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Sailboat SMASHED into LA pier. Video!

Very, very lucky no one was killed.

Boat needs 5200 and gaffer tape.

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Re: Sailboat SMASHED into LA pier. Video!

The full video is here:

Looks like the skipper got in over his head.
Redondo is known around here for it's light winds - motoring is common.
Many of these guys don't know how to deal when actually faced with strong conditions.

Interestingly enough, the other side of Palos Verdes in San Pedro typically has 24kts in the afternoons.
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Would like to hear the story behind this.
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And that Ladies and Gentlemen is why you want to avoid finding yourself clawing off a lee shore.
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Re: Sailboat SMASHED into LA pier. Video!

Watching the ideo, you see the helmsperson throw the tiller hard to starboard, apparently trying to avoid the pier, in the moments before the boat is swept into the pier. Because the boat was moving so slowly, this had the effect of stalling the rudder and stopping the boat. In effect, the boat was practically hove-to when the final wave hits.

I'd like to know what happened, as the boat apparently had steerage early on in the video (it manages to gybe once - almost twice). Somehow, the boat did make it out of the harbor. Why was the main down completely? Also, why was a crewman on the starboard deck messing with the jib? What happened to the engine? What happened here?

At the end of the full video, you can see that she's totally trashed (looks like it went through a blender).

[EDIT] Catalina 25?

I feel sorry for the owner of the vessel.


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Re: Sailboat SMASHED into LA pier. Video!

We owned one of those boats for 15 years... a Martin 242. A very weatherly boat, she could have easily sailed her way out of that if proper measures had been taken earlier.. This crew didn't have the chops, by the look of it.

I wonder how fast these conditions came up..

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Re: Sailboat SMASHED into LA pier. Video!

When these boats race one-design they lash the outboard below amidships.. From the SA discussion it appears the breeze went from 10k to 30+k in a matter of minutes. That boat's a bit scary for an inexperienced crew in that kind of breeze, and perhaps they had an issue with their jibsheets (likely badly tangled with all that flogging - BTDT).

Bad day to 'stow the motor' as it turned out but in reality the motor may not have helped them much in that surf - but had they sailed/motored their way out of that in the early stages of the longer vid I think they'd have been OK.

A miracle no one was driven into the pilings on the way through.

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The SA discussion is pretty.....pretty good. Not as much armchair MFing as I would have expected. I know I have been in situations that tested my seamanship, but very little of it caught on multiple cameras. Can't wait to get the inside dope from those involved. I have sailed into King Harbor several times and never considered how treacherous it could be. All of Santa Monica bay is tranquil, right?

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Re: Sailboat SMASHED into LA pier. Video!

In the first video, (I'm out in the woods with only my phone right now so haven't been able to watch the full length video yet) I think a little 5 or 6 hp outboard might not have been the best tool for getting them out of that situation.

The Genoa looked like it should have been big enough to provide plenty of propulsion. Hard to say whether they couldn't get sheeted in or didn't get it sheeted in, but I've seen outboards not work or not do their jobs on more than one occasion too.

I bet we won't be seeing this vid on the it's easy to sail/no need to learn to sail well threads.

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