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Sailor dies as yacht capsizes


Good work by the RNLI guys as always but sad news of the one lost.

On a wider context, this is a little worrying. Keels are not supposed to fall off and this is becoming more common as years go on.

The stupid money Open 70's and alike have been having a similar problem caused by the huge stress of lowering the boat weight and compensating by adding complexity to keel dynamics such as swing keels and deep bulbs.

As long as people drive to lower the weight of boats for racing rather than seamanship characteristics, this type of accident will continue to happen.

I haven't seen anywhere what make Holligan was. Was she a one off?
She was a production Max Fun 35. Lightweight carbon with a heavy bulb keel.


Too early to say what caused it, but unlikely that the weather or conditions were a factor. Sounds more like fatigue or poor build quality. The V70's were a design stage too far and too fast but the technology used on production boats is light years behind and has been tried and tested.
From the web site

Real sailors want speed. They want a boat that allows them to plane the water and slice the waves
No, they bloody don't. They want a boat that brings them home safe.

I look forward to the inquest with interest

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