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Old 13-12-2008, 15:27   #16
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Haven't heard anything further about the boat; but I have a strong feeling it's out there floating around just fine, so long as the mast was cut free after breaking.

Trying to patch in this raw video of the helicopter rescue, but can't figure that out...

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Old 13-12-2008, 16:48   #17
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This might be the raw video. Not quite sure.

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Old 14-12-2008, 08:02   #18
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Captfolly...you are right about the build date. Sorry for the mis-info...I read the CG documentation site one boat down!
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Has anyone heard any more about her? Wondering if she is still afloat and was it structual failure or just too much rag for conditions? I would suspect the latter, if in fact she was dismasted.
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Old 14-12-2008, 16:26   #20
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...talked briefly with one of the owner/builders today and the boat was NOT dismasted...concern about crew hypothermia under worsening conditions necessitated getting the crew safely off the boat...an effort to find and recover the boat will be underway when conditions improve offshore...

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It must be a painful thing to abandon a $900K boat because of being ill-prepared for inclimate weather. As a physician with knowledge of such things there is no worse feeling than that of feeling impending hypothermia. It's a frightening experience, not unlike the feeling of anoxia. Right up until you cannot move.
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Old 14-12-2008, 17:17   #22
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Hypothermia when you're in a boat and not in the water? It's December in the northern hemisphere. What's going on here? Didn't they have any woollies?
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Leave it alone. It's easy to second-guess things from ashore.

*I'm* annoyed that I couldn't find better information about the situation. Thanks for getting the strait info for us, CaptFolly.
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I'm not second guessing. Just wondering how they got hypothermia as reported. I sail on Lake Ontario when the water temperature is in the low thirties and hypothermia is always in the back of your mind.
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She has been spotted 130 miles offshore. She is still afloat and from the air seems to be sitting normal in the water. They won't start pulling her in until Wed. because of the weather.
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It will be helpful to read a first hand account of why they abandoned the catamaran. Were there structural failures? Any drogues or sea anchors on board? What types of measures did they take to deal with the storm?

There's lots to be learned when a catamaran this large has problems. If I had not sailed around the world on my own catamaran, a story like this would freak me out.
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Old 15-12-2008, 05:49   #27
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Here's the surface analysis for 0700 EST on 12 December. Prior to this time, four low pressure areas were lined up, one after the other, along the front as it moved off the coast. As bad as this picture looks, it was very likely even worse on a local scale if they were in, or SE of the Gulf Stream. They had a very rough night before calling for help. Link to the NOAA surface analysis: Animation
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Looks like they got caught between the backside of that high and the front of the low moving offshore. Boy, that whole area off of Hatteras is just busy right now. 980 +- lows to 1032 +- highs cruising through--whacky!

On an unrelated note, the conversation about the hypothermia got me thinking about how much I love my foulies. If anybody wants a great deal on foulies and can wear odd sizes (Like XXL or XS), go to Gillna (Gill North America) website and check out the web specials. They're kicking out the old line and have some great pricing. I bought my wife a Gill Key West jacket (Men's XS) for $89. They're normally around $250, and are good gear.
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Second guessing is always easy. Sounds like poor planing, at best. Been there done that. Unfortunate but thank the CG and God the crew is safe.
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I googled the boat, and found nothing new. Anybody have any information how she is doing?
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