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Re: One dead, four missing in Farallones sailboat race

Originally Posted by KeelHaulin View Post
I suspect that the cable that the helicopter uses is an anti-torsion design so that whatever it is hauling will not start spinning due to the wind created by the rotor blades.
Probably correct. That, combined with the fact that the pick points were Fore and Aft (as opposed to Port and Starboard) might explain why the boat flew abeam. Sad to see her flying sideways over her domain, at speeds she should have never obtained.
In any case, that is one Baaaaad little bird! Basically, a cockpit attached to a massive engine. The load on the Rotors made them saucer shaped. Amazing!
Back to sailing - This article probably sums up the tether issue, and supports my theory that "life" lines are overrated, and tethers are underrated. Farallones survivor: Sailors must rethink safety

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