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Maybe we should wait for some word from the sailor himself, who sounds from the banter so far like an experienced, well-equipped and presumably level-headed guy.

Me, I prefer vessels that seek to put the mast (or, if the mast is already history, then the deck) back towards the sky when it happens momentarily to be pointing towards the ocean floor. But that's just me..
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On Sunday May 11, a woman fell overboard on a cruise ship just outside Atlantic City.
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On Sunday May 11, a woman fell overboard on a cruise ship just outside Atlantic City.
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I saw that. Unfortunately she'll probably come ashore one of these days near us.
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Brac,

The times given are in UTC (GMT). You need to deduct 4 hours to get EDT.

So, the time you mentioned (10pm UTC) was, indeed, the reported time of capsize.

And, as we've all noted before, things were apparently not too bad.

I don't know multihulls at all, so I can't speculate what happened. A friend with a large cat told me today that the Corsair is a very light boat. We need to hear from the sailor himself.

I do know that I've been in exactly that place a number of times, and it can get choppy and nasty off the NJ coast, even for a well found and larger monohull.

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FWIW...the boat was indeed VERY light and just a light pull on his docklines sent the boat scooting. He was powered by a small outboard. My guess is that he had lots of sail up and was hit by a gust and went over quickly.
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The Corsair 31 is probably 500 lbs. lighter than my Telstar 28, and has 650 sq. ft. of sail area, versus the 430 sq. ft. on my boat... Yeah, they're pretty light, and pretty overcanvassed.
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Does anyone think he could have hit something?

Punched a hole in one of the floatie thingies? (amas or whatever?)

It seems like something happened that he's kinda ashamed to admit. (No face on the interview etc.) Maybe he ran into something?

Dunno.. just thinking outloud on a public forum...(good idea craig)
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That's definitely a possibility, given how one ama is floating and the other appears submerged.
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Guys,

At the risk of repeating myself, we don't know what happened. The one guy who does is the guy who was out there and who (thank God) is still with us, and still "compos mentis", so maybe he should be the one to tell us what did or didn't happen. He sounds like someone with experience, so if anyone knows how to contact him, he may quite possibly tell us what took place, in the interest of preventing a reoccurrance.

'Til then, I think we're swatting at flies..
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