Capsize and recovery.......
Plans, designs and rules are always easy to make on paper,
but it is nice to know that they work in practice too.
After a hair-raising weekend on the Medway in gusty strong
wind conditions we received an e-mail from a sailor who was
delighted with the performance of his new 2009 Petticrows
Dragon in the testing conditions:
“We had a serious broach on Saturday and were knocked
flat for some seconds in a violent backing squall. The boat
took a considerable amount of water but I am pleased to say
that when she righted herself, she was buoyant, water was
constrained in the centre of the boat and when Catriona went
forward to get the spinnaker down, the boat remained stable
both laterally and longitudinally due to the buoyant ends.
Water was out of the boat in 3 mins with some pumping from
us. We never felt in any serious danger but am quite sure
that it would have been much less pleasant in an older boat.”
Testing in situ has proved that the changes made to the class
rules have been effective in improving the overall safety
of the Dragon class and will help to maintain its status as
the world’s premier small keelboat.