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GuyT



Joined: 13 Sep 2002
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 25, 2013 9:17 pm    Post subject: Thanks for the rescue at the Hatch today Reply with quote

Broke my fin on a stump today at the Hatch, Oregon side. A fine man responded to my distress signals and passed the message so my wife could bring me another fin.

I was not clever enough to ask this man's name, I'll try to find out tomorrow, but meanwhile, many thanks to that person.
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stuebing



Joined: 19 Jul 2000
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 25, 2013 11:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

With a broken fin, you can always remove your harness and secure it to the tail of your board at the rear harness strap. That is not great since your harness is no longer holding the boom, and the harness dragging in the water is inefficient, keeping things slow and turning more than desired. But this self rescue does work, is faster and easier than swimming. I have done it myself successfully at one of the widest points in The Gorge. Help from other sailors is better, but self rescue should always be a last option. Carl S
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oriada97215



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PostPosted: Fri Jul 26, 2013 1:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's always nice to read these stories. Glad things worked out for you. Incidently, was it that massive tree stump that looked like a seamount?
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kenmacdonald



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PostPosted: Fri Jul 26, 2013 1:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It wasnt me, but I think I speak for many that we all stand ready to rescue Sylvie's husband!
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GuyT



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PostPosted: Fri Jul 26, 2013 3:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the tip, oriada97215, I'll give it a try in a "safe" environment first. I still remember when my sail detached from my board in the barge lane while one was coming.

Three guys had to rescue me: two to put the rig together and one to calm me down. Wink

To my friend Ken, thanks for giving me a social status since I can't say I am a teacher anymore (I retired after 35 years of detention). Now, I am "Sylvie's husband" Wink Wink


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ascott72



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PostPosted: Fri Jul 26, 2013 5:18 pm    Post subject: Better way ? Reply with quote

I have lost a fin several times over the years. Never tried strapping my harness through the rear footstrap.

I have had lots of success body-dragging, though, including once at the Hatch. Essentially, you just stay in a waterstart position and keep your lower body in the water.
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isobars



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PostPosted: Fri Jul 26, 2013 6:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

And lay your legs on the deck to reduce drag, plus hooking in to relax your arms. About the only remaining challenge is staying awake.
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GuyT



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PostPosted: Fri Jul 26, 2013 9:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

oriada97215 wrote:
was it that massive tree stump that looked like a seamount?


No, it was one of those underwater ones near Oregon shore. I am usually aware of them, but the water level was pretty low that day
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joew



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PostPosted: Sat Jul 27, 2013 1:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hey Guy, I did the same thing to my sesh there last friday, the plan was to get a little breathing room from the tribe and head upwind towards swell, with a couple of long upwind fetches, I knew about the stumps way over, but the two foot drop in river level, put one alot further out than expected. I strapped harness down hard infront of rear footstrap, bar down, funky CLR but still allows a standup slogamatic return to Wa. side, all went well until 50 yds. off the beach when the harness seperated from the board, It floated by the way. I handed the harness off to US 907, and body dragged into the cove on NW side of the point, Thanks Nathan, for the help and I did find the harness later.Nothing like a slice of humble pie at the hatchery, but I was happy all it cost was a fin. I did see that totem pole size lurker standing on end in the middle and bobbing up from nowhere, like some menacing battering ram, just popped up in front of me mid swell,lotta lumber out there.
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Griffin



Joined: 22 Mar 2001
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 27, 2013 11:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I watched one day as my friend broke his fin off. I went to help him by giving him my harness to strap to his board. This made it easier for him to hang on for his slog back to shore. In the mean while I held on for a short ride in. It is much easier to go without a harness when you have a fin on your board.
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