{Stus-List} Gotta luv those Roller furlers

Hoyt, Mike Mike.Hoyt at impgroup.com
Wed Nov 7 10:53:19 EST 2007


yeah - unless of course a rollewr furler jams in those conditions

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AN ANALYSIS OF THE CHICAGO TRAGEDY
by Erin L. Schanen, Sailing Magazine
Three sailors died and a fourth crewmember was treated for hypothermia
when
the J/35 they were on smashed into a breakwall during a man overboard
rescue
in Chicago, Illinois, October 24. The accident happened at about 8:15
p.m.
near the end of a short trip to a local boatyard for the winter. Killed
were
the boat's owner John Finn, 45, Alexander Childers, 38, and Adam Kronen,
33.
Another crewmember, Joseph Sunshine, 34, was treated at an area
hospital.
Three were wearing Type I vest-style life jackets and another wore a
properly
functioning self-inflating jacket. They were not wearing harnesses.
 
The foursome left aboard the 35-foot Jason earlier in the evening from
Columbia Yacht Club in downtown Chicago in rough conditions to take the
boat
south to Crowley's Yacht Yard up the Calumet River about 12 nautical
miles
away. A National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration buoy in the
middle of
southern Lake Michigan reported north winds from 21 to 30 knots and
waves
seven to nine feet high at the time of the ill-fated delivery.
 
A couple hours later, Finn and his crew attempted to take down the only
sail
they had set - a No. 3 jib - outside of Calumet Harbor near the southern
end
of the breakwall, instead of entering a gap at the northern end of the
harbor
or tucking in around the south end of the wall to douse the sail.
Childers
was on deck pulling the jib down when he fell overboard, said Petty
Officer
Michael Arnold of U.S. Coast Guard Station Calumet Harbor, who
coordinated
the rescue. Finn immediately turned the boat to rescue Childers, and the
crew
called the Coast Guard.
 
The crew was able to reach Childers, but did not get him back on board,
Arnold said, based on an interview with survivor Sunshine."They were
able to
recover the guy enough to latch back onto him, but then they started
having
problems with the sea state," Arnold said. "The winds were pushing them
into
the breakwater and they had the engine on full power but it was not
enough."
He estimated the waves at 10 to 12 feet high as they rebounded from the
breakwall. -- Read one:
http://www.sailingmagazine.net/launchings_1207.html
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