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#6018 - 04/05/02 01:14 AM Kokokahi Sailing Club News  

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Hope to see all the Kokokahi members at the Yard Clean Up event this Saturday, April 6th. Bring your weed wackers and mowers. Remember, those who participate, get to move closer to the water it spots are opened.
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#6019 - 04/07/02 01:59 AM Re: Kokokahi Sailing Club News  

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Well we had a great turn out for the clean up today. Then a bit of sailing. I will not be able to race tomorrow. Got a few projects I have to get done this weekend. See you all next week. CL

#6020 - 04/08/02 01:52 AM Re: Kokokahi Sailing Club News  

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I went down to the club to see if any one did go to race today. It was blowin pretty good. Not a cat in sight. What's up?
<br>CL

#6021 - 04/12/02 01:22 PM Re: Kokokahi Sailing Club News  

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Hey Chris,
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<br>It's Ryan here...Sailing On Sat....Hope to see you there...!!!!!!!

#6022 - 04/12/02 01:28 PM Re: Kokokahi Sailing Club News  

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I'll try to get John and Peter and Geoff out there toooooooo!!

#6023 - 04/14/02 11:23 AM Re: Kokokahi Sailing Club News  

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Wow, That was an awesome day. 5 cats, with three of us solo. I hope the photos on the sandbar come out good. If you need help patching that hole in you hull, give me a call. Luckily you didnt turn it ove with all that water in side.
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<br>Cant wait till we do it again. CL

#6024 - 04/15/02 06:25 PM Re: Kokokahi Sailing Club News  

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I'm ready for one of those days every weekend!!! Thanks so much for going to get your gear!!!! What a blast...I just might take you up on the help with the hull. Stand by for more sailing this weekend!!!!!!
<br>Ry

#6025 - 04/23/02 10:40 AM Re: Kokokahi Sailing Club News  

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Any KkSC members going sailind during the week days this week? I am on vacation and will put the 20 in if anyone else is going out. CL

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#6026 - 05/21/02 09:50 AM Re: Kokokahi Sailing Club News  

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Who is planning to attend the KkSC campout-moonlight sail this weekend?

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Well today is the day. Campout extravangaza. Who's going? Margaret and I will be there sometime today. After we install some bathroom fixtures. This remodeling stuff is gettin old. Chris L.

#6028 - 05/31/02 12:49 AM Re: Kokokahi Sailing Club News  

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This weeked is the cleanup again June 1, 2002. Hope to see as many members as possible. The YWCA tractor is DOA so we need all the help we can get with mowers and weed wackers. See ya there.

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It's Saturday. Weather is looking good. Anyone going out sailing this morning? I am thinking about getting in a couple hours today.
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#6030 - 06/19/02 12:33 AM Re: Kokokahi Sailing Club News  

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Wow!!! Those 49'ers a really fun to watch. I went out last Sunday for a couple hours and hung around the bay to see those litte jet boats. It was blowin 20-25 easy. I had three adults and a teen on board, we never even opened the jib. You should have seen those 49ers go with the chutes up. Pretty awesome how the get up onm a plane and the chute lifts the bow so only the last couple feet of the hull is in the water. Looks like a drag boat how they fly. I will try to get out again this weekend to watch again. Hope to see some of you out there. Chris

#6031 - 07/16/02 01:06 AM Re: Kokokahi Sailing Club News  

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The YWCA is hosting "A Day on the Bay" at Kokokahi this Saturday 7/20/02. The festivities will reduce access for sailing club members. If you plan to sail on this day, try to launch before 9am. After that parking and ramp access will become more difficult. Sounds like a fun day at the club with exhibits, food, crafts, music and free water sport activities. Lets all go and have some fun in our own backyard. CL

