From her February 21, 2010 blog.
Quick Update on some Fast Sailing
Lots of nice, fast sailing over the last few days. Now only 250nm
until we pass under the Cape of Good Hope!
Ella's Pink Lady has been surfing off down the waves, keeping up a
great pace in 25 knots of wind. Despite the wet drizzly conditions
(see pics below), I've been spending a lot of time on deck watching us
I decided to give Parker (Here Fleming Wind Steering Vane) a bit of
time off yesterday and spent quite a
bit of time hand steering which I really enjoyed. I still get a kick
out of feeling us take off down a wave and I don't think watching the
waves and birds will ever get boring!
Lew Hodgett" wrote:
No, smartypants, but her difference of location on Jan 31 and now does
show she's really moving. Besides, a sail is a reaction foil in an
airflow and not an impulse foil. It is possible to have a reaction
foil move faster than the airflow that moves it from one place to
another. (Is that pressure being converted to velocity nugget I'm
talking about.) Seeing that she is dragging a boat around with said
airfoil, it is highly unlikely.
Have you been following this, Lew?
Just heard about it tonight.
The replicas don't have the best history fro being seaworthy.
Makes you wonder sometimes how England kept enough boats afloat to
rule the world during the 17th & 18th centuries.
On Sat, 20 Feb 2010 20:36:45 -0800, "Lew Hodgett"
Very much a misleading statement. This replica as you've chosen to
label it was full of all sorts of electronics, communications and
And this sinking of a 57 meter boat shows quite aptly how fast and
easily a much smaller boat like Jessica's craft can flounder and sink
under a variety of circumstances.
Now Lew, why don't you tell us how Jessica is infinitely more
experienced than the sailing crew of the Concordia?
For openers, Jessica isn't running any square sail (barquentine
rigging) and she's small enough to take a much bigger impulse before
her 'windows' pop out and sink her. With that much flat sail hitting
the water the chance of a big tub like the Concordia righting herself
quickly before water pours in are slim to none. I venture to guess
that jessica's boat would be Self-righting. Maybe even has a
inflatable ball on top of her mast.
I had a bullet-shaped block of foam on top of the mast of my Hoby,
'cuz righting a cat is nigh impossible.
What I'm saying is, that I'd rather take a microburst in Jessica's
boat that in a big steel tub like the SV Concordia.
In the old days, the masts would have just snapped and all would
likely have been fine.
Did you read about the heroic effort of one of the kids when he dove
over-board to rescue the emergency locator?
HE is the one that saved the day. Deserves a medal.
Guess that's ok then, since under the same circumstances you'd be
prepared to risk your life on a 'venture to guess' and a 'maybe'.
Might have a beer with you sometime buddy, but I doubt I'll ever go
sailing with you. :)
Yuppers, but let's be generous with our praise - the Brasilians were on
the ball, on the seas and in the air over the lifeboats to guide
rescuers. A Philippine freighter responded as promptly as she was able
to take on the 48 people she could find, and the rest were scooped up by
Brasilian Naval frigates.
The kids had been drilled in emergency procedures. It would seem that
whoever did that, did a good enough job that when it counted, the kids
knew what to do and did it right.
Give the kid a medal - he did good, but let's raise a glass to the
Brasilian Navy, the crew of the Hokuetsu Delight, and whoever prepared
the kids to survive the loss of the Concordia. They did good, too.
Agreed. As well, I imagine with all those kids whose lives were
potentionally on the line considering where they were, the captain and
crew would be broadcasting their whereabouts on a fairly continual
I have a suspicion that it's an automated system. For example, I just
checked on the current status of the Hokuetsu Delight on APRS:
Some time ago I resolved to not take competence for granted - not even
where I have every reason to expect it.
Probably a natural precaution with today's electronics. Guess
something like that could also be configured to broadcast some type of
emergency signal in the event of a problem.
Makes one wonder how Columbus made it to this continent in the first
place. ~ Without all that technology to protect him that is. :)
I was doing some reading on this and the tuition for this school is $42,000
a year. I know I am being a smartass, but do they get a discount for being
Have you been following this, Lew?
That would be quite an experience for anyone, let alone high school kids.
It will look good on their resume! I can see it now. I survived a shipwreck
half way through the semester!
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