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The Crash

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The Crash

We sail a South African one design sports boat called a Pacer 27 Sport from Royal Cape Yacht Club, Cape Town. Last weekend, during a race, we were involved in a collision with a 31ft Cruising boat. Wind conditions were 20 to 25 knots of breeze with choppy water. The Pacer 27 is fairly light at 1100 kgs and came off second best. The incident (my first ever keelboat collision in many years of racing)has left me with a lot to think about and the story might help others avoid getting themselves into the same situation. It is also a good exercise in rules interpretation. here is an excerpt from the story. The full story can be read here:

"The moment we were back on the starboard gybe, the speed came back on and we logged our maximum for the day of 16.6 knots. The boat is exceptionally well mannered and stable once everything is under control but it definitely doesn’t want any crew members forward of the front of the cockpit. We pulled Simon back to sit behind me. He was panting, out of breath and was experiencing extreme arm muscle fatigue. He told me that if I called for another gybe soon, he would not be able to manage it. Typically, he got no sympathy from any of the crew other than a few ribald remarks about reserving his energy for racing and not other matters.