Last Man Standing
Join Date: Aug 2008
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Re: Big Freakin' Sails
Thanks, but you put it together. I sent you about all I could find with the pics and you used them all really well. Nice job!
I've never raced the Chicago-Mac but I sailed up there 8 times. In 2011, the race had its first fatalities when a storm clocking 100 knots tore through the racers. Here's a video of one boat coming into the storm. This is an enormous BFS!
Mackinac - The Storm to remember 2011 - YouTube
This is what was left of the boat that had loss of life, Wingnuts, a Kiwi 35
Wingnuts 7-19-2011 - YouTube
That was definitely one crazy wicked storm. I followed the whole thing pretty closely when it was going on. What happened to Wingnuts was a major tragedy. A boat design that was very vulnerable to exactly what hit it.
BFS is always about facing big conditions, yes...but it's much more about coming home...then excitedly telling your story for years. Go big - but stay safe.
PS - Here's the best and most sobering video I've seen from the 2011 Mac:
S/V Dawn Treader - 1989 Hunter Legend 40
Last edited by smackdaddy; 11-14-2012 at 06:51 PM.