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Topic: Memorable sailing moments
Posted By: Tornado_ALIVE
Subject: Memorable sailing moments
Date Posted: 11 Mar 05 at 9:22am
I posted this on Sailing Anarchy and thought I would share it here..... Why dont you share your's

So what is you most memorable sailing moment???

Apart from every time I race in the big stuff at Sail Melbourne........

1) See ride below..... After first day of racing @ Sail Melb 04 the Tornadoes were all racing to shore dodging 470s and lasers in winds over 25 and waves up to 2.5mtr top to bottom.

One of the Ts put it in after rounding up under kite as a 470 gybed in front of them. Another crew fell of the back of the boat with his rear foot still in foot strap and was draged backwards. Skipper Gybed and put it in to save him.

As seen below we wound it up surfing down the waves. I said to my crew "hang on I am going to see how far we can push it". All I could here from the wire was "Ohhh $hit, f@ck watch that wave" repeated over and over again. As we got closer to the club and in the lee of the breakwater a big gust hit us. My crew threw the kite sheet and we survived for a few more boat lenghts and then ....... my crew lept of the backoff the boat as we went over and landed about 30 feet awayfrom the boat. As I landed I hit the boom with my leg and coul bairly walk after it. Still have a big lump on my leg a year later.

Anyway, knowing my crew was seperated from the boat, I grabed the main sheet and swam of the back of the boat to him and stuck out my leg for him to grab. As he body surfed down the waves and was within a foot of me the boat would surf down the next wave and we would be seperated again. After a few minutes of this he became exauhsted and gave up. I pulled my way back to the boat.... jumped on and retrieved the kite and lent back against the dolphin striker and the boat came up.

My crew difting out in the bay was pased by a Mistral sailor..... He stoped and asked if that was his boat off in the distance. He replyed Yes. The Mistral guy next said "Is there anybody on it". My crews reply was "I f@cken hope so".

Shortly after, another crew droped by and picked him up, returning him to the boat so we could limp in with huge grins on our faces.

2) Sail Sydney 2003, first day, wind 36 knots average gusting to 42 (measured at Airport on the bay) We were the only mad dogs to put up a spinnaker and as we tore down the course very deep we were dodging a wreaking yard of monos. As their crews held on the bows looking up at us with eyes as big a saucers, we shot past at warp speed with our eyes as big as saucers. Every gybe we did we turned the boat only a few degrees and as the sails came accross it would throw up the other hull and threaten to send us swimming. On the second downwind a gust caught us and we did go swimming. My crew was traped on top of the hull as I was pinned under the boat and for the first time in my life, thought I was seriously going to die on a sail boat. Anyway, managed to free myself and get the boat upright and limp back to shore.



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Posted By: sailor.jon
Date Posted: 11 Mar 05 at 9:34am
sounds like youve had some fun

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Jon
Vortex 1169
http://www.yorkshiredales.sc/ - Yorkshire Dales Sailing Club


Posted By: hydrographer20
Date Posted: 11 Mar 05 at 9:34am
omg that loos like a hell of a day n wonder its one of your most memorable moments

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Posted By: KnightMare
Date Posted: 11 Mar 05 at 9:39am
Yeah sounds seriously impressive.

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Posted By: sailor.jon
Date Posted: 11 Mar 05 at 9:44am
my most memerable sailing moment would have to be sailing to six haven, holland from hartlepool, in a seriously big storm, took 39 hours getting there, then coming back wasn't a breath of wind so had to motor for 52 hours

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Jon
Vortex 1169
http://www.yorkshiredales.sc/ - Yorkshire Dales Sailing Club


Posted By: 49erGBR735HSC
Date Posted: 30 Mar 05 at 3:24pm
Recently has to be sailing in the fog on the Forth. We could only see a few metres ahead of us in a 49er that was wanting to really power up. Luckily, we had a rib out to watch us train or we would have been stuffed on finding our way back in. The scary thing is there is two massive bridges on the Forth and container boats hammer up it at some pace, but I suppose that all added to the fun!!!!

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Dennis Watson 49er GBR735 http://www.helensburghsailingclub.co.uk/ -
Helensburgh S.C
http://www.noblemarine.co.uk/home.php3?affid=560 - Boat Insurance from Noble Marine



Posted By: hurricane
Date Posted: 30 Mar 05 at 4:42pm
hehe that sounds like a normal day on the tornadoes hehe u gotta love them!!!


Posted By: sailor girl
Date Posted: 30 Mar 05 at 5:40pm
Tornado_Alive......What a dude!!

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Posted By: Spot192
Date Posted: 31 Mar 05 at 1:41pm
my memorable moment was when i was in my optimist times, training on lake garda. it was a steady 8bft wind and i and three training mates we were the only ones on the lake. was my best optimist ride ever!
another memorable moment was the first time i was sailing an int14. millions of capsizes a bloody knee but now i canīt take my hands off this boat!


Posted By: Mike278
Date Posted: 31 Mar 05 at 8:50pm
my most memorable moment was racing a laser in a force 8 (53mph gusts) with a broken toe strap, and i was winning the race for over an hour, and finished 2nd.

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Posted By: 49erGBR735HSC
Date Posted: 01 Apr 05 at 9:25pm
One picture will always stay in my mind and it was racing piper IOD keelboats at the Scottish Schools week. We caught it on video too. Two Pipers were going down wind and both crews were hanging from the shrouds to project the most jib area possible. One was on port and the other starboard. The crews were right next to each other, and we heard a bit of mumbling between them, then from no-where the small guy on the starboard boat karate kicks the guy hanging next to him on the opposing boat. I think he then shouted protest because he was on the starboard boat and contact had been made. We were all in hysterics watching it back on video, becuase no-one had been injured and it was just the guy on the starboard boat trying to scare the other boat. Coincedently, the Kung-Fu artist was 14, less than 5 foot and from Dunoon if that helps you build a picture of it in your mind.........

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Dennis Watson 49er GBR735 http://www.helensburghsailingclub.co.uk/ -
Helensburgh S.C
http://www.noblemarine.co.uk/home.php3?affid=560 - Boat Insurance from Noble Marine



Posted By: radial179102
Date Posted: 03 Apr 05 at 12:07pm
best moment has to have been last year in my topper, went out over the bar in about a force 5 and as i was coming back in the swell started to build until there were massive breaking waves all around me. i was surfing down the waves yelling as loud as i could (its compulsory 2 yell when having fun!) and i was joined by dolphins and about 3 yachts, all surfing down the waves next to me! sooo much fun!

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