Westsail 32 Blue Mist- in the news.

  • January 10, 2014 13:34
    Message # 1472449
    Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Wish it was better news.  Article by BERT ETLING.

    Images by Jackie Petro taken in Monterey Harbor before the event above.  

    Last modified: January 10, 2014 14:43 | Anonymous member (Administrator)
  • January 12, 2014 10:19
    Reply # 1473231 on 1472449
    Deleted user
    Bad Juju.
  • January 13, 2014 06:03
    Reply # 1473711 on 1472449

    Well, 'tis a shame to see a Westsail on the rocks.  However, it could be worse, and I'm glad the owner was not harmed in the incident.  This really burnishes the Westsail as a strong and sturdy vessel, even if they run afoul.



  • January 13, 2014 10:05
    Reply # 1473925 on 1472449

    Ouch! That is unfortunate.

    Having met some of you and checked out the boats at the West Coast rendezvous, I'm starting to look at candidates to purchase. It is odd to see one of the boats on the market land on the rocks. Thank goodness the skipper was OK and hope they succeed refloating her.

    Years ago, a friend was part of the port crew for a trans-pac boat that he needed to move from San Diego to Newport and asked a group of us if we wanted to go along. We left around midnight and motored North with no wind on a dark night. I was up in the cockpit at who knows what hour and pointed out a light that was off the port bow to my friend who immediately turned hard to port 'till the light was on the starboard beam (as I dimly recall) and kept it there. Looking back, having the depth sounder on might have been a good idea! If we didn't whack the breakwater we would have been on the beach!



  • January 13, 2014 14:43
    Reply # 1474172 on 1472449
    Deleted user
    How could it "burnish"?
    You and Chris bugger have been hard at work defending the westsail on another forum.
    When plastic meets rock and the plastic gets slammed up and down on it by wave action the rock will win.
    It's perfectly okay that this boat sustained damages.
  • January 13, 2014 14:57
    Reply # 1474184 on 1472449


    I meant it in a positive way.  A "gutchy-carbon-fiber French racing yacht" hits the rocks and bursts into a gbillion pieces... conversely, a Westsail 32 ends up on the rocks and merely gets a hole put in it and mast brought down.  Yeah, rock will win (undeniably), but the "burnishing" is that the Westail can/will be repaired, refloated, and rebirthed to sail once again (think of Satori too).  I doubt the new cutting-edge French yacht will sail again.

    I love my WS32, and will defend its reputation vehemently.  Mine is another case where even sinking cannot stop her from ever sailing again :)


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  • January 13, 2014 16:06
    Reply # 1474239 on 1472449
    Deleted user
    "I love my westsail", you say.
    She is an amazing boat but don't forget what they say that "love is blind".
    When we blindly brag about the Westsails build quality others with less competence flock towards buying one and head out to the seas.

    Btw, I was aware of your boats sinking the day after she hit bottom at the dock.
    My friends Hunter 27 sank and he is sailing today to far away places.

    I'm just saying that there's so much "blind" bragging about the westsail that it nerves other owners and it is alienating the sailing community.

    I dont hear the Tayana group or being so "in your face" online as I have seen some westsail enthusiasts.
    Why?   It isn't necessary.

    Last modified: January 13, 2014 16:29 | Deleted user
  • January 13, 2014 20:59
    Reply # 1474403 on 1472449
    Tyler & Carl

    Just to add my 2 cents;   It appears that it was a navigation issue, not a boat issue.

    One thing I do (well suppose to do) is plot my position on the chart from the GPS or from that funny looking thing, every so often (on the hour). This can save you, when there is a question as to which point you are coming to.  One other saying which I have used more than once (When in doubt stay out)  as the night can hide so very much even if you know where you are.

    I also think what Carl tried to say, is over confidence (to stout to fail) is a very bad place to be from!
    The ocean can kick your a&& if you don't respect it, plan for it and keep track of it.  from my research in 2002 about 1% of the folks out sailing don't come back i.e it is not as safe as I would like and indeed my stout westsail could sink in the right conditions.  I assume most of the boats that sank were caught off guard, or were tired and made a mistake, or were not watching, or had to many things go wrong, or made to many mistakes, or etc. etc.  

    And yes I feel Lucky, I have a nice boat (W32) and She has taken me far afield but, I have done my best to predict what is ahead and weather I could make it through, and I have spent much in prep her to go even farther, but just blind trust in her, without being watchful of her, her systems, and the the sea around will most likely not get me to where I want to go.

    I do hope the salvage and work goes easy for the Blue Mist

    And Jay; thanks for posting the links and video.

    ps it is indeed nice to be lucky and it is also very sad to see others who have not.

    Last modified: January 13, 2014 21:15 | Anonymous member
  • January 30, 2014 17:09
    Reply # 1487117 on 1472449
    The word I heard recently is that Blue Mist washed up further on the rocks at a high tide, and a crane was able to get down a dirt road to pick her up.  Unfortunately, I heard that the hole n her side was refrigerator sized, and that she was taken to a scrapyard to be either crushed or buried. 

    So sad to lose one of these fine boats.
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