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Old 09-26-2010
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Schooner Zodiac dismasted

Yesterday we were out sailing in Rosario Strait (PNW), it was beautiful day and there was lot's of warm wind (unusual). We heard something on the radio about a sailboat being dismasted near Lummi Island which was about 5 NM north of our position, but it sounded like there were boats assisting so we continued on our circumnavigation of Blakely Island.
I just read this morning that the boat was the 160' schooner Zodiac which sails out of Bellingham and is a frequent sight in the San Juan Islands. No one was seriously hurt which is amazing (22 school kids on board).
Here is a link to the only details I can find and a link to the Zodiac's site.


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I didn't see if or when the mast was ever replaced on Zodiac. That is going to wipe out the rest of their cruise season for a long time.
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Yikes!

Amazing no one was hurt -- thankfully.
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The article in the Seattle times says the mast had been replaced in the 80's.

We were east of Guemes Island at that time on Saturday, and decided that the wind was too much for our 33 foot sailboat, though Zodiac should have handled that wind better than we did.
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The article in the Seattle times says the mast had been replaced in the 80's.

We were east of Guemes Island at that time on Saturday, and decided that the wind was too much for our 33 foot sailboat, though Zodiac should have handled that wind better than we did.
I was in the South Sound Saturday afternoon and had already arrived at our destination (Oro Bay) before a very nice 10 knot breeze picked up. Biggest problem we had was that we didn't bring sunscreen, it is almost October after all.
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At first glance I thought the stick had rot. But then I remembered breaking an unstayed wooden mast while sailing. It broke right across just above the partners. A member of another forum has been aboard since the accident and says the wood is sound, the crew is examining fittings.
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David,aka dodenda was aboard last weekend in August or there abouts with his son.

As I look at it, the mast can be fixed. The people on board, with the worst injury a scrapes and bruises, could have been way way worst of an accident. I am sure the mental scare will last a while, but still, overall minor issues other than the mast.

Hopefully they will be on the road/water again soon once the problem is figure out.

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