It was a nice evening for sailing on Lake Superior, until it wasn’t

According to the reaction this video is getting, there are a lot of sailing experts on social media with advice to give.

Joaquin Figueroa was on Canal Park when he spotted the sailboat and its crew in distress by the Aerial Lift Bridge on Wednesday.

Today in canal park #share

Posted by Joaquin Figueroa on Wednesday, May 16, 2018

The boat was part of the Wednesday night sailing races and winds were about 38 mph at the time, KBJR reported.

It’s not a good spot to have a bad sailing moment; there are lots of people with cameras. (language warning)

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Posted by Kevin Bocifous on Wednesday, May 16, 2018

It was a typical evening on Superior. The temperature dropped quickly and the wind storm came from nowhere, allowing little time to make safe harbor.

Another perspective of the sailboat that slammed into the Lift Bridge today after the temperature and winds shifted quickly this evening.

Posted by Dan Hanger on Wednesday, May 16, 2018

  • Barton
    • The Edmund Fitzgerald wasn’t enough?

      /Yes. I know there have been hundreds of others…

  • JonasGrumby

    Now it fits!

  • Jerry

    I think the mast snapping was the best outcome considering the situation.

  • Ed Brannon

    dropping the sail would’ve been a less expensive approach

  • Jeff

    Hard to tell from the poor video resolution but I really hope the lady hanging off the shroud as the mast snapped was wearing an inflatable pfd. If not, that bad situation would have been way worse if she had fallen off into the still very cold water.