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Bugger! sailing those things in 30Kn is a bit ambitious.

why - ETNZ have proved it can be done in that sort of breeze.


You could be right - It would be interesting to know what the guys who sail it actually think, and how many seconds inattention they are away from disaster in those conditions.


Of course TNZ may want to keep the high limits to keep pressure on those that have only 1 boat (left) and have already destroyed boards and wings... all very interesting.

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SA’er “Jagtek” saw how it went down:


I just happened to pull up the St.FYC webcam about 20 seconds before the capsize. They were coming upwind on port tack a little below the yacht club. They had both hulls in the water like they were taking a breather (sailing relatively slowly). They then accelerated on an upwind point of sail heading towards the middle of the bay. When they turned down through the 'zone of death' with barely any heel, the bows started to dig and spray started flying everywhere. It didn't appear like they were unfurling the Code 0. Even with the jib blown, the boat continued to pitchpole in what seemed like slow motion. It probably took 7 seconds from when the bows dug in until the wing hit the water. I couldn't tell on the webcam if anyone flew directly into the water on impact. One other observation, it did not appear like they were unfurling the Code 0 during the bearaway. Glad to hear everyone was alright! Photo thanks to our friends at Weta.

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