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Captain Opts to Ground Sailboat - Cape May County Herald
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Captain Opts to Ground Sailboat
Cape May County Herald
NORTH WILDWOOD - A sailboat carrying the boat's captain and his family appeared on North Wildwood's 7th Avenue beach early Sept. 10, The Wildwood Video Archive reports. The boat's captain, who was not identified, told The Wildwood Video Archive ...




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Seems correct to me.

If I lost my engine, I'd have no other choice but to beach the sailboat.

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Looks like he was out of sails and anchors.
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Seems correct to me.

If I lost my engine, I'd have no other choice but to beach the sailboat.

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Don'tcha carry an anchor or two? Never mind those white cloth things on the poles and wires.

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What a handy tactic.

Sailnet is great, I'm always learning something new.
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Beaching a keel boat seems like a pretty risky maneuver. Should have bought the towing package for $150. Probably cost a grand to get pulled off that beach.

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Re: Captain Opts to Ground Sailboat - Cape May County Herald

7th Avenue beach is not far from the mouth of Hereford inlet. That's not exactly keelboat country. He may have lost power shortly after clearing the inlet and then spent time trying to re-start the outboard instead of raising sails or dropping a hook? Who knows.

I see a mainsail, but no genoa ( unless he removed it) It Would be hard to claw off a lee shore with just a mainsail. With the tide turning against him. There does look to be an anchor on the deck near the bow, but I can't make it out. That keel is buried in the sand pretty good. Too bad, it would have been a good sail (if there was wind) to Cape May, with an inbound current, he could have dropped a hook inside and called the coasties and boat u.s.

He left that inlet in the dark with his family ? At low tide. So he would have had the rising tide pushing him back toward the beach pretty soon thereafter.

I wouldn't want to enter or leave that inlet in it in broad daylight

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