SIGHTINGS • 40-50% of boating fatalities are related to alcohol. BAC is harder to pinpoint the longer a body is in the water, so it’s likely these statistics are on the low side. • Designated drivers don’t work on boats. You may be okay to drive, but your intoxicated passengers are more likely to fall overboard, interfere with your driving, or capsize the boat. Nearly 70% of all alcohol-related fatalities are people who fell overboard and drowned. • Alcohol opens blood vessels close to the skin which makes you more susceptible to hypothermia if you fall overboard. We’re certainly not proposing abstinence — heaven knows we like to throw back a cold one now and again — just hold off until your docklines are secured.
orange II — cont’d How wrong we were. On July 6, Bruno Peyron’s 120-ft Orange II beat PlayStation’s mark by more than 9 hours. The official time for this ‘next generation’ maxi cat (which wasn’t even a gleam in Bruno’s eye in 2001) over the 2,925-mile Ambrose Light-Lizard course was 4 days, 8 hours, 23 minutes and 54 seconds — an average 28.02 knots. Not dramatic enough? Okay: for the first three days out of New York, she averaged — averaged — almost 32 knots and never did less than 750 miles a day. And in one 24-hour period between July 2-3, she covered 766 miles, a new day’s run record. And she did it wounded — on the third night out, while doing (ahem) 37.38 knots, she hit what is thought to have been a small submerged iceberg, shearing off most of her port rudder. Between having to stop to assess the damage and sailing ‘conservatively’ from then on (Bruno imposed a 30-knot curfew on helmsmen), that cost them six to eight hours. And Bruno thinks they can do it faster. “When we did our route planning before the collision with this bit of ice, we were setting a time of less than four days,” he said. “So, yes — crossing continued on outside column of next sightings page
PHOTOS COURTESY ORANGE II
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The August 2006 issue of the West's premier sailing and marine magazine.