the Story from Low Speed Chase

Thanks to Bryan for sharing. That is a fantastic article. I have been searching the web for some closure since it occurred and i think i found it with this article. I hope people take the safety lessons away from this accident, not start a witch hunt for cause. in the end it was a truly tragic accident, no more no less. the reference to the boat that was just ahead that took an outside line, was the boat i was on. We saw it all, were lucky we did not suffer the same fate (a furious few minutes heading up trying to avoid getting pushed in), and unfortunately were powerless to do anything but call it in as quick as possible. God bless those lost and the three survivors as well.

 
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kinsalekieran

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Bryan, my heart felt apologies the loss of your crew mates and close friends. It must have taken so much courage to come forward and speak so well about the incident.

I hope your story goes forward reaches many sailors and makes them think twice about their own safety to save lives.

My thoughts are with the friends and family of the lost men.

 

Dixie

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Editing this man's words is disgusting.
Editors edit. And the animosity between these two is and always has been palpable. Take note that in this incredible story, only the introduction was edited in the SB and SA publications (the Ed only edited out names of the other publications, SB left them in, but the only bolded word in the entire story relates to SB rather than the importance of the message at hand). Could they have explained their edits? Sure.

Whatever.

Move on and let's talk about the story. Way way way more important.

 
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smackdaddy

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Editing this man's words is disgusting.
Editors edit. And the animosity between these two is and always has been palpable. Take note that in this incredible story, only the introduction was edited in the SB and SA publications the Ed only edited out names of the other publications, SB left them in, but the only bolded word in the entire story relates to SB rather than the importance of the message at hand). Could they have explained their edits? Sure.

Whatever.

Move on and let's talk about the story. Way way way more important.
+1

 

Rondog

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Bryan, my heart felt apologies the loss of your crew mates and close friends. It must have taken so much courage to come forward and speak so well about the incident.

I hope your story goes forward reaches many sailors and makes them think twice about their own safety to save lives.

My thoughts are with the friends and family of the lost men.

And woman. ;)

 

Great Red Shark

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Thank you Brian for the account of events - I greatly appreciate hearing the facts of the day and your views on the matters at hand - I know it could not have been easy to write.

The passage

the boat surfed backwards with the wave for a stretch then rotated 90 degrees counter-clockwise before the wave finally barrel rolled it.
was the key to my understanding of the event - other combinations of roll/pitch/yaw didn't make sense to me - that one does. I have sent a smaller boat up a wave so large, steep & beginning to pitch that I wondered if we would be overcome in a similar fashion - but we were lucky and 'punched through' with nearly all forward momentum expended. I can definately see how this would sweep any crew from the deck.
There but for the grace of God, I suppose.

You honored your shipmates by setting the record straight. My appreciation of your effort and sincere condolences.

Lastly, immaterial edits and your indignation are not the point, folks give it a rest.

 
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toe.rail

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Editing this man's words is disgusting.
Editors edit. And the animosity between these two is and always has been palpable. Take note that in this incredible story, only the introduction was edited in the SB and SA publications (the Ed only edited out names of the other publications, SB left them in, but the only bolded word in the entire story relates to SB rather than the importance of the message at hand). Could they have explained their edits? Sure.

Whatever.

Move on and let's talk about the story. Way way way more important.
Dixie- I am sorry but you are wrong. We all know what a horrible story this is. To take Bryan's piece and change it so readers THINK that it was some exclusive SA story is just pathetic. I encourage everyone to read Scuttlebutt tonight and see what Bryan had written to the FOUR publications. Again, shame on Scot. Scot-----have an answer?

 
Thank you for taking some time out of your life to write this article..Finally those that are Monday morning quarterbacks will now be silenced as you were there..not starting rumors and we think this happened ..we all now need to learn what went wrong and learn from it...it was a terrible accident, and at that time everybody was doing the right thing...Like the old saying " Oh God my boat is so small and the ocean so big". I am truly sorry for the loss of your friends and crew mates...may their demise not go unnoticed and may we learn from it..Sailors RIP...

