- Dec 30, 2010
I recall racing a J-105 (6+foot keel) in San Diego harbor and taking it damn close to some day marks and around some ammo docs out near the edge of Coronado. More than once I held my breath as the skipper took the boat beyond what I thought was safe. We might have barely scraped bottom a bit, but sure never managed to take off a keel. That skipper knew his "sailing environment," and I was proud to crew with him.While at the USNA in Annapolis, I sailed one season on Semper Fi. (previously named Recluta). She was a 48' Mahogany Frehrs with a deep keel. We had a lot of fun getting her back into shape after she was donated to the sailing program. She was a great boat, and raced very well. The summer after I left, she competed in Block Island Race week. During a race she hit a sandbar that was not on the charts at speed, lost her keel and turtled. I don't know if she was ever returned to sailing condition. Deep keels are great for racing, but you have to be very aware of your sailing environment.
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