Tragedy on Clipper Race - SailNet Community
 2Likes
  • 1 Post By MarkofSeaLife
  • 1 Post By casey1999
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 9 Old 09-05-2015 Thread Starter
Senior Member
 
Slayer's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: North Andover, MA
Posts: 770
Thanks: 17
Thanked 17 Times in 17 Posts
Rep Power: 11
 
Tragedy on Clipper Race

I've been following this race/event. So sad this happened. Does not seem fair he lost his life living his dream.

http://clipperroundtheworld.com/news...cial-statement
Slayer is online now  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 9 Old 09-06-2015
Senior Member
 
hpeer's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2005
Location: East Coast US
Posts: 489
Thanks: 9
Thanked 14 Times in 14 Posts
Rep Power: 13
 
Re: Tragedy on Clipper Race

I agree, very sad.

Reminds me of a guy that was hit by a main sheet crossing the Atlantic a few years ago. His adult son was on the same boat.

Sounds like a hard gibe?
hpeer is online now  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
post #3 of 9 Old 09-07-2015
ASA and PSIA Instructor
 
Join Date: Apr 2000
Posts: 3,849
Thanks: 13
Thanked 38 Times in 38 Posts
Rep Power: 18
 
Re: Tragedy on Clipper Race

The risk of injury from a gybing mainsheet is one of the prime reasons that I like the traveller located on the cabin top.

Certified...in several regards...
sailingfool is online now  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
 
post #4 of 9 Old 09-07-2015
Senior Member
 
MarkofSeaLife's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Posts: 4,232
Thanks: 46
Thanked 188 Times in 167 Posts
Rep Power: 7
 
Dock
It doesn't say gybing at all. There is no reason for the skipper or organization to lie.

It says reefing at night and hit by the mainsheet. So we should think he was aft along the line of the boom when flicked by the mainsheet. Indicates a problem when they were reefing.
Indicates boom was flailing about.
Shows sheets, especially exotics like Dyneema are very hard, very dangerous.

These accidents can happen... but maybe more so on a fully crewed boat than short handed.

Watch the sheets! Watch the boom!
Yorksailor likes this.

Last edited by MarkofSeaLife; 09-07-2015 at 08:57 AM.
MarkofSeaLife is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
post #5 of 9 Old 09-07-2015
Otter
 
DivingOtter's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2012
Location: Toms River NJ
Posts: 331
Thanks: 0
Thanked 3 Times in 3 Posts
Rep Power: 6
 
As I primarily sail solo, I have a short shot of like that I rig as a boom preventer when sailing downwind or even in light conditions where heavy wake can effect effect the boat. I don't have a traveler on my boat it's just a fixed cable into block and tackle on the transom so I simply pop a bowline into the boom attachment shackle and cleat it off the the stern cleat.
DivingOtter is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
post #6 of 9 Old 09-07-2015
Over Hill Sailing Club
 
smurphny's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Adirondacks NY
Posts: 3,663
Thanks: 93
Thanked 111 Times in 108 Posts
Rep Power: 9
 
Re: Tragedy on Clipper Race

Sailing is a dangerous endeavor. Always has been and always will be. It is trying to tame and use enormous forces, both water and wind which can kill in a second in some way or another. There, but by the..........

Alberg 35: With a philosophical flourish Cato throws himself upon his sword; I quietly take to the ship.
smurphny is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
post #7 of 9 Old 09-07-2015
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2015
Location: Colorado
Posts: 404
Thanks: 59
Thanked 7 Times in 7 Posts
Rep Power: 3
 
Re: Tragedy on Clipper Race

Fifteen years ago I raced BMX, a bicycle racing sport that is primarily for people who bounce off of solid ground well. I raced from the age of 35 until I was 46 and faired pretty well with a number of successful national finishes. People often asked me why I would do such a thing when I could sustain a serious injury in a sport that did not have a monetary gain for me. My reply to them was to ask if I should quit working because the chance for a serious injury is pretty high in my occupation. You had better enjoy what you do for a living because it will occupy the majority of your life.......
Rocky Mountain Breeze is online now  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
post #8 of 9 Old 09-08-2015
Senior Member
 
Yorksailor's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: In New Zealand about to head for Alaska.
Posts: 665
Thanks: 29
Thanked 33 Times in 30 Posts
Rep Power: 8
 
Re: Tragedy on Clipper Race

The UK Marine Accident Investigation Branch will provide a detailed report on the accident as they did on the loss of the Cheeki Rafiki 2 years ago. We will have to wait 6-9 month for the report.

https://www.gov.uk/maib-reports/keel...oss-of-4-lives

These reports make good reading and are very instructive...better to read about a disaster than to be part of one!

https://www.gov.uk/government/upload...73856/LCSD.pdf

Mark's analysis may well be correct...

We are about to set off from Bora Bora to Tonga (1300 nm)...the deep reef will be in before we leave the lagoon. A slower passage of 10 rather than 8 days is preferable to going to the mast and reefing a 700 sq ft main, at night, in a 40 knot squall.

Phil

Last edited by Yorksailor; 09-08-2015 at 11:50 AM.
Yorksailor is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
post #9 of 9 Old 09-10-2015
Senior Member
 
casey1999's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: HI
Posts: 3,550
Thanks: 23
Thanked 53 Times in 51 Posts
Rep Power: 7
 
Re: Tragedy on Clipper Race

It may be a good idea for sailors to start wearing helmets (like a light weight climbing helmet) when doing sail work or sailing in high winds, especially single handers. I was planning to pick one up but forgot about it. I will order one now.
Slayer likes this.

In the beginning, there was only water...
casey1999 is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

By choosing to post the reply above you agree to the rules you agreed to when joining Sailnet.
Click Here to view those rules.

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the SailNet Community forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
Please note: After entering 3 characters a list of Usernames already in use will appear and the list will disappear once a valid Username is entered.


User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in









Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.




Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
At sea. Clipper Round the World Race: New York Clipper’s appetite for destruction @ BYM Sailing News NewsReader News Feeds 0 04-20-2006 02:15 PM
At sea. Clipper Round the World Race: Victoria Clipper’s attack of the blobs @ BYM Sailing News NewsReader News Feeds 0 04-20-2006 01:15 PM
At sea. Clipper Round the World Race: Jersey Clipper riding High out of Yokohama @ BYM Sailing News NewsReader News Feeds 0 04-20-2006 11:15 AM
At sea. Clipper Round the World race: Peter Robson reports from Victoria Clipper @ BYM Sailing News NewsReader News Feeds 0 04-20-2006 10:17 AM
At sea. Clipper 05-06 Round the World Yacht Race: Cardiff Clipper still storming away @ BYM Sailing News NewsReader News Feeds 0 04-13-2006 06:15 PM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome