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VOR Video - Boom

Poor fellow getting hit by the boom on Leg 4 of the Volvo Ocean Race
Ericsson 3 (1/26/2009).

Volvo Ocean Race TV | News | News | Knock out blow (26/01/09)
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Wow - that's some serious Kung Fu. Did you see the helmsman tweak it to starboard just before the smack? That'll teach that dude to complain about the driving again.
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I watched it on youtube since the above link didn't work for me.

YouTube - Knock out blow (26/01/09) - VOLVO OCEAN RACE 2008/9

It seems the preventer broke.

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The preventer was very thin for that size boom. I use a docking line which is 5/8 inch.
Smack, that little tweet was after the boom moved.

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If you look closely you can see they had a preventer. And when they tacked, the preventer was not allowing the boom to move.

the guy was hit, when they released the preventer, not that it broke.
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And that guy found out why they call that stick a Boom

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I've watched this video over and over...I can't see anyone releasing the preventer. It looks like it breaks or un-ties/un-velcros at the boom. It looks like it is terminated in a loop around the boom and then it comes apart, left dangling after the hit to the head. Ouch!

He should take a lesson from this guy, he's the BOOM KING:



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Now the worry warts will start pushing for us to start wearing safety helmets when on a boat. Just in case the boom swings and smacks you a good one.

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Nah, with skulls as thick as found on sailnet, helmets are unneccessary...
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Now the worry warts will start pushing for us to start wearing safety helmets when on a boat. Just in case the boom swings and smacks you a good one.

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