Photos of Actual Capsize Situations
borrowed from the UKWA News, etc.
Please note that Uncle Al's comments are not meant as a criticism in any way. I fully realize that it's a lot easier to sit here in a dry, warm room and study the photos, than it is to be in the various situations. But we can learn from analyzing the photos, and that is the spirit in which I've given my "critique".
A disaster waiting to happen?
The windy '89 Worlds at Vallensbæk. Unless this boat is turned, the wind will get under the sails as soon as the mast clears the water, and it's a virtual certainty that the boat will flip over on top of its crew. Of course, if you're prepared for this to happen, it may be the fastest way to get the mast pointing downwind. In that event, one sailor could stay on this side, while the other swims around, climbs onto the board, and rights the boat with a crew already inside it! I've seen this done in a 5-0-5.
If you look at the angle of the sails on the other boats in this pic, you get the impression that the mast is pointing a little bit upwind, and if this boat is righted at its current angle to the wind, it will immediately gybe and capsize again. However, if the righting is done slowly enough, what will happen is that the boat will luff up as the wind starts to fill part of the sail. If this sailor is patient enough, the boat will probably luff itself up 90 to 180º by which time it will be in perfect position for safe re-righting.
A good re-righting angle here. Looks like they're just on their way over for the first time - perhaps the aftermath of an uncontrolled turn through the gybe????? Somebody should make sure the main is uncleated while the other gets out onto the board as quickly as possible!!
Another boat angled well towards the wind for a safe re-righting. Although the telltales on the shroud seem to indicate that the wind is pretty well dead aft, a moderately paced re-righting will allow the boat to luff up and end up sideways on to the wind - as desired. I'm not sure where the crew is in all this? If he's inside the boat, he should make sure that the main and jib sheets are uncleated. While he's at it, he could warn his partner (in a load voice!) that he's about to put the board down. (I once almost lost a bunch of teeth when I was fiddling - on land, no less - with the board on the outside when my crew decided to lower it from the inside without warning me!) If I were the person trying to right this boat, I would be tempted to let the mast hit the water, and pull the board out of the box (by its aft tip) while hanging onto the blue rope just in case. Then I would stand on the board to do the rest. The gentleman in the photo is not going to get maximum mechanical advantage from his weight the way it's being done now.
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