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I read that the reason that he went that way was that he could not get his pole (parrot beak) to release from the mast, or maybe the sheet, and so decided not to tack. He had sailed in that area before and nothing bad had happened, so even knowing the advisory against sailing through that gap, he figured he would enter under the bridge first and then deal with the headsail issue once he was in shadow.
This is one of the flavours of the feast of stupid...or rather neglectful, that he prepared.
Crossing a bar, put up the damned washboards...As a last resort, it is easy to put early in the list.
Problems with the pole, tack into the wind and fix it while well clear of the stuff that could destroy you.
PFD, it is not enough that it look like a PFD. This guy had bought his fve years earlier and had never checked it or opened it. Turns out the bottle was not screwed into the valve, so when he found himself in the water and pulled it...nothing at all happened.
But best and most relevant of all the rules of good sailing practice is...If you are in a keelboat, do not sail in places where you have to dodge SURFERS!!!!!!!!!!
Last edited by Sasha_V; 10-07-2007 at 11:30 PM.