We lifted this pic from this facebook post – how could we not? (memo to Mark Zuckerburg – see Jabba the Hut for notes on suing us). This is Mystique, which broke it’s rig during the Harvest Moon Regatta. View from on deck. Here’s the on-board report from Steve Oesterling:-
Rig came down at about 3:00 AM, ~65 – 66 miles, from Port Aransas turning mark, 0.9 miles south of rhumb line Jettisoned rig into the Gulf and motored 20 miles to the Matagorda Channel and parked the boat in Port O’Conner. No standing rigging failure (stays), mast buckled to windward just above the base of the rigid boom vang above deck. Because the mast was keel stepped, the deck damage was large. When mast failed it sank into the boat, the rigid vang essentially going through the deck, then mast falling off to the water, perpendicular to the starboard side of the boat to leeward. Reefed main and 95% blade jib up, doing about 7.5 knots over the bottom close reaching. No warning, just a “slow motion” splintering of fiberglass and mast sinking into the boat, then falling over the side. What was probably a matter of about 10—20 seconds seemed like a minute or more, all slow motion like. All safe, no one hurt."