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#9997 - 09/01/02 02:06 AM Self rightening H21 SE  


I have followed many of the rightning threads here on the board. This season I have capsized twice, once a couple of weeks ago and it was no trouble tilting it around with a crew of three.

Yesterday I tried something I have never seen or heard of before, in twenty years of sailing.

My crew and I sailing in the North Sea went out in some pretty heavy wind and noticed a black front moving in from the north. Horns and fangs on it and all.

Ofcourse we headed towards the system, we got surprised by a very hard and strong gust of wind that threw the boat over like it was made of paper. Main was completly eased out and crew still standing on the wings we capsized on rig and jib in a 1 or two sec. I would estimate the windspeed to about 20 meter pr second for a very sort period and about 12 - 15 meter per second.

Now for the interessting part.

With in the next 30 - 40 sec the boat turned around and placed it self with mast in the wind. The gust was so strong that it "capsized" the boat back to "right" mode imidiatly. We never got to rig my pole or use line to right it, just had to follow the boat around to make sure it didnt tilt again.

Actually the boat would have rightned itself even without anyone on board. Probably just not stayed up right.

Crazy for a 270 kg boat to do this : )


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#9998 - 09/01/02 06:12 AM Re: Self rightening H21 SE  
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Very nice! The orientation of the boat to the wind must have been perfect, with a steady hard wind, the wind got under the sails and she popped up.

Eric Arbogast
ARC 2101
Miami Yacht Club
#9999 - 09/01/02 01:57 PM Re: Self rightening H21 SE [Re: arbo06]  
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The windsurfer dudes do this all the time. They use the wind to pull themselves out of the water and keep on trucking. I have used the same principal in less wind to right my Nacra 5.8 by myself without a righting stick.

Marc Reiter I 20 #861 Dikes, Ferries and Tramps.
#10000 - 09/01/02 10:31 PM Re: Self rightening H21 SE  
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In a word, WOW!

That's cool!

Tim J.

Tim D. Johnson Hobie 20 #690 Bald Eagle Yacht Club, Fleet 52
#10001 - 09/02/02 05:29 AM Re: Self rightening H21 SE  
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The technique of pointing your bows to the wind is part of what Rick White calls "power righting", or using the sails to help bring the boat back up. In winds greater than 15 knots or so, I am able to right my N6.0 on my own. (I discovered this on an occasion when my crew made the mistake of letting go of the boat and left me standing on the hull with the wind pushing the capsized boat along at a pace much faster than he could swim.)


Kevin Rose N6.0na #215 Lake Champlain (New England's "west coast") Burlington, Vermont

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