sail-world.com
 
 
News Home Video Gallery Photo Gallery
Sail-World.com : The Force capsizes in big breeze on San Francisco Bay + Video
The Force capsizes in big breeze on San Francisco Bay + Video


'American Youth Sailing Force (The Force)'    Erik Simonson    Click Here to view large photo

The American Youth Sailing Force (The Force) was looking for big breeze this past weekend, and that’s exactly what we got. The conditions were spectacular, with winds in the high teens and low twenties, clear skies and warm temperatures.

What we hadn’t anticipated was being the first Red Bull Youth America’s Cup team to capsize an AC45.

In conditions much like those we’ll see this summer, Helmsman Michael Menninger explained what happened Sunday May 5, 'After two hours of really solid practice, we set up for a gybe-set in a mark 1 situation. As we began to round the mark and bear-off, a gust hit us as the crew came off the rail to gybe. I felt that if we continued to turn down to round the mark, we were going to pitch pull or flip.'

It was a profound moment for the skipper and crew. 'Continuing to bear-off did not feel like it was the right move and we were not far off of a beam reach so I thought heading up was the safest thing to do.'

American Youth Sailing Force (The Force) -  Erik Simonson   Click Here to view large photo

Sometimes it’s not. 'As I began to head up, I dropped the wing sheet but it didn't go out as it was on the runner. I continued to head up into the wind…but the boat was going over. It went over nice and gently. The main things are that everyone is safe and there is no significant damage to the boat or wing. It’s good we are pushing our sailing and learning as a team.'

The Force crewmembers have trained diligently, knowing that the AC45 can be a controlled wild beast, but just barely. Team Captain, Ian Andrewes says that, 'When things go wrong, it's a wild beast just in a different way. We were sailing in big breeze on SF Bay when we were hit by a huge puff and rolled the boat over.'

'It’s really important to understand exactly why this happened, study it and incorporate that into our future training,' according to The Force’s AC45 Boat Captain Mikey Radziejowski. 'We’re going to start working on repairing the boat Monday. It will be ready for us to go sailing next Friday in our joint training session with the other US entry, USA45 Sailing.



American Youth Sailing Force


by Vince Casalaina

  

Click on the FB Like link to post this story to your FB wall

http://www.sail-world.com/index.cfm?nid=109191

5:59 PM Mon 6 May 2013GMT


Click here for printer friendly version
Click here to send us feedback or comments about this story.







News - USA and the World





































America's Cup Book Review: Winging It - Oracle Team USA's comeback *Feature by Richard Gladwell Sail-World.com/nz,




Rolex China Sea Race 2014 - nip and tuck for IRC honours by RHKYC and Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia, Hong Kong


























HUD Vision: An interview with Afterguard Marine’s Alex Moret *Feature
ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyeres - US Sailing Team ready for action
Volvo Ocean Race - Dongfeng Race Team first official qualifier
Springtime boat buyers need to take care of a few key things
ISAF Match Race Rankings for 16 April 2014
ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyeres – World’s best to race on French Riviera
Rolex China Sea Race – Fleet off to a clean start
America's Cup: Expected de Ridder penalty should be reduced *Feature
World Youth Sailing Week – Second edition officially presented + Video
Rolex China Sea Race - Sailing classic returns
Les Voiles de St Barth – Fired up for battle
CNN Mainsail Down Under for the 75th JJ Giltinan Trophy - 18ft skiffs
Volvo Ocean Race: North Sails on outfitting the Volvo 65
Image gallery: James Cook High's Royal encounter on Steinlager 2 *Feature
Volvo Ocean Race - Maersk Line named shipping partner
Congressional Cup - Victory for Taylor Canfield and crew
SSV Oliver Hazard Perry joins America's Tall Ship fleet + Video
2014 Halifax – Saint-Pierre Ocean Race
Oyster Regatta Antigua - Glorious conditions prevail on final day
WWA Pro Card Qualifier - Pro Cards earned at Freedom Wake Park
Christmas Caribbean Rally - Top class sailors to compete   
Earth Day boater tips   
Anna Tunnicliffe - from CrossFit to Extreme 40's   
Charleston Race Week - Photos by Chris Howell   
Image Gallery: Stratis SL33 flies on the Waitemata   
Audi Melges 20- Sperry Topsider Charleston Race Week - Light final day   
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - PSP Logistics prepares for USA   
ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyères - Crème of the crop to compete   
Congressional Cup: Luna Rossa makes podium in first event   
Int 14 World Championships 2015 launch new event website   
International Optimist Regatta Clinic and Team Race - Register now!   
Congressional Cup: World top rankers finish that way in Long Beach   
Sperry Top-Sider Charleston Race Week Day 3 finale   
America's Cup: Gino Morrelli outlines the new AC62 design   
Doyle Sails New Zealand signs Andrew Brown as One Design Manager   
America's Cup: Dean Barker's Blog - A sail with the Duke and Duchess *Feature   
29er World Youth Sailing Week Easter regatta - Day 1 and 2 overall   
C Thomas Clagett Jr Memorial Clinic/Regatta - Entries start to roll in   
50th Congressional Cup: See the delayed coverage and media conferences   
Clipper Race 10 Day 27: Closing stages - Qingdao to San Francisco   


For this week's complete news stories select    Last 7 Days
   Search All News
For last month's complete news stories select    Last 30 Days
   Archive News







Sail-World.com  


















Switch Default Region to:

Social Media

Asia

Australia

Canada

Europe

New Zealand

United Kingdom


http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/Twitter_logo_small.png http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/FaceBook-icon.png  http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/RSS-Icon.png

United States

Cruising Northern

Cruising Southern

MarineBusiness World

PowerBoat World

FishingBoating World

 

Contact

Commercial

News

Search

Contact Us

Advertisers Information

Submit news/events

Search Stories/Text

Feedback

Advertisers Directory

Newsletter Archive

Photo Gallery

 

Banner Advertising Details

Newsletter Subscribe

Video Gallery

Policies

 

 

 

Privacy Policy

 

 


Cookie Policy

 

 



This site and its contents are © Copyright TetraMedia and/or the original author, photographer etc. All Rights Reserved.  Photographs are copyright by law.  If you wish to use or buy a photograph contact the photographer directly.
X6XL NEW US