Yesterday I was sailing in a strong gusty wind (gusts about 30 mph). At one gust, my Wave capsized and I fell into the sail, pushing it down. Then the boat turtled. I am guessing that the strong wind to the tramp overpowered the float on the mast when it was submerged and turned the boat completely upside down. This was totally unexpected and I had no idea what to do about it. Fortunately I remembered that I had read a post at this forum where somebody mentioned that he was able to get his Wave out of a turtle (so good to have the forums
). That gave me some hope as I was trying, unsuccessfully, several things. What worked for me at the end was standing at the leeward hull, leaning out as much as possible, while pulling the righting line wrapped around the windward hull. Eventually the tramp tilted and then the wind was helping me.
I have two questions for guys with experience; thanks in advance for answers.
1) Is turtling on a Wave to be expected in strong wind? Had I known it was coming, I guess I could have acted to prevent it.
2) What is the best way to get out of a turtle?