Over Hill Sailing Club
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Adirondacks NY
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Re: series drogue or para anchor?
I read that in the '79 Fastnet race, several boats simply hove to, and the ones that did suffered no real damage. Does the JSD offer significant advantages over a simple heave to?
That was a story told by Alberg about his A35:-) The story goes that the crew just took the sails down and went below and played cards. They were probably just lucky because once breaking waves reach a height of around half a boat length, ANY boat will capsize if hit broadside by a breaking wave. That would have been around 17' for an A35. Waves were reported to be MUCH higher than that. Boats in the race and commercial ships in the area reported 65 mph winds and waves from 20 to 40 feet in height.
It's interesting to read this report:http://www.blur.se/images/fastnet-race-inquiry.pdf
Alberg 35: With a philosophical flourish Cato throws himself upon his sword; I quietly take to the ship.
Last edited by smurphny; 09-11-2013 at 09:10 AM.