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PostPosted: Sat Mar 01, 2014 7:57 pm    Post subject: Re: because the coast guard said so... Reply with quote

kirk wrote:
I carry a strobe so if not disabled (shoulder separation, ...)

Ya gotta toughen up, one of our guys might say.

He came walking back to us from downwind with a stick holding one arm out at an odd angle ... from its origin well below his normal shoulder. It took a big surgeon, a bigger assistant, and IIRC a third party, plus maybe some screaming, to get the shoulder back into the socket.

And that wasn't even the worst of it. He dislocated it a kilometer offshore and downwind, had to waterstart his sinker, sail across the river in major wind and swell, drag his gear ashore across slippery rocks, find the stick, and hike back upwind a km or so just to get help.

And he's no young pup; he's in his 50s.

I'm not aware of any protective gear that would have avoided that injury, but I do take protective measures in those conditions. It was blowing very hard even for the Gorge, with many sharp gusts well into the 50s if not more. One of those gusts simply ripped his humerus out of its socket just as he thrust his mast forward and into a turn off the lip.
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