The Hull-Keel Connection
What’s happening here? In June, the Cynthia Woods, a Cape Fear 38, lost its keel while racing in the Gulf of Mexico. One of the crew members, Roger Stone, died while helping his crewmates evacuate. That same month, a J/80 lost its keel during a race on Long Island Sound. Thankfully, no one was hurt in that incident. Both accidents are still being investigated. The fate of the Cynthia Woods recalls other accidents involving lost keels. Hooligan V (pictured above), a Max Fun 35, lost its keel off the coast of England while racing in May 2007. In 2005, a Bavaria Match 42 lost its keel while racing in the Med. In each case, one of the crewmembers died.