However,I just found out today that a UK yachting magazine put a 12 metre "1982
Jeanneau Sun Fizz ketch" sailboat, provided by an insurance company, through 8
disaster scenarios which were filmed with "special shock-resistant cameras and
posted on Youtube, already generating more than 1 million hits".
I realize that this info may not be news to some readers who have yachts.
You can access the 8 videos & the full, unabridged Yachting Monthly articles
from the following website:
The Crash Test Boat Initiative
by Admiral Yacht Insurance and Yachting Monthly
Readers of Yachting Monthly and followers of yachting videos on portals such as
You Tube, will have noticed our involvement as principal participant within the
"Crash Test Boat Series" - an initiative for 2011 launched by editor, Paul
Gelder, with the intention of replicating a series of "controlled" sailing
disasters, the results of which are listed below.
Crash Test Boat:
How Yachting Monthly Took a 40ft Boat Through 8 Disaster Scenarios
by Paul Gelder
Paperback: 176 pages
Publisher: Adlard Coles Nautical Press (January 1, 2013)
Product Dimensions: 9.7 x 7.4 x 0.6 inches
Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
Publication Date: January 1, 2013
From the people behind the UK's leading sailing magazine for cruisers comes
Crash Test Boat, a dramatic documentation of controlled sailing disasters which
has the potential to save the lives of each and every seaman who buys it.
Crash Test Boat is unique in its field, with no other title on the market aimed
at explicitly revealing at first hand what happens when a boat encounters a
On the spot reporting with action photographs show what happens when typical
family boats fall victim to eight different types of sailing disaster.
How quickly does a cabin fill with water when the hull is holed?
How do you control a gas leak or fire on board?
What should you do first when dealing with a dismasting or a capsize through
By providing cruising and racing yachtsmen with vivid accounts of such extreme
events, Crash Test Boat equips the reader with vital knowledge on what to do if
disaster strikes and, ultimately, gives everyone on board a greater chance of
survival if the boat is overcome.
It is a fascinating, enlightening and instructive read.
Each chapter opener is accompanied by a scannable QR code that takes the reader
directly to the live-action YouTube footage of the relevant crash test, with
informative and engaging commentary throughout from the Crash Test Team.
Blown-up, capzised, set on fire:
'World's unluckiest boat' bows out with a bang
by Sheena McKenzie
updated 7:03 AM EST, Wed November 21, 2012
The experiments were filmed using special shock-resistant cameras and posted on
Youtube, already generating more than 1million hits.
Roger Brydges, sailing accident investigator at the Maritime Accident
Investigation Branch, said recreating sailing disasters to such minute detail
had never been done before. "Being able to monitor the effects and test a range
of responses was invaluable," he added.
Each experiment was modeled on real-life disasters, such as the 1979 Fastnet
race in which storms in the Irish Sea capsized many of the competing yachts,
resulting in 15 deaths.
Now a battered mess, the Crash Test Boat continues to educate the public,
exhibited at boating shows across Britain and used as a teaching aid at the
International Boat Building College in Suffolk.
"A bit like the equivalent of a dead body in an anatomy class," Gelder
Beeson says the boat's greatest gift was showing sailors that "you really can
rely on yourself."
"All the situations are recoverable.
Your boat won't sink if there's hole in it.
If your mast falls down you can still row to shore.
The real importance of these tests was getting definitive answers in situations
where people might normally panic."