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Watch a Sailing 'Death Roll' and Be Glad You Are on Dry Land

Entertainment | Gabe Zaldivar | March 26, 2015

Watch a Sailing 'Death Roll' and Be Glad You Are on Dry Land

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Contrary to what you might think staring at an inanimate globe, traveling around the world is actually a rather eventful affair. In fact, it’s downright scary if you decide to travel by sailboat.

Mashable’s Andrew Freedman spotted the following video that illustrates something called a death roll, which is sadly not some sort of pastrami sandwich they might invent at Krispy Kreme.

It’s a maneuver that resembles what a car might look like skidding down the road on its side. From the looks of it, being a part of the crew would be just as adrenaline inducing, so we appreciate watching it unfold from the safety of our computer chair. 

Freedman explains that the MAPFRE team pulled off a "Chinese gybe," which also goes by the far more ominous moniker of the "death roll."

The maneuver comes during the Volvo Ocean Race, which is “an around-the-world sailing competition that is unlike any other,” according to Freedman.

The report continues with how involved manning one of these boats is during the exhausting trial around the world: “It involves elite, daredevil sailors who must contend with some of the roughest seas in the world. Right now, the teams are crossing the Southern Ocean between Auckland, New Zealand, and Itajai, Brazil.”

Now as for how pulling off something like this feels, Freedman quotes Liu Xue who offers, “It felt like I was on the Titanic when that happened.”

Liu Xue continued, “I kept thinking ‘no, it’s going to be bad.’ But I calmed down quickly.”

Now if you think this is something you get used to, he continued, “Hopefully it’s not going to happen that often, otherwise I’m not sure if my heart is strong enough.”

Now we all love checking off destinations and picking up stamps in the ol’ passport. But we imagine it’s usually more comfortable to do so with patience and not during a race around the world that may at some point necessitate something called a death roll.


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