Veteran bluewater sailor capsizes

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The skipper of the yacht Spirit of Antigua, which capsized Wednesday night in the bay of Biscay, has described the setting of the accident.

"There wasn't that much wind - only about 15 knots. We were sailing fast and close to the wind," says Ben Jones. "We then had a big gust and because it's a multi hull, the apparent wind induces a much worse affect. So the boat powered up a lot very quickly. At the same time the windward hull came off a wave, which got the hull lifting out. The rudder stalled. We couldn't get the sheet off quickly enough so we couldn't depower the boat."

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