clueless

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There’s much fun to be had searching this photo in detail for clues as to how the crew of the Swan 45 arrived at their predicament. But the poor bloke in the bow has had enough - he can’t bear to even look… Find any clues?

 

PaulK

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There are obviously too many crew on the leeward side of the boat - hidden by the wave. Only two to windward - the bowman and the one by the cabin trunk.  Six or eight guys on the starboard rail - that must be why they're heeled so far over. 

They also seem quite close to shore in a deep-draft boat.  Is she aground, with the skipper trying to heel the boat over to get her off the sandbar? Seems to be working.

 

Liquid

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Looks like the helmsman is down and back stay guy is on the wheel.

That's a messy foredeck that is about to lose the jib!

Is the inboard end of the pole not up high enough? Which would mean they crashed just preparing for the jibe...

 

fastyacht

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My guess is it all went bad right as they were about to gybe--which is why a foredecker in the pulpit and the foreguy tripped. They broached and that pole got hydroswooshed aft. At some point someone eased the sheet but not enough to stop the madness. IT may have made it worse. They need the halyard eased now.

 

haploid

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Yes, probably getting ready to gybe. Shouldn't be anyone forward unless that was the case. Or just the bowman going forward made her hard to steer and the boat did a death roll to starboard because she was too far by the lee, put the pole in the water and that broke the foreguy. The line from the masthead is probably the pole lift. Lucky the pole didn't break. Even luckier the shroud didn't break.

 
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Puntone

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Pictures from James Robinson Taylor . Raced in Scarlino Tuscany Italy . Race only for Swan 45 2006 or 2007 15/20 knots and gusts 35/ 40knots , I was the security boat.  This Swan 45 was Vixen .

An other pic in the same time .

crash01b.jpg

 
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