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Water is still cold....

Especially up in northern Minnesota. No information on the size of the boat or the father's sailing experience. It was gusting to 30+ and steady around 20-25 all day. The lake is about a mile across, a little less maybe, and about a mile and a half or so long. So I am thinking the boat had to be 22 or less. How about we keep the armchair quarterbacking with 20/20 hindsight out of this and just take it as a lesson? I know that is hard here, especially here at SN.

2 of 3 boys on capsized sailboat die.
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Re: Water is still cold....

Incredibly sad story....too little information to go on, but it sounds like a very poor decision was made....too little sailing experience and knowledge (harsh conditions, unable to right the boat), not properly dressed (wetsuits for a small, capsizable boat)....without knowing the size/model of the boat, experience of the father, what they were in fact equipped with....

One thing is for sure....that poor man will have to live the rest of his life knowing he put his children into a very dangerous situation and lost 2 of them. This sort of thing can devastate his life, marriage....everything. I hope he survives this.
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Re: Water is still cold....

Whenever I have sailed a dingy I have ALWAYS dressed for the water, not the air. A lot of days spent in wet suits and drysuits, even well into spring, but it was safe.
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