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Charles Nethersole, a professional captain, will give an account of what happened one fateful night in November, 2016 aboard Leopard, a 57-foot Chris White design Atlantic Catamaran.
The Leopard capsized 400 miles north of the Dominican Republic due to a random weather event. The cause of the capsize has been debated by meteorologists, suggesting that a volatile tornado waterspout or a microburst was to blame. The captain and crew had been sailing proficiently prior to the capsize and did all the right things in response to the disaster. We will hear about the hours of the night leading up to the event, the crew’s response to the difficult circumstances of being upside down as water rose to chest level, and the rescue after the EPIRB signal was picked up.
Charles, with over 4 decades of skippering a diversity of boats, will share other stories of mishaps along the way, including dismasting and grounding and his preventative and recovery strategies.
This presentation is the 3rd in a series of 8 hosted by the Camden Yacht Club and is free of charge and open to the public. Donations at the door will be gratefully accepted, to benefit the non-profit Camden Area Youth Seamanship Program (CAYSP). For more information, please contact the CYC office at 207-236-7033 or visit our web site: camdenyachtclub.org.