Denise, All that they did so far in that video is not break the mast. They are still pretty screwed as the video ended - The only thing in thier favor is the boat flopped back into it's port side and into a mere round-up. The boat could have just as easily fell back onto it's starboard side, wherin they would expereience a really bad hair day as the boat would automatically have rounded down. I had one bad round up situation in pretty marginal conditions and I can tell you it is pretty violent. The good news is nobody fell off and I suppose nobody broke any bones.
Oh I know that Chuckles but still.. just amazing to see the boat recover mostly on it's own LOL
That is in fact a great video. It was already been posted but I guess that is never too much, it is really a great one. I have already commented it:
Originally Posted by PCP
Not a very frequent figure on a Figaro II that is a solo racing boat and therefore with a bigger tolerance than a boat designed to do full crewed racing.
These are no amateuts but professional racers testing the boat limits. They are followed not by a reporter boat bot by their coach that is filming for analyzing the performance and errors later with them. I guess they had a lot to analyze that day
They explain the accident:
They where training at the EMC Training (Training Center Mediterranean).
On the boat Xavier Macaire and Yves Le Blevec going at 15 knots downwind with a 35K wind. They put up their small spinnaker and quickly pass to 20K speed. "Normally Macaire says, the Figaro, it's manageable on these conditions ..." Except that in this case, the operation resulted in an involuntary spectacular figure, the kind it is usual in multihulls.
The mistake? "We had not moved all the equipment to the back of the boat and we had to sail well downwind to stay away of the coast," said Macarius. "So it was difficult for Yves to unload the bow." Good result.
I guess that they where scared when happened but I am quite sure they had a good laugh after this crazy accident. Take a look at some other professionals training with that boat, a Benetau Figaro II, a solo racing boat:
These are all professional racers and all young. These are the guys that are learning, trying to be good enough to sail an Open60's and all dream with winning the Vendee Globe
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.