Rambler capsize - conclusions


We look at the lessons that can be learned from the maxi boat capsize incident
This article follows on from part 1 and part 2.... Conclusions: It cannot be stressed enough how fortunate the Rambler crew was that no one was lost. This was certainly down to the calibre of her crew, including several of the most experienced offshore sailors in our sport, the professionalism of the Irish rescue services and the crew of the Wave Chieftain. But it was also due to a large measure of good luck: Had Rambler not capsized within 8 miles of the Irish coast (12 miles from Baltimore); had the incident not happened during daylight hours; had there not been a lifeboat conveniently out in the vicinity in the middle of an exercise/photo shoot; had the dive boat/Phaedo media boat not braved it out to the Fastnet Rock at the time of the incident, skippered by a member of the Baltimore lifeboat... It is a scary thought that if any one of these occurrences had not happened, it would have almost certainly resulted in a loss of life. As Andrew Taylor put it: “We were just about caught out. Had it happened at night the result could have been quite different. We were lucky in many, many ways to get out of this with everyone alive. There are 20 lucky things that potentially helped us get through it. It could have been a lot worse for sure.” Taylor admitted that Rambler 100 had just done the Transatlantic Race with the same crew as they were sailing with in the Rolex Fastnet Race. Prior to the transat they had been very thorough with their safety checks in ensuring that all the crew knew exactly where everything was, although he was aware that in comparison the 608 mile long Fastnet race was a sprint and perhaps they could have been more diligent with clipping

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