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MaynardKrebs
Heave Steve, for the good of the country
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reply to vue666

Re: HMS Bounty (replica) has sunk....

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Running downwind

Close-hauled
Sailing ships used to deal with storms like this all the time. They didn't always win though.

Saw video taken from the rescue chopper showing the Bounty with its deck awash. If it's still that way this morning the only way it could be saved is if somebody got a 10,000+ gallon/minute pump on board and the boat was bobbing so that the gunwales were above the water for 30 seconds at a time (enough time to pump out about 50,000 lbs.) and no openings below that level were open to the sea. Otherwise it's sunk.

I've been out in 30 foot waves on a 55' sailboat....gets pretty scary at times, especially at night. That said, I'd LOVE to be on a Volvo Open 70 doing a trans-Atlantic run @ 30+ knots top speed.