Of course it wasn't deliberate! Obviously the racing is a very controlled environment and there are chase boats right there that are better equipped to rescue the swimmers than the big cat is, and it would be incredibly dangerous for one of those boats to be forced to turn around and go back with another boat on the course coming at them at 40kts! It only makes sense that they waive that rule in those circumstances. I am sure it would be a different situation if the guys just got up and jumped overboard voluntarily!
Rule 47.2 - A yacht shall not permit any person on board to intentionally leave unless ill or injured, except as a result of a capsize, a person leaving shall not be accepted back on board nor replaced during the race.
In other words they are not ALLOWED to pick them up even if they wanted to!
I am amazed that the boat didn't sustain more damage stuffing the bow that badly!
1979 Santana 30 Tall Rig
Last edited by SchockT; 08-18-2013 at 03:14 AM.