Given the reports of conditions that Btrayfors has come up with.... I don't see the boat getting overpowered all that easily....there just wasn't enough wind from what the buoys are reporting. 22 knots of wind isn't that much wind.
I wonder if he was using an autopilot and a gust caught him unaware and away from the helm. I have had some moments of concern while single-handing my Corsair. I need to use the autopilot while doing some of the line handling. If he was pushing things and flying a hull, one gust in combination with an unfriendly wave could ruin your whole day.
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a boat to the sea you don't love, she'll shake you off just as sure as the turning of the worlds. Love keeps
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