capsize, turtle, carnage
In a race on Saturday I managed to get wetter than planned.[B)] As a result I have a number of questions.
Winds were forecast to be ~15mph with gusts to 21. There were whitecaps on the water and the wind was probably at the forecast levels. Novice crew who was learning well. Coming up to the windward mark on the last lap of the last race we got headed and came up short of the mark. Came about and went right over. I am still not sure what went wrong, I suspect that the jib was caught on the wrong side as we turned. In any case, before I could get over the high side onto the board, the board slid up into the trunk with a tremendous crack. I tried to get it back out but could force it out (I was pulling on the rollers and trying to turn the drum with my hands. Without the board for leverage we couldn't get the boat upright and turtled. We got the boat back on its side and then upright with the help of the crash boat. But my bow bag lost all of its air in the meantime and we couldn't tow the boat dry. So, I rode the submarine all the way back to the dock.
Now the questions:
1. The CB disappeared super fast once the mast touched the water. Is there any way to prevent this or recover if it happens?
2. When the CB slid into the trunk it went so fast that it seems it cracked the wooden CB cap. Is this a structural problem or should I fill and move on.
3. Got towed back by the bow eye, it looks like it might have shifted a bit in the process - any suggestions for rebedding it?
In total, things were OK. We were wearing PFDs, the crash boat was close, and the only lost items were a couple of lengths of line, a boat hook, a cell phone (in a dry bag that filled with water), and a cracked batten on the main.
Good news is I wasn't the only boat to capsize, 3 Thistles and a Snipe lost it as well.