Discussion in 'Popular Yacht Topics' started by CaptEvan, Jan 25, 2007.
I'm not much of a sailor, but do they have the wrong sail up for the wind direction??
They had the right idea, but very wrongly implemented: http://www.sailmagazine.com/cruising/cruising-tips/storm-sails-do-you-need-them/
Baltimore Bob, you are correct. Did some time on a blow boat in the past. You always have to have some of the mainsail up as that is what gives you drive. Without it, well you see the result in the vid. Inexperience and lack of preparation are a recipe for disaster.
Not so, you can sail just fine with just a head sail. Furling head sails are much easier to handle as conditions change as opposed to having to reef or lower a main sail.
You can sail fine with a headsail but downwind. You will never point up wind without the main... it's basic physics and sailing 101 No main, you don't have the lift to pull upwind.
This is why they ended up in the breakers. They should have taken reefs on the main not drop it. Although I suspect some rig failure as the boom is not even visible in the clip.
Good eye. They were doomed to blow down wind with what they had left.
The big problem was that the weather jib sheet was fouled or the leeward sheet had come undone.. You can see the clew curled over to the port side and the guy on deck trying to clear the problem. He might be trying to get the starboard sheet onto the jib. Notice, too, that the crew is all properly kitted out for the conditions with full foulies and vests, and that the jib is a high-tech carbon mylar racing sail. Not just weekend sailors in a rental sailboat. There's a full length video on ******** where the boat is a good distance off the pier where the problems developed, HERE
Looks like we have another one.
At least their fenders were ready. This is why i want the biggest anchor i can fit, just in case.