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Rambler 100 lost keel capsized - all rescued

George David's supermaxi Rambler 100 , a favorite to win Fastnet, capsized between the Fastnet Rock and the Pantaenius Buoy.

Thankfully all 21 of Rambler's crew have been rescued.



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more: RAMBLER 100 CAPSIZES AFTER LOSING KEEL: All 21 crew accounted for [BREAKING NEWS]*|*gCaptain
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Chuck - sorry dude, I didn't see your thread and posted the same story to the "Beyond the Edge" thread.

I'll funnel the flow over here.
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So, the big question is this: Are bulbed blades just plain bad design?
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This gives an idea of what fell off: ballast: 15 metric tonnes



ref: nuttyrave's sailing trivia: Rambler 100

(sorry for the wide frame)

Smack D. I searched for Rambler before I posted, but didn't find your "beyond the edge" post.
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Smack D. I searched for Rambler before I posted, but didn't find your over the edge post.
No worries dude. Like I said, this one deserves its own thread. With all the bulbed-blade keel failures over the past few years, there's obviously a trend that needs addressing by the real designers of the sailing world.
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Check this out...at about 5:00 or so for the keel mount...



PSI/SF? I'm just wondering.
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I think that was a canting keel also, which adds to the structural challenge. Luckily no one died. What is scary here is that the desire to be the fastest sacrifices structural integrity and sometimes lives. This is not a harbor buoy racer but a ocean boat. Pounding thru an ocean takes its toll. I am sure for the designers and builders there will be a lot of questions, lawsuits, involved.
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When you play with rigs like this, the chance of a lawsuit per say is slimmer IMHO than with $maller player$ per say. I would think the owner of the boat would get it rescued, get players involved, and say what broke, how do we fix etc before sending the lawyers after folks.

One also knows, rigs like this are stressed, things are going to break.....part of life in the perverbial fast lane of racing, no matter the creature being driven, be it a car, boat, power or sail, truck, motorcycle............

In the end of things. glad everyone was rescued in one piece ALIVE!

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Looks pretty freakin' cold:
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