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Re: One Last "All is Lost " thread

Originally Posted by upshift View Post
You want an impossibility?

Hooking a drogue up to the sea container in a flat sea would never flip it. The physics for that doesn't add up. A real anchor would have given a downward force and could have rotated the container if the math worked out but the drogue would simply float alongside…
Wasn't supposed to flip it.
He was unable to sail away from the container as his boat and the container were stuck drifting together, so he changed the drift rate of the container so it would separate on it's own.
Probably the most realistic part of the movie actually.

Just like newhaul said.

The lesson from the Icarus story is not about human failing.
It is a lesson about the limitations of wax as an adhesive.
If you have an engineering problem solve it.
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