All fotos here were taken by Scot Surbeck and come thanks to Julian Marsano, who blogs as PioneerSailing.  The moral of the story is that extreme weather can move in quickly, as happened two weeks ago when a squall galloped into the sixth boro at 30 mph, bringing in 45+ mph gusts.    Manhattan Sailing School J-24s were racing in regular midweek evening regatta under the flag of Manhattan Sailing Club.  Gusts hit Great Republic first, the boat with GR on the sail, knocking her flat.

With no warning, safety talks had to translate into immediate action.

Great Republic sank to the bottom of the harbor.  No one was hurt.

Read Julian’s reflections here.    So even on the Dead Sea, be alert and practiced.

Thanks much to Julian for these pics and this story.

Unrelated entirely, thanks to Matt Soundbounder for this youtube showing F/V Miss China  shredded.  Here’s a foto of Miss China five years earlier still commercially viable.

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