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Re: Beyond the "Edge"
I just replayed the video several times, stopping the action at different points, trying to figure out what happened, so I can learn from his mistakes. I'm not sure looking backwards was a factor. So he's doing wing and wing with an asym(?) and maybe gets a gust from port that sidewinds the asym and heels the boat way over. At that point it looked like he turned the wheel hard starboard trying to keep the wind at his back, but the boat refused to respond (possibly because heel pulled the rudder too far out of the water?)
Is that accurate, or do you guys see a different scenario?
So aside from having too much sail area up for the conditions (like virtually all racers), what else might he have done to prevent it? Would there have been some other maneuver he could have done? Should he have seen the wind change coming by reading the water?
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1998 Catalina 250WK Take Five (at Anchorage Marina, Essington, on the Delaware River)
1994 Mason 44 Firefly on loan from my BFF (West River, Galesville, MD)
1991 15' Trophy (Lake Wallenpaupack)
1985 14' Phantom (Lake Wallenpaupack)