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Replying to:Who has capsized?
Well I did it. When gybing at 20+ knots I managed to capsize Spudgun last Saturday. Only had 2 on board, we were preparing for a gybe, the crew was up the front to change the pole over and we were hit with a gust and took off! Running out of water, I had to gybe. Of course after the crash we rounded up and the crew held on to the closest thing- the mast and she went straight over. It surprised me how easily it happened. Being an old skiff sailor, I immediately swam around and jumped on the keel to stop it turning turtle. It was some time before she came up; with the full rig + spinnaker + mast full of water. After almost losing the crew from the drift (saved by dragging sheets) eventually she came up. It was difficult to get back on board thankfully Spudgun had a simple boarding ladder or I would have had no chance. Once away again we completed the race but opted for two sails only and ended up placing well. I was really pleased that very little water was in the cabin. If she had turned turtle I think she would be gone. I understand that Rls are known for capsizing, it has been suggested to me that it is the lack of flared gunwales. Anyway I'm sure there are some of you that have had a capsize- I'd love to hear your story. Cheers