Maybe my comments are harsh for C1500... I am not disappointed that they sent us out in that weather
, we knew what the forecast
meant and we went anyway. And I didn't expect any kind of support or help from them when we almost lost
our boat trying to escape the conditions. I am a little surprised that their response to our phone
call was to post us as "withdrawn", rather than letting the rest of the fleet know our condition.
Mostly my comments were posted to try to give readers a sense of what Rule
62 was up against from a boat that had been in the same predicament... and had survived.
Someone asked for more details about our condition. The wind
was not a problem. We were doing hull speed
with a 30% jib
out. The problem was the sea state. There was a swell from the NE that was about 10', which is not big, but it was short and steep... Maybe a 5 second period. And there was the wind
chop from the NW which as about the same size and period. I am guessing that the steepness was related to the shallow water
or some current
. Whatever it was it made the boat roll and jerk. All but one of use was nausious when we were below. With the boat rocking and snapping, it was hard to sleep and impossible to prepare food
. We were living off of crackers and powerbars. My daughter was throwing up anything that she ate or drank and I was worried about dehydration.
I knew the risks of Oregon
Inlet... but I knew that we might see bigger seas when we reached Diamond shoals and Cape Hatteras... And I was worried about what state we would be in when we reached that area... in the dark. As we approached the inlet we tried to raise Coast Guard or locals to let us know the condition of the inlet, and no one was listening to the radio
. It was the middle of the day, the current
, wind and waves were with us... I still think it was the right decision, given the options we had. It was the only time in my life that I have called for my crew to put on Type 1 PFDs.
I laud my crew for being tough and staying cool. I laud our boat, a 1983 Hallberg Rassy
for protecting us. I am really glad that we had been thorough in our preparations: screwing down floor boards, securing everything, and not having anything on deck
, etc. And I laud the SSCA for their support of us since we arrived. Hope this helps.
BTW, Nancy Ellen took the intra Coastal Waterway to Beaufort
(good decision) and waited for appropriate conditions to start their passage
. Wish I had been that smart...