Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Capsize Medley; A Sabre and a Topper

It's been some time since I posted on one of my favorite topics, small boat sailors capsizing.

In the first one, an Australian Sabre dinghy sailor was gybing to get back to the line before the start, spun out, and capsized to windward (the worst kind to rescue from). Said sailor performs stellar rescue with the added benefit he ends up on the right gybe heading back to the start line. Smiles all around.

In this second one, a junior sailor on a Topper (must be England) either collides with the coach boat, or the coach boat collides with him/her, net result, a rollover to leeward. Again, a TOH to this junior on a very speedy recovery.


Joe Rousé said...

I love the Aussie Sabre. I have plans, and full sized patterns sitting in a tube in the corner of my office. I hope to build one some time in the future. Hopefully, it will be before hell freezes over.

Tweezerman said...


The Sabre, in certain parts of Australia, has taken over from the Laser, same as the Solo, in certain parts of England has taken over from the Laser. Both are singlehanders that aren't such a bear to handle as the Laser in a breeze and their ideal sailing weight is lighter than the Laser.

Joe Rousé said...

I was told by an Aussie who sailed Sabres in Melbourne that SF Bay is just the kind of place that the Sabre was designed for. So I can see it's appeal.