Looks like the aka broke at the brace bolt hole?
Earlier he broke the aka shear-bolts, and the spares. There IS a reason that it's a shear-bolt there. Notice also, the ropes tied to keep the aka from collapsing while underway.
What are the plastic bag thingies out near the SB ama?
That's about 50 pounds of dive weights on belts, Duct-taped to each windward aka, at the ama. He said it leveled out the boat nicely since the wind was always coming from this right. This wasn't his first crossing in conditions like this.
Shame the video wasn't better quality.
The first recorded video (and roughest) was out of focus, possibly because of conditions, or bumping a setting. All the others were great, but not as extreme. He wanted to be sure that anyone thinking about doing this, knew what they were getting themselves into!
Kelly is one of the few people I know that is capable of doing this, surviving it, and then sailing in like it was an easy one hour light sail. He seemed as calm and fresh after 12 hours of that, than most of us are before launch. I am very good at sailing my AI's. Kelly makes me look like a beginner.
- - - - - Hobie Island Sailing since 2006 - - - - - 2011 & 2015? Hobie AIs and a 2012 TI