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PostPosted: Fri Jul 24, 2009 8:11 pm 
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I've seen one other post about optimal capsize "technique" - ie. what to do when you know the boat is going over. That entry was posted by an H20 sailor. Resulting recommendations can be roughly summarized as "hold on - if you can". I've just recently started trapping and am wondering if there are any words of wisdom about handling a capsize when trapping from the H17 wings since it's occurred to me that I may be a human sling shot when something goes haywire up there. Anyone tried to climb down the under-surface of the wings (ie normally facing the water) at the time of capsize and then stand on the windward hull? I've got a feeling that it's going to be a human cannonball type of adventure but if there are any tips, I'd love to hear them. thx.

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PostPosted: Sun Jul 26, 2009 4:49 am 
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I've rarely gone over that way. Most of the time, I've pitchpoled or fallen off the trapeze (something broke).

It depends on how low you are trapping out. Since I trap out low, I can sit on the edge of the wing as the boat's going over, then unhook and climb down, usually around the front crossbar so I end up next to the righting line.

Whatever you do, don't jump into the sail.


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PostPosted: Sun Sep 20, 2009 9:30 am 
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I smell what you're stepping in. Went over in a hurry once w/ my son on the wire– he came flying past me in a blur and into the sail maybe 5' above the foot. We had so much rolling momentum, the boat didn't even think about stopping. We turtled in a heartbeat... ah the joys of sailing on a gusty inland lake. He is light enough (and went into it flat enough) so the sail was unscathed.

More recently I took that ride from the wing, but just sitting on it. A gnarly, rogue gust nailed me while asleep at the wheel and I put my leg through the bottom panel near the window. That sail was seriously delaminating anyway, so I am now the proud owner of a pentex square top. It seems to me there is not a lot room between the sail & tramp to fall from the wing, whether trapping or sitting. Holding on and lowering yourself down either side is the obvious plan but I seem to have a shortage of hands (with the sheet and tiller to tend) when a capsize is looming. :shock:


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