One of the most worrysome occurrences during a short-crewed long passage is having a crewmember in urgent need of medical care, be it due to a sudden illness or, even worse, an accident, when the nearest port is many sailing days away. The two longest passages in a circumnavigation take more than 20 days each and, unless in the very … Continua a leggere

CAPSIZED!! (part 3, lessons learned)

We don’t like talking about this accident, which could have had much more serious consequences than just equipment damages (although the after-effects of these damages haunted us throughout the rest of the voyage), but that also gives to the whole voyage an undeserved negative flavour. We could have killed ourselves. Luckily we are always very strict in the use of … Continua a leggere

CAPSIZED!! (part 2, how it happened)

Although in the trade-wind belt, the sea area from the Dutch Antilles to Panama is infamous for its strong winds and nasty cross-seas, and we were having a good sample since two days. Reading our log-book of the hours immediately before the accident, it’s obvious that the situation was dangerous, more than it appeared thanks to the boat’s comfortable behaviour: … Continua a leggere

CAPSIZED!! (part 1, the crash)

January 18, 2008, 14:00 hrs, about 150 miles NNE of Panama: I’ve just stepped down below decks and I’m standing beside the chart table, taking the oilskin off, when the boat starts a very fast roll to starboard: I think “she’s not going to stop!!” and I find myself tumbling over and being bombarded by various objects which are flying … Continua a leggere