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post #2 of Old 07-17-2012
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Re: Tell us yer Sea Stories

This just in... A J/120 from our club, returning from the Newport-Bermuda race earlier this month hit something in the middle of the night. It stopped the boat (which had been moving at about 8 knots) with a bang. The sprit, which had been housed at the time, was rammed aft through the head bulkhead. A padeye for the sprit's retaining line in the forward cabin got sheared off and shot back into the bulkhead with such force that it left a U-shaped mark where it hit. No other apparent damage to the stem, bow, deck or fittings, but the sprit is jammed into its housing and may have to be cut apart to get it out. A whale, maybe?
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