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Launch and Recovery from boat at sea

Discussion in 'Photos and Video' started by NigelJF, Oct 9, 2014.

  1. NigelJF

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    Very difficult task to film a sailing race, no room to take-off/land on the boat itself and the boat was bobbing up and down all the time so it was a hand launch and recovery.

    YouTube 2xd1u_IVbsA

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2xd1u_IVbsA
     
  2. Noël

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    Nice job! I've also done it several times and it's fun (as long as all goes well)

    Normally I get the person who is doing the hand launch / recover to sit so he/she does not have to also balance for the waves.

    One more thing... That does not look like force 4/5 to me. It's more a force 3 ;-)

    Force 3: Gentle breeze. Large wavelets. Crests begin to break; scattered whitecaps.
    Force 4: Moderate breeze. Small waves with breaking crests. Fairly frequent whitecaps.
    Force 5: Fresh breeze. Moderate waves of some length. Many whitecaps. Small amounts of spray.
     
  3. NigelJF

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    Thanks for the tip; I wanted him to sit but I also wanted to bring in the Phantom as high as poss as I have a radar frame and aerials a few metres away at the back of the boat which were inviting contact!

    To be fair on day one it was F3 occasionally F4 but defo 4/5 on day two (guy launching/recovering in yellow) but we were in the lee of the land so there was little wave build-up. I've photographed the sea for years and it never looks like it really was if you know what I mean.