Capsize on Pepin

Just got done reading an article in the Red Wing Republican Eagle (local paper) sadly I don't have an online link for it. An older couple went for a sail on Lake Pepin and got hit with a gust of wind that capsized their boat. The article said they were in the water for 3 hours before the got help. The boat was a 12 ft sailboat that the guy had out 6 or7 times, His wife couldn't swim and it was her first time out. They were admitting to being inexperienced sailors. The article went on to say how unsafe the lake is and they were 4 miles from shore, and 6 foot waves..... Of course Lake Pepin is NOT that wide Maybe 2 miles wide at the max. I have never seen 6 foot waves except from a passing barge and then it was more like 4 ft. Anyone with any sailing knowlege can see that they were in way over their heads, no training, unaware of weather conditions, etc. Luckily they both got picked up and are OK. Now the wife thinks that if I go out on Pepin, I will surely meet my watery death. Talk about a big step backwards. Now I have to convince her that while it can not be considered 100% safe, with the proper precautions, and knowlege, it is no worse than any other sport, and better than most. Another case of making the story sensational enough to sell papers irregardless of the true facts. That's just wrong. FS 1385

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quote:[i]Originally posted by Corsa[/i] [br]Just got done readi

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[i]Originally posted by Corsa[/i] [br]Just got done reading an article in the Red Wing Republican Eagle (local paper) sadly I don't have an online link for it. An older couple went for a sail on Lake Pepin and got hit with a gust of wind that capsized their boat. The article said they were in the water for 3 hours before the got help. The boat was a 12 ft sailboat that the guy had out 6 or7 times, His wife couldn't swim and it was her first time out. They were admitting to being inexperienced sailors. The article went on to say how unsafe the lake is and they were 4 miles from shore, and 6 foot waves..... Of course Lake Pepin is NOT that wide Maybe 2 miles wide at the max. I have never seen 6 foot waves except from a passing barge and then it was more like 4 ft. Anyone with any sailing knowlege can see that they were in way over their heads, no training, unaware of weather conditions, etc. Luckily they both got picked up and are OK. Now the wife thinks that if I go out on Pepin, I will surely meet my watery death. Talk about a big step backwards. Now I have to convince her that while it can not be considered 100% safe, with the proper precautions, and knowlege, it is no worse than any other sport, and better than most. Another case of making the story sensational enough to sell papers irregardless of the true facts. That's just wrong. FS 1385
You should write a letter to the editor of this paper. I used to be a sports editor for a local paper ... those letters to the editor are read by everyone on staff and do influence the reporters.

It is amazing how many readers get upset and whacked out about a

It is amazing how many readers get upset and whacked out about a story like the "novice couple capisize" story when, in fact, there are many people killed driving to and from work and/or just minding their own business. Newspapers amplify shark bite stories and lightning strikes and killer bees and boating mishaps because these stories do sell papers. They also so because these stories are different than the daily homicides in the same neighborhoods day after day after ....day. Just GO SAILING .... the odds of your surviving and enjoying the day are much more with you than against you !