Cruising Reports

Broach v Knockdown


Some sailors will tell you they have been knocked down when they mean braoched. The picture is John demonstrating a Broach in warm waters. John is a good helm and easily recovered from a simple error in Jibing the kite. Most broaches are easily recovered from as Yachts are designed to be inherently stable. In over 100,000 miles I have only been knocked down a few times, one was off the Mull of Kintyre in the 3 Peaks Yacht Race when the Guy on a kite broke, as the top of the Mast went in the spinnaker disintegrated and we came back up.
Off Tasmania in 60+ knots with a fully reefed main we were pinned down by the preventer on the boom. It had been tied correctly so could be undone under load and we came back up as soon as it was freed.
In our Milebuilders we have never been knocked down and I don’t intend to start now.
Mile building sailing trips are about building experience as well as miles and team members play an active part in all aspects of sailing Wild Spirit.
If you want to benefit from the sailing experience of a skipper/ instructor with 110,000NM then a Milebuilder on Wild Spirit may well suit you.

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