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Re: GGR entrants getting clobbered
Running downwind is precisely the situation under which one pitchpoles. The boat surges ahead down the face of a wave and when the bow reaches the trough of the wave, it digs in and stops while the stern keeps going, causing the boat the boat to rotate end-over-end (not a sideways roll). The circumstances aren't entirely known in Susie's case but it seems likely that the drogue parted before or during the pitchpole. With the drogue no longer providing any resistance, the stern was free to take off.
Right, thatís what happens without a drogue, but with one, the waves should be moving underneath, no? I now realize she lost her drogue before the pitch pole, which makes more sense. Iím not sure that damns a drogue as ineffective, altogether. Was chafe the cause?
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