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MOB, Again

MOB, Again

This
series of man overboard contributions has been amazing, in terms of the
situations that develop and how they have been handled. Here’s another
one from long time anarchist Sr. Chief.

During
the recent Mills race we were sailing the newer Melges 32 Badfish hull #144, clipping along with one boat ahead of us 7nm from the northern
most mark of the race with 26nm to go. We were trading gybes with a Farr
40OD and had the competition behind us. Feeling pretty good about our
performance having only sailed the boat once before we were looking pretty
good. TWA was 160, TWS 14knts, on a port gybe making 10 kts. we could
see thunder and lightning over the nearest land which was around 6 nm
to port. It was around 2300 local time and the air temp was surprisingly
warm around 70 f. I had just eased into trimming the A2 when when in a
split second we were hit with a microburst. The wind was easily greater
than 50 kts., pelted with hail, and sudden drop in temp. I blew the sheet
but the bow buried and then the boat crashed fast! I with 3 others that
were on the port rail grabbed the lifeline with one hand until I good
use my other hand to grab the lifeline as the boat w ould not right it
self.