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FYI - next Saturday (7/20) is "A Day on the Bay" at the YWCA. Basically this means access will be limited. If you'd like to sail, plan on being at the club no later than 9:00 am. Otherwise, the parking may block your access! The activities should be over by 3:00 pm and cleared out by 4:00-5:00 pm.
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<br>From: Shelly Bermudez [mailto:sbermudez@ywcaoahu.org]
<br>Sent: Saturday, July 13, 2002 5:29 PM
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<br>Subject: Kaneohe Celebration 2002: A Day on the Bay
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<br>Aloha John,
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<br>Please forward to all club members as this event will impact the Kokokahi Sailing Club. Club members will need to keep the access road clear of all vehicles so there is a smooth traffic flow. Oliver Owens will be in charge of public parking on the open field.
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<br>We encourage all club members to bring their families and enjoy the day of festivities. Below I have added the details to this event including some volunteer information. Feel free to call me at 247-2124 Ext. 11 with any questions or concerns that you may have.
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<br>In partnership with various organizations, the YWCA will be celebrating the renovations of our facility and 3rd Annual Kaneohe Celebration 2002: A Day on the Bay on July 20, 2002 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at Camp Kokokahi. This event is open all on the island of Oahu. The vision of this event is to bring together the Kaneohe community, to increase awareness of and showcase the assets, resources and services available to the community and to provide fun activities for families in the community. The celebration will include a craft fair, local entertainment, a community resource fair, free sailing and kayaking on Kaneohe Bay, Xtreme Fun rides, petting zoo, pony rides and lots of ono food served in Atherton Hall.
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<br>We are currently seeking volunteers for this event. We are hoping to get 150 volunteers to assist with the following areas:
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<br>6) Hospitality and volunteer room coordinators
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<br>Volunteers assisting with set up will need to be at the camp by 7:30 a.m.
<br>We will be providing lunch and a Day on the Bay tee shirt for all volunteers. Thank you letters will also be sent to all volunteers. We encourage volunteers to bring the family so that they may also enjoy the festivities. For volunteer sign up, please call Rowena or Bert at the Queen Lili'uokalani Children's Center: 235-7613
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<br>Mahalo for your support!
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The KKsC annual catamaran regatta will be held on Oct 5th. This will be a fun event with out of the ordinary events such as Hull Flying Contests, some racing, and lunch to follow on the sandbar. Classes will include Hobie 20-18-16 and open catamaran class for all others. Participation will dictate how many separate classes can be run.
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<br>Oct 5th is also the Yard Clean Up day which will begin early in order to finish up with time to stage the regatta around noon.
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<br>Hope to see you all there. CL

#6034 - 05/31/07 02:46 AM Re: Kokokahi Sailing Club News  
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I'm not sure how to subscribe to the kokokahi sailing news.
Chris?
can you send me an email?
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Peter Capotosto
P.S. I have a writeup on my "First Kokokahi adventure"
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#6035 - 06/02/07 10:07 PM Re: Kokokahi Sailing Club News [Re: Peter_Capotosto]  
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Aloha all,†

Well another fantastic event for the KSC group.† A very big thank you is in order for Captain Howie, our outward-bound leader, who always is an inspiration to us all when it comes to getting out and exploring with our cats and our friends. Howie secured the camping permits for this busy weekend from the DLNR office downtown.
Click this link (or cut and paste it into your browser) to see the Kokokahi Kahana Bay Camp Over Photo Album: http://homepage.mac.com/chrismargaret/PhotoAlbum9.html

Seven boats started the adventure and six made it to Kahana bay.† The list of participants included:
1. Chris Laletin &amp; Jiah
2. Wiltz and Peter
3. Graceson and Kinyata
4. Dan Jenkins and Andrea
5. Paul McKimmy and crew
6. Mark McKenney and Connor
7. Capín Howie with Katrina and Jess

