Originally Posted by Cruisingdad
Really? I have seen (and been on a few) hard groundings and never seen a rig come down or worry about it.
Maybe Hylas is experimenting with the B&R rig? (hehe, just a joke, duck and run).
Jon, I am not convinced a single chain plate would bring down that rig unless they had multiple shourds/stays on it... and even then...??? Wouldn't they have to have at least two failures or more? Again, assuming they are not using the B&R rig, am I wrong? I really don't know.
I like your compression theory the best.
Well, I think it's worth noting that it was an in-mast furling rig, affording "infinite push-button reefing abilities...” As Tom's pic shows, it sheared off right above the boom...
In other words, right about where that slot cut in the back of the mast section begins, and continues to the top of the rig.... :-)
I suspect the folks at GMT are not happy about this one, at all...
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