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Re: One dead, four missing in Farallones sailboat race

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Is it just me or is the wheel spinning free while the helicopter is carrying it? That might indicate steering failure.
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Re: One dead, four missing in Farallones sailboat race

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Is it just me or is the wheel spinning free while the helicopter is carrying it? That might indicate steering failure.
The boat was bashed on the rocks for over a week, remember? I'm a little surprised it's pretty much in one piece.
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Wow! I've never seen a sailboat carried by a chopper before. It was interesting that the boat stayed beam to the wind. Maybe the straps had something to do with that or maybe the rudder was set to create that. I half expected to see the boat either spinning or bow into the wind.
I suspect that the cable that the helicopter uses is an anti-torsion design so that whatever it is hauling will not start spinning due to the wind created by the rotor blades.
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Re: One dead, four missing in Farallones sailboat race

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I suspect that the cable that the helicopter uses is an anti-torsion design so that whatever it is hauling will not start spinning due to the wind created by the rotor blades.
Probably correct. That, combined with the fact that the pick points were Fore and Aft (as opposed to Port and Starboard) might explain why the boat flew abeam. Sad to see her flying sideways over her domain, at speeds she should have never obtained.
In any case, that is one Baaaaad little bird! Basically, a cockpit attached to a massive engine. The load on the Rotors made them saucer shaped. Amazing!
Back to sailing - This article probably sums up the tether issue, and supports my theory that "life" lines are overrated, and tethers are underrated. Farallones survivor: Sailors must rethink safety

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