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Rig failure - badly set up and maintained. Fairly moderate conditions according to my son-in-law who was aboard.
Good thing it happened at the start and not 50 miles out.
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The big sailing is sailing on your own island. You definitely are the king of the world on a big sailing boat. It is one of the most unique experiences a human can experience. The freedom you feel in a big boat is incomparable to any other small ones. The grandiosity of such an adventure can only be lived and not described.
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Smackdaddy - I just saw your report on the Race to the Border. Great! I'm happy it worked out for ya. Too bad the winds didn't cooperate, but that's sailin. Ya gets what ya gets. Now, if you want more....i2f is looking for crew from Panama to Hawaii! Or, another friend might be looking for crew after hurricane season, sailing back to Texas from Rio Dulce, Guatamala.

IMO, it is risky trying to find crew (or get a crew position) on the forums. It has worked for me though, so far. I met i2f through one of the boards, drove to Florida for his Fall Ball, and later sailed to Colombia from NE Florida with him and Mel. Definitely the trip of a lifetime for me.

Thanks again for the report, smack. Btw, I did the Harvest Moon Regatta with James aboard Rhapsody. We had more than enough wind for that one...YouTube - ‪Mono hull sailing next to Lagoon 420 Catamaran in the 2010 Harvest Moon Regatta‬‏

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Standing night watch in 35-40 knots sustained about 300 miles southeast of Halifax - we sailed with a triple reef main and a postage stamp foresail. I still think most of the power was simply from the Windage in the rigging and spars. there was hardly any sail.

We decided to broad reach and had a wild ride all night.
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Standing night watch in 35-40 knots sustained about 300 miles southeast of Halifax - we sailed with a triple reef main and a postage stamp foresail. I still think most of the power was simply from the Windage in the rigging and spars. there was hardly any sail.

We decided to broad reach and had a wild ride all night.
Now that's a BFS WD. How big were the seas? And how fast were you going on the reach?
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Smackdaddy - I just saw your report on the Race to the Border. Great! I'm happy it worked out for ya. Too bad the winds didn't cooperate, but that's sailin. Ya gets what ya gets. Now, if you want more....i2f is looking for crew from Panama to Hawaii! Or, another friend might be looking for crew after hurricane season, sailing back to Texas from Rio Dulce, Guatamala.

IMO, it is risky trying to find crew (or get a crew position) on the forums. It has worked for me though, so far. I met i2f through one of the boards, drove to Florida for his Fall Ball, and later sailed to Colombia from NE Florida with him and Mel. Definitely the trip of a lifetime for me.

Thanks again for the report, smack. Btw, I did the Harvest Moon Regatta with James aboard Rhapsody. We had more than enough wind for that one...YouTube - ‪Mono hull sailing next to Lagoon 420 Catamaran in the 2010 Harvest Moon Regatta‬‏

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Hey Ralph! Thanks again for hooking me up on that ride! And it was great meeting you and your wife.

I wish I could crew big jumps like that. But work always interferes. Anyway, even if I can't crew with him, I sure hope to meet i2f at some point.
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Now that's a BFS WD. How big were the seas? And how fast were you going on the reach?
The seas weren't all that memorable. The period must have been large and the waves defined, so we were doing the surfing bit.

How fast ? We ended up 200 miles off course after a around 12-15 hours of this, but VMG wasn't our primary consideration during the night.

The boat was a ultra high performance boat designed to win the Transpacific and similar events. There were 5 of us on board. 4 very experienced and 1 decently experienced.

Sleeping was the most interesting, laying against the hull - the water sounded like a fire hose.
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Holy crap WD!!! 200 miles in 12-15 hours??? It might not have "made good" but that's definitely some velocity!

Was the boat one of yours?

(BTW - it's great to have you on SN. Welcome.)
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2nd that WD glad ytour here..

Surfing is one of the first things I plan on perfecting!

"The period must have been large and the waves defined" tid bits are gold
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Not much of a BFS by some of you guy's standards, but for a someone in their first full season with a boat, pretty big for me.
Anyway, took a work colleague sailing after work. Wind was fairly decent, had been around 9-10 knots all day, and at 4pm it had dropped down to about 6. Forecast was for a little over 5 going into the evening so thought it would be a fairly gentle wander around. Anyway, get out of the office there's definitely more than 5 or 6 knots happening. Called the Admiral on the way to boat to see if there was an updated reading, sure enough up around 10 knots again, with the forecast still for it to tail right off. Being the sort that never trusts a forecast round here, I put a reef in the main and hanked on the 135 genoa.
Get out of the harbour, turn us into wind and start getting the main sorted out. Reef point promptly drops off the rams horn, workmate goes forward to get that sorted. So far so good, get the main up, tell him to take the tiller and keep us to the wind so I can sort out the rest of the reef. Engine promptly splutters and dies. Anyway, get him to let it turn off the wind to get some speed up and we eventually get the main done.
By this time we were running just under main at 5 knots, which was pretty fun. Got the genoa up as well and then spent a good 90 minutes haring around, wind gusting and putting us on our ear at times, rode some of them, headed up for some and let the main for others, depending on how I felt but always under control. Great sail around, hit 6.65knots through the water, and 6.9 over land at one point, which isn't bad for a boat with a 20ft waterline!
Anyway, got back in with little trouble, checked the weather and turns out it had been a sustained 16 knots, with gusts to 20 (edit - actually 33kph sustained which is just shy of 18, so must have been gusting to early 20s!). Glad I put that first reef in or it would have been a bit of a handful.
So, not much of a BFS as far as it goes, but the highest winds I've had my boat out in, and considering I was the most experienced on board, that makes it a BFS in my book.
Oh and the motor quit just as we entered the slip too. I gotta get the idle speed upped a touch!
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