Orange deux? $60! A dinghy that was desinged for San Francisco Bay. I love Bay boats (Cal 20s, El Toros, Olson 30s, Wylie Wabbits, etc).
Yeah, I know, some troll out there will tell me that it's only worthy of scuttling and being turned into a reef. My question to you is, have you ever sailed a Banshee? If you haven't, shut the f#ck up!
The film above documents Frank Dye's second major sea passage, a Norwegian Sea crossing from Scotland to Aalesund, Norway, Dye and his crew, Bill Brockbank, narrowly survived four capsizes and a broken mast during a Force 9 storm. In Ocean–Crossing Wayfarer (1977), written with his wife Margaret, Dye recalled the scene: "It was impossible to look into the wind. It was screaming and the tops of the waves were blown completely away, feeling like hail. Within our limited vision the whole sea seemed to be smoking. Just to see such seas break away on the beam was frightening – 25ft of solid water, with another 12ft of overhanging crest above it. It was only a matter of time before we got one aboard."
When the inevitable happened, both men hauled on the warps, frantically trying to pull Wanderer through the crest: "She rose gallantly, but it was an impossible position: she seemed to be rising at 60 degrees and there was still a 15ft crest curling above us. Down it came and we were driven bodily under. With ears roaring under immense pressure, and swallowing water, I fought back to the surface, only to find Wanderer was lying bottom up."
After three more capsizes, Dye reflected: "Possibly we were the only people alive to have taken an open dinghy through a Force 9 gale, but we felt no elation, just a reaction of wetness, coldness and extreme tiredness." The pair recovered the mast from the sea, made a jury rig and went on to make landfall in Norway without further incident.
Bono tidal bore in Sumatra, Indonesia Joe, I feel like I'm having a flashback. No, my friend, those little dots you did back in the 70s are not causing you to hallucinate. This is the real deal. side note: Kids, don't do drugs!
How politically incorrect of you, Joe.Shouldn't it be Crew Overboard? F that! I'm sick of walking on eggshells.
Sorry for the ride around the lake. Now back to our story. Andrew Taylor was flung overboard while changing a sail on the foredeck of Derry~Londonderry~Doire' during Race 10 of the Clipper Round the World Race. His swim occurred midway between Qingdao, China, and San Francisco. Luckily for Andrew, he was wearing a drysuit and PFD. His recovery from the messy waters of the North Pacific was no mean feat. Poor Andrew spent about an hour and a half in the water. He was quite happy to be pulled back aboard to the safety of the boat. His skipper said,"...whilst clearly shocked, he is quite happy to be alive I think!" Ya think!
Yes boys and girls, the sea is not for the faint of heart. To quote the Swiss Boy Scout handbook, "Allzeit bereit!"