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F 27 dismasted near Baltimore lighthouse. possible BFS
My first multihull experience didn't go as planned. Was fun, and a very wet and fast ride, but I'll let the owner/skipper tell the story. Winds were forecasted to be steady 20-25 with some websites calling for winds up to 35, we didn't see 35, maybe 30.
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Sailed super conservative. Main reefed well below 50% of SA. Started under jib and then sailed first two gybes with screecher. Gybed back to port for the river and hoisted the small chute. Boat felt absolutely great. No slamming, no loading, mast rock solid - no pumping, bow up attitude, new top speed (23.5knots) and finger tip control on the helm.
Smiles all around. Then an explosion heard in my left ear (I think it was parts of the shackle(s) that hold together the uppers, checks and tensioner letting go) and the mast buckled at the intermediates/baby stay (I may have the sequence wrong; things happened fast).
Recovered all the wire (none broken, mast, and sails. Tear in spin and two tears in luff of main. Minor damage to bowsprit attachment at bow.
Screecher halyard badly frayed.
Kevin Duffy, his friend Trevor (not sure last name), and John Nicholson all did a fantastic job of securing gear, minimizing further damage, and cleaning up. I really want to stress this as I can't say enough god things about them collectively an individually. No panic, just calm, cool, and collected.
I think the only thing we eventually lost overboard (or ws stolen from the boat last night) ws the tensioners from both sides and a shackle. I coiled all the wire and stripped as much as I could from the mast this morning (BTW its really shocking how much all that wires weighs!!!).
I thought everyone would know because I heard a call on the radio about a tri losing its mast. We immediately responded that all were on board, in lifejackets, safe and cleaing up and that we did not need or want any assistance. I also radioed that we were abandoning the race and thought I got a response from the RC. That is not intended as a commentary on any previous events; its just the way it played out for us. I needed to stay down wind as the only thing holding the lower half of the mast up was the wind in the remaining main and did not want anyone getting in our way as we secured stuff. We had adequate sea room; the only thing that culd have meesed us up was a boat in the way so I was glad folks stayed clear. There was a large sailing vessel (pretty classic looking
boat) that did head towards us to render aid if it ws needed but he/she seemed to understand what we were doing and they gave us the searoom we needed. Don't know who that was but I owe them a thanks. Anyway, like I said the crew did great, got a line forward to support the remaining stump, and then we eased into the wind and slowely lowered what was left to the deck.
Anybody know somebody with an F27 mast for sale? Boat sure looks sad all cleaned up with no mast.
Not sure what will hapen with insurance but next time the boat will be painted blue and named Viagra. Our fleet might be getting a rep of not being able to keep it up!!
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Merit 25 # 764 "Audrey"