Regarding Boat Flotation

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Marc Messing

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Mar 14, 2022, 12:19:08 PMMar 14
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A recent post on reddit rowing (13 March, "Underneath the pretty picture...") showed half of an eight being carried away from the dock after a collision in The Netherlands. My question is this: how robust are flotation standards in terms of supporting crews when crashes damage the hulls?

carl

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Mar 14, 2022, 2:16:27 PMMar 14
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On 14/03/2022 16:19, Marc Messing wrote:
> A recent post on reddit rowing (13 March, "Underneath the pretty picture...") showed half of an eight being carried away from the dock after a collision in The Netherlands. My question is this: how robust are flotation standards in terms of supporting crews when crashes damage the hulls?
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Marc -
There are no crash-test standards for racing shells, However, if it was
built with full buoyancy/flotation then, even if cut in half, there
should be something to support swimmers, but the crew might well have
been thrown from the boat.

After such an impact the first concern will be for the safety & rescue
of anyone injured in that process. That could be tricky.

Do we know how this boat to which you refer came to be broken?

Carl

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Andy McKenzie

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Mar 16, 2022, 6:43:46 AMMar 16
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I had a look at the Reddit pages, - it's not totally clear but sounds like an accident during marshalling or warm up at the Heineken Roeivierkamp in the Netherlands. There is a linked picture on Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/p/CbF3jNkAbNu/?hl=en) that shows some fairly catastrophic damage. I can't quite get my head round the picture, but it looks as if the stern of the boat was torn off in front of the coxes seat. Seems very fortunate that there weren't serious injuries.

Andy

carl

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Mar 16, 2022, 8:26:29 AMMar 16
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Although that photo seems to show a very mashed-up bow? I trust that no
one was hurt?

Cheers -

Andy McKenzie

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Mar 16, 2022, 12:09:38 PMMar 16
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It does say some people were taken to hospital for check ups, but not hurt. And bows is more sensible, i just wasn't interpreting the photo sensibly. (Memo to self - go to specsavers)

Andy

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Mar 17, 2022, 10:21:45 AMMar 17
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On Wednesday, 16 March 2022 at 16:09:38 UTC, Andy McKenzie wrote:
> It does say some people were taken to hospital for check ups, but not hurt. And bows is more sensible, i just wasn't interpreting the photo sensibly. (Memo to self - go to specsavers)
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> Andy

Looks like a wing rigger ripped through the boat from the bow to the bow seat bulkhead, separating the bow canvas from the boat.
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