Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: Alameda, San Francisco Bay
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Denise, you were luckier than we were on the Areodyne. Before we augured in, we were speeding along somewhere in the 20-25 knot range (could have been going faster but the speedo stops working when the forefoot is completely in the air). Before sticking it in a wave, we were having an exhilarating run and were actually pulling ahead of a pair of Santa Cruz 50’s. Then we drilled it. The Areodyne ran an A-kite so fortunately, we were running at a hotter AWA and when the bow came back up we went over onto our leeward side, mast down in the water. We got tossed around pretty bad at impact. The boat still had pretty good way on despite dragging sideways which unfortunately, we ran over our kite before we could get it back on board. We fractured the rear mounting of the bow sprit, ripped a Kevlar mainsail at mid-girth, and completely shredded a kite. The final repair bill was in the five digits. Until we augured in, it was one hell of a ride. Afterwards, not so much fun to be on a 38 foot boat, laying on its side in 30kts of breeze and 10 foot swells in the North Pacific.
2000 Catalina 34 MkII