Capsize of the racing yacht Nexba – XS Sailing

It was over a year ago when Farr X2 hull #1, which was the newest project by Farr Yacht Design to serve the short-handed market, capsized offshore when its keel attachment failed off southeastern Australia. After 14 hours of clinging to the upturned hull of Nexba, the two crew were safely rescued.

Keel failures had become a disturbing trend, so much so that World Sailing had enacted new regulations requiring inspections. Following the incident, the yacht’s home club – Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club – formed a Review Working Party to investigate and provide an account of the circumstances relating to the capsize of the yacht and the sailors’ survival.

“There are findings in this report that will have an impact on safety in sailing and may indeed save a life one day,” said Australian Sailing President, Alistair Murray AM.

The 33-page report is now publicly available, and while it did not investigate the potential cause(s) of the keel loss, it does detail how a seemingly well-prepared boat with an experienced crew can incur a life-threatening accident. To read the report, click here.

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