2399Re: Windward Capsize?
- Jul 1, 2011Of all the boats I have sailed the Weta has by far the most sedate and civilised capsize of any. Most downwind monohull dinghy capsizes are a yelped "sh.." followed by the world suddenly turning grey (or blue if you are lucky to live somewhere nice).
My four (amazingly low) Weta capsizes have been leisurely trips over the ama, you can see it happening in slow motion as the bow does it's submarine act (dive dive) and if you are unlucky the boat will go beyond the point of no return and go arse about tit in a rather gentleman like manner. Plenty of time to reflect on your mistake, the fact that you have lost the race, and that you fancied a swim anyway.
Getting trapped under the tramps (under the hull is a no problem, there is a big breathing space under there) by a buoyancy aid is not something you have to stay awake at night worrying about.
If you want the excitement of capsizes then go windsurfing, they are highly frequent (most tacks end in one), so fast you are in the drink before you were even aware of making a mistake, and you often get your harness twisted over the lines such that you wake up trapped under a rapidly sinking sail.
--- In Weta-Trimarans@yahoogroups.com, Robert Spencer <mfcdubai@...> wrote:
> While the original article is very dramatic in it's wording, it is a real
> issue. I have always worn a manual inflation jacket for the reasons outlined
> above - except last weekend in SFO, when I wire a regular foam type pfd
> under a spray jacket / over a full wetsuit. I had plenty of capsize recovery
> exercise, with 2.5 capsizes, and while I ended up under the boat twice, I
> did not feel that I was in trouble.
> The first nature tether release is critical, as is ensuring that the release
> ball does not get into the clip - if it does you may really be in trouble,
> as it is very difficult to release. Releasing as soon as you are sure the
> boat has gone past the point of no return is a help too, as you will not be
> forced under with the capsize.
> As to a windward capsize, I am not sure that it is physically possible,
> unless you are in the middle of your first recovery from a capsize, and one
> ama is flooded (hence the 0.5 capsize above!)
> One thing I would NOT like, is to be under the boat, getting myself out, and
> for an automatic inflation life jacket to fire - when they do, they provide
> way too much buoyancy, and are very restrictive of movement.
> My 2 cents worth...
> Robert S (Shirley not - one of the others..)
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