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Two Dangerous Rigging Mistakes

Last summer I was standing on a wharf in Labrador admiring a good-looking expedition boat, but when I looked up, my mouth fell open in horror—and that’s a look I try to avoid at my age.

Take a look at the above photo, which I took at that time. It illustrates two dangerous mistakes. Both involve making a change to the rig without really thinking about the loads and the possible unintended consequences.To continue reading, please login (top right) or join us.

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John

John was born and brought up in Bermuda and started sailing as a child, racing locally and offshore before turning to cruising. He has sailed over 100,000 miles, most of it on his McCurdy & Rhodes 56, Morgan's Cloud, including eight ocean races to Bermuda, culminating in winning his class twice in the Newport Bermuda Race. He has skippered a series of voyages in the North Atlantic, the majority of which have been to the high latitudes. John has been helping others go voyaging by sharing his experience for twenty years, first in yachting magazines and, for the last 12 years, as co-editor/publisher of AAC.