Only three mishaps on the event. First was Mark and Connor flipped while heading out by Chinamanís hat. Greceson assisted and his crew Kinyata jumped in to help they right the FX-1. And our beloved wild man himself Wiltz was the second: Wiltz.† Wiltz and I were racing down wind offshore of Kualoa ranch when Wiltz's crew's trap line snapped, and he was handling the mainsheet while Wiltz steered.† Peterís only connection to the boat was the mainsheet so he hung on causing the sail to tighten up as he was dragged along.† This was compounded by the fact that Wiltz boat has Lee helm so the boat carved off the wind and, as you would expect, up and over the Prindle went tossing Wiltz into the ocean to join his crew.† The wind was strong and the cat quickly was pushed over into the turtle position.† Wiltz and his crew's gallant efforts could not right the boat as it blew towards the reef and rolling breakers.† Realizing the inevitable, Wiltz pulled a side-stay pin and released the mast to avoid it smashing into the reef as the boat neared shallow water.††Chris and Howie were standing by but unable to offer any assistance as the situation grew dangerous with the approaching reef.† It was a group decision to contact the Coast Guard and report the situation.† The chopper responded along with an RIB and they plucked Wiltz and his crew from the worsening conditions as the cat approached the rollers.

Wiltz and his crew Peter were very lucky to avoid any injury and the cat sustained a broken dolphin striker and†shredded mainsail.† Pretty minor considering the gravity of the situation.††A big Mahalo goes to the fire department that responded and they even carried Wiltz's boat across the highway and put it on the front lawn so it could be†retrieved by trailer.† We did not get any photos of the mishap to share with you. His Prindle is already back at the club in its normal spot and will wait for replacement parts. Luckily, Wiltz has a nice H16 to use while waiting for the parts.

Then once all was safe and all the other boat secure on the beach, onto the†camp-sight and party.† Several other folks that did not sail down did join in the Kahana location with some sleeping over and others not. Chuck and Mimi brought lots of beverages and we tried hard to consume them all but were unsuccessful. Margaret will bring these to the next club clean up. Howie, our outward bound team leader, designated Graceson as the premier fire starter and he lived up to the task marvelously. Everyone participated and contributed to the dinner fixins and we had everything from Kuhuku corn on the barbie to bratwurst and sauerkraut. My vote for best meal goes to Mark and Connor as they prepared a five star stir-fry pretty enough for a magazine cover. We all got a big kick out of Dan and Andrea because they were testing their new ultra light mini stove, preparing for a Molokai run with Howie, and even though this stove was pretty high tech, their diner wasnít ready until long after we all had moved onto serious beverage consumption around the fire.

Sunrise came early and Team outward-bound, Howie, was first up and rearing to go. The rest of us struggled to shake off the foggy hangovers and start another fantastic day. Sunrise was picture perfect as you will see when viewing the photo album page. Margaret, our awesome road crew and photo journalist for the event, arrived early with the truck and assisted everyone get their stuff loaded to be transported back to the club. It sure is nice having all your camping stuff delivered and returned. Another big thanks to Margaret.

Howie along with Paul was first to shove off on the two Getaways. Mark (FX-1) and I (H-20) were the next pair off. The wind was perfect and was coming pretty straight into the bay so it was a pinch to get out. Mark had to tack a few times. We ran very far out lining up for a single tack upwind toward Kaneohe. We both tacked over and began the slog upwind into the big seas. Katrina and I (H-20) continued to distance Mark and Connor for quite some time. Actually, when we were ready to head into Chinamanís hat, we felt that Mark was so far back that he must have problems so we headed back all the way to the Kahana bay entrance to find that Marks had broken a shackle that connects the traveler to the mainsheet so he was unable to sail at all. As a well prepared sailor, he had spares and performed the repair out there in the big seas and off we went towards Kaneohe. We arrived just in time to watch the start of leg two of the Round-the-island regatta that was beginning at the inside mark at Chinamanís hat. Ted, Peter, and Web were on the Reynolds 33 and looking like they ware going to have a fun day. Greceson and Dan were last to head out. They were greeted by a school of dolphins that circled their boats while they sailed to Secret Beach and continued to party with homemade Bloody Mary's. I picked up Margaret at the club, we sailed back down to Secret beach join them for a bit.

All in all, this was a very exciting and enjoyable trip for everyone, even Wiltz. Looking back on the events there are several very important items all of our sailors must think about every time you leave the beach for a sail. And this doesnít really matter if you are staying inside or going outside. Obviously, going outside presents far greater risk as Wiltz will tell you.

