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Discussion: Fun sailing

in: bl; bl > 2019-07-07

Jul 10, 2019 9:23 PM # 
chitownclark:
Great! Letting a newbie take the helm...and then a capsize! Too bad about the broken center board...those things are tough to repair. But a capsize in July for a couple of landlubbers cannot be all bad!

Nice that you were able to right the Eclipse. Did you break the centerboard by standing on it while righting?
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Jul 10, 2019 10:58 PM # 
bl:
Sorry. Escape is much more like it! Interesting, while pulling hard on it with feet against side of hull, the c-board broke at the top, above the torque point. Turtling really wasn't in my repertoire. I was surprised to see how fast this turned upside down - with a new draft of some 15' making it about impossible to get into shallow water to upright.

Plug the mast, fill it will flotation material, put a float at the top (or all) or just plain don't capsize - which was a combination of the 10 y/o neophyte at the helm and an 8 y/o too much in front of the cam holding the main sheet...and over we went in a puff out of nowhere:). They are at home in this lake but this abrupt, topsey turvy entry was upsetting, esp. for the 8 y/o until she realized not much else was going to happen and that she could climb out on top of the overturned hull. We were in need of assistance. I might of been making progress toward shore but very slowly.
Jul 11, 2019 1:33 PM # 
chitownclark:
Yes, that's more like it! That Eclipse looked almost impossible to capsize in a puff of a breeze, let alone get back upright again!

I grew up sailing dinghies on San Francisco Bay...they were called El Toros out there on the West Coast. Here on Lake Michigan, I rent Hobie Cats and sail them off the beach. Lots of fun flying a hull...until the inevitable puff brings everything to a crashing halt!

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