Monday, November 08, 2010

Any landing you walk away from may be good one...

but I think most people prefer the kind that doesn't make them pee their foulies first. Holy smokes, does that look scary!

Thank you Control Geek for that link!

12 comments:

Baydog said...

Aw hell, I do that all the time!

bonnie said...

Duuuuude!

Greg and Kris said...

Holey smokes. Only a surfer knows the feeling ... and a couple of crazy Danish sailors.

Pandabonium said...

Good to have someone on the bow - to fend off incase you hit the wall. :(

O Docker said...

My insurance company?

MetLife - why do you ask?

Pat said...

Was that the one of the nine Poles (Whisker, Spinnaker, Mast, Boom, Boathook, Tenfoot, North, South, Magnetic?) with only one experienced sailor who chartered the 40-foot Delphia 40 "Cedar" out of Gdynia and scraped their way into Svaneke Harbour, Bornholm, after the skipper had been sailing for 25 hours? It looked like a mixture of luck and skilled boat handling but preceded perhaps by poor judgment and fatigue. A very slight difference in wave sets could have blown up their boat on a harbour wall.

bonnie said...

Pat, is that the story behind that entrance? I didn't know what the backstory was. Naturally the monday-morning quarterbacks were hard at work over at BoingBoing - I didn't have anything to add but if asked, I would definitely put in my vote with skill plus a LOT of luck. The slightest miscalculation & the outcome could've been horrifying.

bonnie said...

ps - great list of Poles!

Tillerman said...

All skill.

Anonymous said...

I'm not too sure about the list of poles, but Pat has the basic story correct. The wind was up to 22 m/s at the entrance.

bonnie said...

And for those of us here on non-metric shores - that's just a hair shy of 50MPH. Yikes.

I wonder if anyone but the skipper ever went sailing again?

Not asking about the captain - people that good mostly don't quit.

Pandabonium said...

I sent this to my brother who has a great deal of sailing experience. He was impressed by the skill shown, but suggested that there might have been a lot of local knowledge involved as well. "Maybe this wasn't the first time they've done this" was his exact comment.