Always inspect your rigging including the trapeze hardware. A 50 cent piece of rope that parted in Wiltz trap wire was the cause for his several thousand dollar catamaran repairs. Not to mention that the rescue department was sure to inform Wiltz that their efforts with a helicopter, a dozen men, and two boats cost the taxpayers many thousands of dollars. All for a 50 cent piece of rope.
The VHF radios did not work to contact the coast guard. We were more than 5 miles from their nearest base so our little antennas would not put out enough signal for them to hear us. I used my cell phone to contact 911 and get connected to the coast guard. The dry pack I keep my VHF and cell phone in will keep them dry but in the noise of the wind and waves, I had to remove them from their secure pouches to be able to hear well enough to communicate. Make sure you turn the volume up to its fullest on your cell phone before putting it into the pouch. My VHF is waterproof and well worth the extra dollars for this feature.
Your emergency equipment, radios, phones, spare parts should not be stored inside your hulls in the port and cat bag. Once Wiltz boat was turtle, he was unable to get to these items. They were totally useless to him. You must keep your most important items in your life jacket. I keep my cell phone in the dry pouch in my breast pocket of my jacket. If I lose my boat, and I am alone in the water, I have my phone with me. Remember, you can be pitched from you boat and it can blow away from you faster that you can swim.
We practice the buddy system for these off shore club events for obvious reasons. Both Mark and Wiltz tip overís were assisted by fellow club members. In hindsight on my return trip, I should have stayed closer to Mark and not allowed such a span form between us. Once Wiltz boat was turtle, it only took a short distance to loose sight of his hulls in the swells. Had Mark turned over, I was too far away to assist or relocate him.
Mark carried spare parts, shackles, which allowed him to make the necessary repairs while at sea. It is the simplest items that work loose or unscrew at the worst times. Mark had several spares which was fortunate because he did drop the first one overboard in the rough seas and had to use his second spare.
Tune your boat properly. Wiltz was aware that his steering was ďlee helmĒ and he chose to sail with this dangerous tuning rather than correct it. When you drop your tiller, your boat should begin to head up into the wind. It should NOT bear off down wind. Should you fall off, if your boat bears up, eventually it will come into irons and stall. If it bears away, it will pick up speed and likely flip when it gets broadside to the wind and by then it will be far out of reach.
During Wiltz rescue, Howie and I remained close by for over an hour flogging in the big seas. Howie had two crew on board and both got seasick. I had Jiah on board, and she had not eaten breakfast resulting in very low reserves and she quickly became very cold even with her wetsuit on. Hypothermia is quick to set in even in the warm conditions of the day. Once this happens, you can not rely on your crew to be at their best. Had I had a tip over with Jiah so cold, I wonder if we would have been able to perform well enough to right the boat. Always fuel you body before adventuring off shore. I will start to carry energy bars on board for emergencies.
Last but not least, all of you should perform emergency procedures under controlled conditions. By this I mean, flip your boat in a safe place with assistance near by, use your righting systems to make sure they work the way you expect and fix them if they donít. My suggestion is to have your righting lines (I use two) in place and ready to deploy without having to tie or untie any knots. I strongly recommend having two righting lines, one for the skipper and one for the crew. Sharing a righting line is not realistic in the rough seas we observed. If you donít have a float on your mast, you really ought to turtle your boat to see if you are able to right it.

Oh, and the good lessons..........
Bring plenty of food and beverage and be ready for a really great time. It doesnít get any better than this.


CL
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#6036 - 03/22/08 10:07 AM Re: Kokokahi Sailing Club News [Re: ChrisMargaret]  
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SECRET BEACH RUN March 16th review.

Seven boats joined in the fun run to Secret Beach last weekend. This was the event that was supposed to be an off shore run to Kahana Bay and back. The forecast was for 20+ so for safety reasons we elected to cancel the KB run and head for Secret Beach .

The weather man was right: it was blowing hard. We all shot off the beach from the club around 11am in brisk beam reaching to Coconut Island. Dan Jenkins on his Getaway decided to take the offshore route outside the sandbar and said the trip was fantastic. Every one else stayed inside the sandbar and did a screaming broad reach all the way down. Capt. Howie clocked 22 on his GPS on Wiltz's Prindle 18.2.