 

SailSailBail

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Bryan,

thank you for sharing.

very interesting points.

I used to always avoid reading stories like this and accident reports but I must say this past few months (including the MAIB report on Lion) have made me re-evaluate the way I sail and prepare.

I will readily admit your points will probably save my life or someone I sail with one day.

Thank you.

 

rmpaul

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As one who has done this race under similar conditions ten times, I thank you for giving your account in a clear and unambiguous manner. To do this so soon after the event must have been difficult, but it serves to dispel the speculation and uninformed commentary that too many are so willing to offer. As many others have expressed, our condolences for your loss and our gratitude for your thoughtful and articulate account.

 

Tornadosail2012

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I've chosen to use Sailing Anarchy for distributing this story because they're of a kindred spirit and were the favorites amongst the crew of Low Speed Chase and those who already know the answer to the question, "Why would you sail in the ocean on a windy day with big swells?"

Bryan,

Thank you so much for sharing this story with all of us in this sailing fraternity. You have given all of us who do sail the ocean some clear thoughts on both your loss and those on your team, but also another view on things that we do at times take for granted when it comes to our safety and at times the safety of those who choose to go off shore with us. I hope that this will help us all be more cognizant of the situation around us and more proactive towards safely returning from the sea. Again, Thank you for sharing and may you find fair winds and following seas. Tom

 
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Editing this man's words is disgusting.
Editors edit. And the animosity between these two is and always has been palpable. Take note that in this incredible story, only the introduction was edited in the SB and SA publications the Ed only edited out names of the other publications, SB left them in, but the only bolded word in the entire story relates to SB rather than the importance of the message at hand). Could they have explained their edits? Sure.

Whatever.

Move on and let's talk about the story. Way way way more important.
+1
+1 & Thanks Ed cheep shouts aside

THIS is EXACTLY Y I read SA.

Sailing news about our passion FIRST Person.

And Bryan Thank You for sharing your store of survival with Us !!

Friends lost at sea are with us always as memories of good times, smiling faces and fast races shared.

 
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captrcb

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Bryan,

Thank you so much for your story. I've been sailing since I was 10, I'm 66 now and I've cruised and raced in the ocean more times than I can recall and thankfully never met a wave like the one you so elegantly describe. Everything on this planet dies sooner or later, better dying doing what you love than in some nursing home with tubes down your throat.

So sorry for your loss, I hope you get back on a boat soon and again discover the peace and joy we sailors love so much.

Fair winds and following seas.

 
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Bryan,

Thank you so very much for posting your account of the tragic accident. Rest assured that more people that you can possibly imagine are going to benefit from what you wrote.

My sincere condolences to you and all those that lost a friend or loved one on Low Speed Chase.

 

dacapo

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Editing this man's words is disgusting.
Editors edit. And the animosity between these two is and always has been palpable. Take note that in this incredible story, only the introduction was edited in the SB and SA publications (the Ed only edited out names of the other publications, SB left them in, but the only bolded word in the entire story relates to SB rather than the importance of the message at hand). Could they have explained their edits? Sure.

Whatever.

Move on and let's talk about the story. Way way way more important.
Dixie- I am sorry but you are wrong. We all know what a horrible story this is. To take Bryan's piece and change it so readers THINK that it was some exclusive SA story is just pathetic. I encourage everyone to read Scuttlebutt tonight and see what Bryan had written to the FOUR publications. Again, shame on Scot. Scot-----have an answer?
if you believe that we, as sailors, even give a fuck where Bryan sent this, then YOU'RE MISSING THE POINT of his writing. we(I) don;t care who he sent this to, it doesn't change the events that happened, it doesn't bring back the lost sailors and it doesn't do one damn thing...the fact that YOU had to whine like a little bitch show's how small you really are....I hope he sent it to every marine publication on the planet for immediate release.

Sorry Bryan for this rant, but that pisses me off.

 




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