Round-Trip Preparation, Bermuda and Back
- Several years ago a delivery skipper on a returning yacht went overboard and drowned. He wasn’t wearing a life jacket, and the crew didn’t know how to pick him up or call for help over the radio. We were nearby and might have been able to assist.
- A cold front swept across the Stream in 2012, with heavy squalls and steep seas that caused injuries and damaged returning boats. One boat lost her steering. A cruise ship came to her assistance, and two seasick crew members (who had not taken proper medication) insisted they be taken off. The rest of the crew joined them. Two weeks later, the boat was recovered (in good shape) by an expensive salvage tug.
- During the return to Newport in 2014 aboard our boat, Selkie, we were running before a good breeze at night when the watch heard something banging around forward. It turned out that the headstay (with the rolled-up jib) disconnected from the stem fitting and threatened the spreaders. The crew quickly jury-rigged halyards to support the mast, and repaired the problem in daylight with spare parts (including a backup clevis pin).
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