Crossing the deep water channel at the far end of the sandbar was full speed ahead through the swells while dodging lots of giant turtles that float around down there. Then it was a down wind sprint cross the shoals to the point of Secret Beach. Once you round the point into the calm of the bay you can scoot your cat up on the beach. Every one brought some lunch or snacks and we stayed on the beach for an hour or so doing what we do best; talking story over some good food and beverage with our buddies.

Departing SB was a a beat straight upwind in the narrow channel so we all had to make about six tack before we could round the mark and head up towards the sandbar. We all saw a pair of giant turtles mating right there in the channel. I guess that is really doing "the wild thing". The channel crossing was a sleigh ride in the swells and high winds and everyone was racing to see who could be first back to the club. What a fantastic full speed run all the way. Margaret was trapped out with her rear foot in the stirrup on the back corner of our M20 so you can imagine the power we were pushing down wind crossing the channel. And no one tipped over, not even Wiltz. :-)

So if you missed this RTB event, shame on you. But we hope to see you for the next organized outing. Watch your emails and I will keep you posted. Ah hui ho.
Chris Laletin

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Aloha Kokokahi Sailing members,
If you haven't been down to the club in the last two weeks you will notice much more room! Why? Because the "big cat" has finally left the yard!!!
See you down at the club as soon as I get a new/used Comptip.
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Aloha Kokokahi Members,
If you haven't been down to the club in the last week or two you will notice alot more room, why?
Because the "big cat" has left the yard!
See you at the club as soon as I get a new comptip, Dan'o


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Just a quick reminder to our KSC members. Next clean up is scheduled for Saturday, May 3rd. The weekend event is planned for a run to Secret Beach on Sunday. I will be completing reassembly of my Miracle 20 on Saturday.

Next offshore event is the Kahana Bay campout scheduled for the weekend of May 25th. These offshore runs are truly highlights for our club.

Dan W and Matt D will be heading off to South Dakota to participate in the Hobie Miracle 20 Nationals. Take your Ice Picks. They are not going to be used to those northern temps.


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Finally got a used comptip, now I'm just waiting for rivets and casings to put the hound back on.
Where are they Jeremy???


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NOAA was right

Well NOAA was predicting 25K for today and it blew every bit of that for our first RTB of the season. We set the course, a windward-leeward configuration. All together six boats got out on the bay.

Fox with Web skippering
H17 Trevor and his lovely fiance.
H16 with Mark B and John H for crew
H16 Mike H with Dan W for crew
SC20 Kevin K with Mark B for crew
M20 Chris L with Chapin for crew

The 5 minute starting sequence began with all the boats to start except the M20 which would start 5 minutes later and play catch up. At 2 minutes to go, the SC20 tacked over to head for the start and a gust of wind blew it over. That monster, on its side, blew down the bay toward the seawall at a startling pace. The two 16s got off to a clean start and a few seconds later Mike and Dan got hit by a wave knocking the skipper off the back of the 16 and the wind almost blew it over backwards. Some quick scrambling by Dan W and the boat did no go over. Off they went into the 25K wind chasing Mark and John towards the windward mark.

While Chapin and I were setting up for our start, we continued to watch the SC20 on her side blowing down the bay. At one minute to our start, we bailed out to head off and see why the SC20 was not up yet. Possibly someone got injured in the tip over. We came close to them and no one hurt so all we could do was stand by. It was far too windy to allow my crew to get off and assist. With some work they got her to come up only to cartwheel over onto her other side. At this point Chapin and I decided to head for the club and get the committee boat and some helpers to go out assist. Kevin had deployed his anchor so the boat did not blow up onto any of the docks or seawalls. . He had removed the sail by then and now with a few more hands was able to right her.

Margaret and I headed off down wind to collect the debris field of stuff including a daggerboard that had floated away. When we got back they had the SC all ready to be towed back to shore. Fortunately no one got hurt, except for the chaffed feet since they were not wearing booties and spent a lot of time walking on the rocks in the shoals.

