Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: New Orleans
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I'm interested in this eventual outcome regarding this particular boat, because I don't think sailors who don't run aground, or don't hit something, should have to worry about whether the keel will stay on. They have enough to worry about already.
A keel failure any time is frightening, and at night in brisk weather, it's sudden and horrifying. The Cynthia Woods crew were all solid sailors, and even they didn't all escape.
I hope that between designers, builders, and repairers, we all learn something for the future. This just can't keep happening. I remember seeing the photos of the offshore racer "Moquini", found months later turtled with no keel, and no survivors, and it gave me the chills.