SailNet Community - View Single Post - Knock Downs
Thread: Knock Downs
View Single Post
  #111  
Old 03-23-2008
Hm2michaud Hm2michaud is offline
C30 #2850
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Posts: 9
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 0
Hm2michaud is on a distinguished road
Schooner Knock Down

It was a hot, hazy summer August afternoon in 1996, with thunderstorms predicted that the 126 ft S/V Adventure, an Essex built 1926 schooner, left Newburyport. Ma bound for Gloucester. A squall came up off of Rockport and she suffered a knockdown. The fear was that the gaff rig would break free and tumble to the deck, the reality was the port rail was forced to the water as the main sail burster apart, as the crew was unable to free the 2 inch main sheet. A knock down happens in a instant, with unimaginable force and with little time to respond. As you run to safe harbor, sometimes the devil grabs you, but after the storm, tranquility and peace surrounds you. This was my experience in a powerful knock down situation.
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook