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    (Broken) Heart of Gold



    Joan Byrnes Olson 911s Heart Of Gold was well in the lead during Saturdays XBAY Friendship Regatta when boom when the boom!


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    Blustery conditions were also on tap for the StFYC's Ronstan Bay Challenge where 35 Foiling Kiteboards, Formula Kiteboards and Formula Windsurfers completed and most completed the long distance course, where a new record was set by Joey Pasquali of 54m:54s...thats from the StFYC, up to Presidio Shoal, down to the eastern gap in the Berkeley Pier and back to the StFYC!

    Erin Loscocco was excited to complete the course and pointed out that he beat Johnny Heineken. (Johnny's lines blew up just above the spreader during a "brutal downwind portion) We pointed out to Erin, sailing a foil kite that he came in behind 8 windsurfers, and a girl...Erika Heineken continues to impress...

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    Bummer for them, but good that nobody was hurt.

    I notice that the fellow on the cabin top had his hand on the boom--which I imagine was for the purpose of monitoring where it was by feel--but was his light pressure on it on the second try bringing it across the "straw that broke the camel's back"?

    ps--I couldn't watch this on the main page and got the message that I didn't have "permission"; might be a problem with my unusual browser setup though.

    pps--was an internal outhaul what held the boom together?

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    Got the same message on the FP.
    Curious as to why people were trying to pull down the main while the spinnaker was still out of control. Wrinkled but stable. The young lady that moved up on the cabin top between the broken sections of the boom while everything was still out of control made me cringe....

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    Booms most commonly break / fail due to bi-metallic corrosion at the vang attachment point, which was the case here. Yes, an internal outhaul and reefing lines most likely 'held it together'. The hand on the boom had nothing to do with the failure, IMHO.
    As to getting the main down while others were still getting the kite down, why not if you have enough hands? Leaving the main up longer only increases the likelihood of damaging that sail.

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    Wow, eight people on a 911S.

    Might have been corrosion, might have been vang on too hard gybing over the years - or a combination of the two.

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    I discard my earlier notion that the crewperson's hand had a role in the boom's breakage and suspect your analysis is all that there may be to it. The mass of the boom by itself coming to an abrupt halt at the end of the mainsheet would be enough to push it out of column and let the force exerted by the strapped outhaul do its thing on any weakness present at the vang attachment point... though--and this may be me once again grasping at straws which don't exist--it occurs to me upon the third viewing that just maybe the loose end of the spinnaker pole played a part...

    As for the crew's attempt to douse the main before having gotten the spinnaker under control, I agree with family sailor--though I wouldn't fault the Heart of Gold crew since having such catastrophic gear failure creates a strong urge to douse sails.

    On the other hand, sitting here behind my computer I imagine how with the lee shore of Alcatraz somewhere in the vicinity I would have wanted to keep the main pulling until the spinnaker was in the boat and all lines out of the water; plus pulling down it down while hard up against the spreaders isn't the best thing for it either.

    Thanks to the skipper and crew for sharing this video as it is the sort of thing which can help others prepare for surprises.

    Cheers.

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    That is the most awkward looking reach/run angle/kite trim I have ever seen. At first I thought they were trying to reach up to make it over the rock but then at the end they are going for a gybe? Pole is super low and too far forward, kite is way over trimmed; whole thing is shaking like somebody on bath salts. No wonder the boom wouldn't come over, they were cruising along at half speed.

    Glad homeboy on the cabin top didn't get smoked though, thats some loaded up jagged metal!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rainier View Post
    whole thing is shaking like somebody on bath salts.
    I find bath salts produce a less erratic shaking.

    The guys on the foredeck who kept saying square the pole back new what was up. Looked like a classic case of everyone prepares for a gybe and forgets to sail the boat. Nothing breaks so long as you don't slow down.

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    It looked to me like the kite was not fully hoisted.

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    Quote Originally Posted by willy_boykin View Post
    I find bath salts produce a less erratic shaking.
    You might be the last one who actually uses them in a bath!
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