Thursday, September 28, 2006

I've Fallen and I Can't Get Up

Here lies "Jack Be Nimble" USA3888. Had a bad spill at the J24 North Americans held at Rochester New York on September 24th, 2006. Great video of the salvage here. It is more of a combination of stills set to appropriate music, a few small video clips interlaced as well. USA3888 was not the only unfortunate incident that day. Look closely at some of the photos of the race in this album and you will see another boat suffered the same fate.

I have never had the pleasure of broaching on a spinnaker run. I would actually like to... and think I should plan with the crew to practice a broach and recovery from the broach just to make sure we are all on the same page and know how to recognize it when it happens and the steps each person should take to depower the boat and avoid the broach (while maintaining speed of course). I came across a great point that may be overlooked when broaching. If the spinnaker happens to fill up with water, if the sheets and guy are not blown in time and the boat gets smacked down with a full spinnaker, it will be almost impossible to right the boat. Here are a few articles for reference on broaching.

Broaching Causes and Cures
Prevention is the best cure to broaching, but there are corrective actions should it occur
by Roger Marshall
Marshall's Marine Review

Some good tips here at the end of this article in 48° North

Here are some images of broaches.

I also found this great series of images of a broach and recovery from an article on sailing anarchy

At least it is comforting to know that even if things go really awry, the boat can be salvaged. Another important tip! If it comes time for the boat to slip under the water and you are in a deep lake...tie one of the halyards or sheets to a pdf (inflated of course) so you can find the boat the next day after the hangover wears off and the salvage crew has been hired!


Anonymous AdriftAtSea said...

Broaches are so much fun... NOT! Just remember, hold the guy, blow the sheet...and you'll be fine... of course, keeping the boat under the spinnaker is better than having to blow the sheet, but mistakes happen.

12:07 AM  
Blogger Carol Anne said...

I like how that one boat had "this side up" arrows on the spinnaker.

3:02 AM  

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