Join Date: Nov 2006
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Here's a story for you..
My boat's twin sister (built in 2002, mine 2006), racing the Around Portugal Regatta, was sailing downwind, at 21kts when at 21:20 the lower shroud's turn buckle failed due to admited manufacturing defect.
The middle part of the mast ( custom Sparcraft) disapeared, as well as the spinnaker, spi pole and a few blocks. Main sail was torn also.
The violence when the mast broke was such that the windvane, VHF antenna and ST60 rotor were clean off!!.
Managed to sail back home (note the engine is a small 20HP NANI just to get in and out of marina, that can't get more than 5kts at full power), with 2nd spinnaker pole and small storm stay. (you can see the makeshift rig in the photo).
It was a litle scary, because no one could see a thing in the dark.
New mast in place, after 1 month.
Last edited by Giulietta; 01-03-2007 at 12:59 PM.