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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

All Is (Not) Lost!

Wednesday, July 23rd
We were tracking the King Harbor Race and Das Boot's progress with every Internet app available. Ironically, we were able to get Das Boot's position and only three or four others on SailTrack. But, just after sundown, we picked up this message on the SB-KH Facebook page:
Got a message from our friends on Celebrity.
Apparently they were involved in a crash with Green Dragon.
Their boat is badly damaged, no one got hurt.
They're motoring home.
More info as it becomes available.
That was surprising: in my limited experience, wind drops dramatically in this race right after sundown. Everything begins to evolve in slo-motion. If this collision was evidence of woolly conditions out there, it was worrisome. But it turns out, this collision happened in daylight. Not only that, but it was recorded:

Clearly Green Dragon  violated Rule #12 of the RRS's. Pretty basic stuff. I don't buy the Byzantine symmetry theory that both boats are to blame. The burdened boat is the over-taking boat when boats are on the same tack as they appear to be. Secondly, one has to question why Captain Crunch, skipper of Green Dragon 2, felt it necessary to maneuver so close when he was in the middle of a 82nm race. (There was plenty of water to go around.) Finally, these two boats were entered in different classes; they weren't even racing against each other.

This video of Captain Crunch has gone viral on the 'Net. And his real name is known and he is well on his way of becoming a poster-boy idiot of yacht racing.

But why am I posting this? 

Clearly this goes to the point as to why I relinquished the helm of Das Boot. I was at the top of my game. I had compleat crew, complete mastery of my boat's performance capability. I did not want my boat's name to be remembered because of a complete blunder I might have made years from now when I might be performing well below my current standard. Maybe after my sailing had become anosognosiac? I wanted to quit sailing my Laser-38 well before the nick of time.


  1. "I prefer maritime laws over laws on land. Maritime laws only exist to guarantee safe passage. There are no loopholes or biases to favor more powerful vessels. Every ship is equal, and no one is more powerful than the sea."

  2. The data I have collected indicates the overtaking Beneteau's skipper, Gary Green (I have named him) advertised prior to the race for a "crew manager to organize crew, serve as tactician and as relief driver" w/compensation negotiable. I found that interesting: in the future, Green Dragon might have to pay even more for crew.

    Secondly, the Green Dragon owed the Cal-40 a ton of time and had no business being behind the boat she hit from behind) at that point in the race. This spells incompetence to me.

    I say Green was either an idiot, or he hired an idiot to organize his crew.

  3. I don't think you are ever in danger of being a Capt. Crunch. It just isn't in your DNA, Doc. Your decision to pass the Laser 38 to your progeny was none the less wise as it insures the continued safe passage of Das Boot.

  4. Replies
    1. Good point, Vlad! (I am changing the title to this post!) And BTW, I saw the Redford Movie as soon as myLaser-38 departed on the King Harbor race. It was a snoozer!

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