So for the first RTB, only two boats finished one race before calling it quits. Mark and John took first, and Mike and Dan took second.
Kevin, Trevor, Web and I all took a DNS, Did Not Start. So this was another one of those carnage regattas like the McFaul we entered in over in Waikiki last year. But back on the beach, the beverages were flowing and all had a good time and lots of laughs.

I will post the photos to our home-page. So the moral to the story is: Booties don't do any good when they float away after you flip over. Just like the first time Kevin and I flipped the SC, it looked like a plane crash with all the stuff floating down the bay.

We are off to an event filled season with Oahu's best kept secret: The Kokokahi Sailing Club.





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This is the story of Kevin K and his gear launching flip over at the starting line of the first RTB of the year.

In case you had not heard my friend Mark (not Marc Bachman) and I flipped in 25 knot winds just prior to the start of a race. We ended up drifting into a shallow area at the tip of one of the housing areas.

In the interest of learning and improving things so hopefully what happened to me will not happen again (especially given the high price of new sails), I have given some thought to this experience. Some of this might be beneficial to others.

We had just tacked and I believe we were hit with a gust after we had past through the wind. I usually leave the main sheet locked because if I don't keep the boom as close to center the boat will generally have a hard time tacking. I would think the boat would tack fairly easily in the high winds but with the relatively light mass of the boat, passing through the wind, the high wind has a tendency to slow the boat very quickly and make completing the tack hard. Prior to flipping we had a couple of failed tacks and ended up blowing backwards. Maybe I am doing something wrong.

We both had our weight close to the center line of the boat for various reasons as we tacked through the wind. I rarely have to worry about the boat going over due to its 12 foot width. I was gathering the pile of spaghetti, the mainsheet and traveler line to pull it to the windward side, I have a 10-1 block system and there is a lot of sheet. The gust hit and I released the mainsheet but it was too late, we were already past the point of no return. On my boat it is sometimes difficult to uncleat the jibsheet and Mark did not get the just cleated sheet released, I don't know if he was in the process of doing it or not. My boat (in its current condition) does not point well so I head further downwind and gain some speed before I head back up again. This might have contributed to us flipping also.

Once we did go over the boat took off on it side like mad, as Chris can attest grab whatever you can, letting go is not a recommended option. I was concerned about the boat turtling so I jumped on the daggerboad. Meanwhile Mark tried to get the boat pointed into the wind which was impossible. I ended up trying to help but no joy. I have a sea anchor (an under water umbrella looking device to slow your speed through the water) I should have pulled out but I felt there were more pressing issues. One reason I did not was because I had not installed shackles on the bridal tangs which would have allowed me a good place to hook up the sea anchor. As it stands if I attached it to the bridal stay it would have slid up to the mid point making it not as effective and helping pull the boat upside down. Looking back I should have attached it anyway, Mark could have held it against the hull. If I had the proper set up I could have hooked it up quickly and Mark could have gotten on the boat to help me out.

One lesson I needed to learn again was with the mast into the wind I thought the wind on the trampoline (you know how big my tramp is) would help me right it. So at first I did not release the upper side stay extender. (I have stay extenders on my boat which add 2 feet to the side stay extending the upper hull past the center of gravity and making it possible for a 170# person to right the boat alone). When I tried righting it alone it would not budge. I think that the wind holds the sail down more than it pushes the trampoline over. I had the mainsheet released but the jib sheet and traveler were still cleated. Everything should have been released and I should have extended my 10-1 mainsheet system.

We did manage to right the boat (with the stay extended) but with those above lines still cleated and the fact that we were not pointed into the wind the boat immediately blew over the other way. I did catch the dolphin striker wire to try to prevent it from going over the other way but I knew there was not much I could do to stop it. There was a small chance that both of us grabbing onto the striker wire would have prevented the boat from going over again.

