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Re: Transpac boat sinks
I’ve sailed a lot of overpowered dinghies, and then big slow keelboats, but never what I’d consider a large overpowered boat. So, forgive my ignorance, but I’ve always wondered how they jibe these monsters in high wind. Heck, I’ll even chicken-jibe (head up, tack, bear off) a Thistle if it’s blowing over 20 kts. That’s 200 sq.ft. of roached main on a 300 lb round chine hull, very tippy, but not exactly life-threatening.
The thing to remember is that even in very high winds, the apparent wind is almost always forward of abeam when these boats are at speed. And when they jib, the wind from astern (even in wind speeds approaching 50 knots) the apparent wind speed is less than 20 knots.
Here are a couple videos that shows what big fast boat jibes look like:
and (around 10 minutes in)
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