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post #31 of 35 Old 07-14-2019
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Re: Catamaran flipped two die

The cat vs mono arguments tire me. Their never needs to be a comparison. One that flips, sinks..you need to look at the operator. Both types of boats in experienced hands can perform well. Again it has to do with the operator.

Age is not determine a faultfull operator. I don’t see that as a criterion. Your brain isn’t slower , your skill are not forgotten with age, your ability to make decisions is still there. I get tired of people stereotyping people by age.

Sure I understand that you physically loose some strength...and maybe balance but really what difference does 78 mean in terms of him sailing or captaining a vessel.

The determining factor in this capsize will probably be found as a bad decision in terms of conditions. As Mark said the conditions mention are certainly nothing unusual for a well built boat, catamaran or mono.....but the person steering the boat may be the weak link here....but not by age....but by decision making
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"Never forget that the sea is a harsh mistress, and will kill you if you let her."

Probably the wisest sailing advice I've ever been given.

My heart goes out to everyone who's lost someone at sea.
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Re: Catamaran flipped two die

Just to put the mono vs Cat argument in perspective, it's probably better to be in a cat upside down than a mono going to the bottom. Just today, July 16, the Santa Cruz 70 (mono) OEX sank several hundred miles offshore during the second night of the 2019 Transpac. Her rudder shaft tore open a hole in the stern and they could not control the flooding. All 11 crew were saved by Roy Disney's boat nearby that diverted to pick up two life rafts of crew and return to San Pedro. OEX is at the bottom. As they approached in the dark, they said it was disheartening to see the boat with full sails still up going down....total loss but all crew saved......
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Re: Catamaran flipped two die

Five boats have quit the race with rudder issues, which seems high to me. A couple are taking on water and seriously listing, but the crews are working hard to get them back in before they sink. Luckily, they all happened on the first half of the race.

The Mod-70 trimaran Maserati hit a large floating object that punched a hole in the bow of one hull and took out one rudder. They are still racing by keeping the damaged bow out of the water and using the good rudder. Making good speed too, but their tactics will be limited.

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They are still racing by keeping the damaged bow out of the water and using the good rudder. Making good speed too, but their tactics will be limited.

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