2005-07-22 / Community

Sailboat Stays Put After Keel Digs In

Crewmembers try to free up the keel and rudder of a 25-foot Tanzer sailboat that ran aground on the ocean side of the Rockaway Point Jetty this week. The crewmember on the left tries to pull the boat onto its port side as the crewmember on the right pushes up on the starboard side and pulls on the rudder, but the keel remains hopelessly stuck in the sand. Experienced sailors typically keep about a mile and a half of “sea room” or safe distance between their boat and the shore. Water depth at that distance is about 40 feet; the boat seen here needs a minimum of about 4 feet of water to sail properly.

The sailboat was left high and dry by the receding tide. Witnesses said the boat was towed away on Tuesday afternoon.The sailboat was left high and dry by the receding tide. Witnesses said the boat was towed away on Tuesday afternoon. Photos: Nancy Balkwill

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