When the boat blew over the other direction I was pretty much screwed (technical term) because I had to reattach the previously extended stay first (I cannot have both sides extended at the same time) and in the conditions we were in about impossible in the time frame needed prior to hitting a sea wall or shallow water. I did not know exactly where we were blowing to but I saw some pipes sticking out of the water I was planning on tying to if worse came to worse. We ended up in a shallow (2 to 3 feet) coral rocky area which allowed us to stop the drift and gave us some time to think. We anchored and tried to reattach my stay extender with negative results. So I furled the jib and took down the mainsail, shredded with every batten poking out. I am still trying to figure out why that happened.

At this point our saviours, Chris, Margaret, their roommate, and Trevor showed up on the committee boat to help us out. They raised the tip of my mast off of the rocky bottom so I could climb up on my tramp and raise my rudder so it would not hit in the shallow water when righted. We got the boat righted and I secured the stay extender while Chris and Margaret went and found all of my flotsam including a daggerboard, a paddle, and my much needed booties (which I had taken off 30 seconds before we had flipped). The full beers stayed in the boat though. Someone was looking out for us. They towed us is in along with the help of my jib. Anyway other than the sail and my mast weather vane there was no other damage that I could see.

Here is what I should have done. Like I said above I should have deployed the sea anchor immediately. The boat's speed would have drastically slowed giving us more time to get the boat righted, pointed into the wind, and allow us to keep up with the boat if we get separated. With the boat pointed into the wind the boat most likely will not turtle. I could have even deployed my regular anchor earlier and it would have eventually grabbed something. I should have released all cleated sheets. The two of us could have righted the boat without extending the side stay, we have done it before. At that point in time we would just pull in the sea anchor and have sailed off and beat everyone racing. LOL.

I do want to mention about using the righting lines most effectively. You need to have your entire weight out of the water and feet off of the any horizontal supporting surface. The Supercat people did tests and and keeping just your toes on the daggerboard you lose effectiveness. This is assuming the stay extender is released and the upper hull is over the center of gravity. When I righted the boat myself, I could definitely see the difference. When I completely lifted my body off of the hull, putting my body horizontal to the tramp with my toes bouncing off of the tramp to try to keep my own CG out as far as possible the boat righted itself. If I touched the lower hull at all it did not want to right.

I did learn a couple of things when I pitch-poled out with Chris a several months ago. I picked up a larger sea anchor, I recommend having at least a 4 foot sea anchor on the bigger boats. In case you are interested in one talk to me as I think I found the best place to buy them. Having a standard anchor helped out too. Release every line. Make sure you are pointed in to the wind. Have my righting line set up and easily accessible is crucial, I did this time. I am able to tuck my righting line and sea anchor into the part of the trampoline that wraps around the forward beam near the dolphin striker. It is right in front of my face when I am standing on the hull. If I didn't I would have a pocket sewed under the tramp for it.

I redesigned my righting line after pitch-poling with Chris. I used to have a long line which I folded in half and I would tie the middle section around my dolphin striker. This was too clumsy when I really needed it. It would turn into a mess and was difficult to throw it over the hull. So I ended up using two different size lines in the shape of a Y. The bottom portion of the Y was the smaller line which I attached one end to the dolphin striker and the other to middle of the larger line. I tied several knots in the larger line and this is the portion that the crew holds on to. The larger line has more mass than the smaller line and throws easier over the hull. The larger line is easier to grip and each end can be wrapped around a crew member with your hands using the knots to lock your grip. I leave the righting line attached to the dolphin striker all the time and it is quickly deployed.

Thanks to everyone's help, the Tuna Patrol lives to see another day. I do apologize for ending Chris's race before it even started.

I am interested in hearing any of your comments.

Kevin

Last edited by Dray; 01/21/09 02:17 AM.

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#165499 - 01/21/09 02:22 AM Re: Kokokahi Sailing Club News [Re: Dray]  
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Kokokahi Sailing Club has changed it's schedule for 2009. They will have yard cleaning and maintenance on the second Sunday of the month (instead of the first Saturday of the month), followed by either a family type day sail or a RTB (Round The Bouy's)regatta. Come on down for some sailing.
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