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Thread: Olympic sailor dies
10th May 2013, 05:12 PM #15
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Sorry Nico - I thought you were referring to the multi-string monos of the late 90's.
anyway, I stand by that not a lot is known about these maxis without ballast yet... and entrapment was always going to be known risk. Ref death by trap entanglement, the last one I heard of was on Kielder, maybe a couple of years back. Before that it was Abersoch iirc.
10th May 2013, 05:14 PM #16
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Tragic news - I remember Andrew being featured a lot in the London Olympics coverage.
From that, it sounds like they had breathing apparatus, and it would make sense for each sailor to have his own supply.
It may be that was not the case, but from the potential violence of a crash, it would seem helmets would also be advisable, to give a better chance of retaining consciousness.
EDIT: I have now seen on the News, that they were wearing helmets. It does seem like they had given a lot of thought to safety, but you cant predict everything that could happen.
They will need to review how they check after an accident on who is OK or missing and what could or should be done.
The closest we come is usually being hooked in under the sail with twisted harness lines. You realise then that time is short. Seconds seem a long time and if the 10 minutes being quoted is correct for this accident, its an almost unbelievably long time when there are chase boats etc. on the scene.
We will just have to wait and see what they can be certain of having happened.
Last edited by boards_ronnie; 11th May 2013 at 09:12 AM.
11th May 2013, 05:43 PM #17
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Of course the organizers are putting up a barrage of excuses, including the claim that these boats are the fastest ever designed and therefore the unavoidable risks. Claim that is arguably false and hides the fact that the boats are simply unstable and dangerous because of their design, not the speed they reach.
A real shame that somebody had to die for this, but it could have been worse and it can still get worse (think 3-4 of these boats actually racing in 15-20 knots of wind ...). The Cup should be moved to a safer location. San Diego, or the south San Francisco Bay and run with a wind limit of 10-15 knots.
Last edited by duzzi; 11th May 2013 at 05:48 PM.