Thanks to Cynthia Rauschert for the photos from that night.
continues the Free Yacht saga begun at How to Get a Free Yacht
Here's the table of contents of the whole saga:
Chapter 1: How to Get a Free Yacht
Chapter 2: Maiden Voyage of the Free Yacht
Chapter 3: Fix Broken Stix and other Trix
Chapter 4: Outboard Motor Mutilates Foot
Chapter 5: It's sinking and it's on Fire.
Chapter 6: How To Give Away a Free Yacht
Chapter 7: Get an Even Better One and Fabulize it.
Chapter 8: Celebrate Freedom
Chapter 9: Technicolor Dreamboat
Chapter 10: Privateer Knot
Chapter 11: Dismasted!
Chapter 12: Kiteboat!
Chapter 13: Mast Raising!
Step 1: The View From the Cockpit
The sails in the water filled with water and slowly dragged more stuff over the side.
What a mess. How could all that crap do that and not hurt anyone? We got lucky.
Step 2: Gus' Narrative part 1
Captain Gus Holcomb writes:
Well, Last night didn't go well. Everyone is thankfully ok, but Solara was
demasted last night in the bay.
On the way back from a Red Rock sight seeing trip the wind picked up to
20-25. We were close hauled and heading to TI. We were sailing fast, but the
boat felt balanced. The starboard ama was skipping the surface of the water.
I didn't feel like we were overpowered; Modest weather-helm.
Not sure what happened first, but one of the stays pulled free and the mast
shattered about 1/4 of the way up.
Gus' email continues on next step...