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Veteran bluewater sailor capsizes

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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