Some of these really hurt, others are just sad. In this video there's footage of a poor old hull washed ashore, leading you to wonder what its story is... Then there's a yacht crashing into a flimsy pontoon: yacht 1; pontoon 0! There's capsizes, sinkings, dismastings... and more. All the things you hope won't happen to you!

 

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Of course all of these are relatively rare... sailing and boating is actually a relatively safe pastime... although the sea can be a wild beast, which no man can control, most of those who venture upon it have a healthy respect for its power.... here's wishing you a safe and incident-free year ahead!

Boat washed ashore

 

Written by: Gael Pawson
Gael Pawson is the editor of Yachts & Yachting Magazine and the founder of Creating Waves. A keen racer, she has sailed all her life, and started writing about the subject whilst studying journalism at university. Dinghies and small keelboats are her first loves, but she has cruised and raced a huge variety of boats in locations across the world.
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