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Old 17-12-2010, 05:32   #1
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BC men survive three days in dinghy after shipwreck - thestar.com
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Old 17-12-2010, 06:00   #2
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Jud Baker & John Davidson (s/v “Trinity”) found alive after 3 days stranded at sea (in dinghy) off the coast of Costa Rica.

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Coast Guard rescues Kelowna men - Kelowna News - Castanet.net
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Old 17-12-2010, 06:07   #3
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Thank goodness their yacht had the right kind of safety equipment. They would have been dead without it.
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That is crazy, glad they are alive!
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Old 17-12-2010, 06:16   #5
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Glad to hear someone else has made it...

Wonder if this is whats increasing peoples anxieties about cruising...
30 years ago one only heard local and occasionally national sinking's.. maybe one or two a year... and the rare International one if it was dramatic enough... brief interest and then it drifts to a vague memory dragged out for 'Sea Stories' once in a while... compared to other everyday statistics.. insignificant
Today with Internet you can hear about 1 or 2 nearly every day.... 0.00000000000000000000001/2% of the seagoing population in the world.. and that's a disingenious guess... but because of the frequency the news comes in at the irrational gremlins in ones brain start whispering in ones ear.. "that could be you.."
When the truth is your as safe as you've ever been.. just more informed
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Old 17-12-2010, 07:21   #6
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I wonder what make of triamaran that is.

"It happened all of a sudden. They were just cruising along, it was very choppy about a one foot chop and 12 foot waves and I guess a wave just hit them just so and ripped one of the pontoons off the ship."

And was the boat still afloat after the break? Doesn't seem like it would have sunk, unless the break tore open the main hull, too.

Thank goodness for EPIRBs. Might have ended up two skeletons in a rowboat otherwise.
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Old 17-12-2010, 07:23   #7
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Yes, glad they survived. EPIRBs are wonderful! But I had to ping the Castanet website/newspaper in Kelowna about how to tell a cat from a tri. OK, Kelowna's pretty far inland (great skiing)

The picture looks like a Jim Brown Sea-Runner to me, if that's the boat. They said the 12' seas (with a 1' chop) ripped off one ama! Seems incredible to me. But even with 1 ama missing, the boat should still stay upright (if they took down the sails). It shouldn't have sunk, & might even have been able to motor, especially if they had a tarp to cover where the wing-deck was exposed (although maybe they lost more than just the ama).

With a multi, you usually want to stay with the boat, as it usually won't sink...
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The newsies have trouble getting the details right.

This photo was captioned:
"John Davidson's 42-foot catamaran Trinity broke apart off the coast of Costa Rica last week."
The misidentification of the Trimaran "Trinity" as a catamaran, was repeated in the body of the story.
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The picture looks like a Jim Brown Sea-Runner to me, if that's the boat. They said the 12' seas (with a 1' chop) ripped off one ama! Seems incredible to me. But even with 1 ama missing, the boat should still stay upright (if they took down the sails). It shouldn't have sunk, & might even have been able to motor, especially if they had a tarp to cover where the wing-deck was exposed .
With a multi, you usually want to stay with the boat, as it usually won't sink...
Looks like the boat went down this time. Can not imagine they abandoned not - sinking boat in a dinghy without any water and food with them. Something went wrong this time - sometimes it just happen.

Most important - they are alive, so we all can be happy with the final outcome. All the best for them
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Looks like the boat went down this time. Can not imagine they abandoned not - sinking boat in a dinghy without any water and food with them. Something went wrong this time - sometimes it just happen.

Most important - they are alive, so we all can be happy with the final outcome. All the best for them
With all of the talk about "ditch bags" in books & on these & other forums, you'd think that they would have been prepared for such an event. Perhaps, it happened quickly, though they should still have had essentials. I suppose they could have lost such supplies when their dinghy overturned. It would be interesting to know the details.
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The West coast of Costa Rica can get really rough in Papagayo season. The wind blows offshore at 30-45 knots and the seas build very rapidly. The best way to get down the coast is with one foot on the beach or stay over 200 miles offshore. When we were there in 1992 a catamaran broke up offshore and had to be abandoned--they were able to get to her and take the crew off in a big sportfisherman but it was a very rough trip back.
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I wonder if seeing land gave them the impression that they would be alright to jump in the boat and row rather then take the time to be sure they had some provisions? They did grab the epirb though ...

50 miles is a long way to row in a calm sea never mind a rough sea.
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Costa Rica trip

Boats and even dreams can be replaced. I'm glad they survived. I'm planning to learn to sail a trimaran on the Pacific coast of Costa Rica. In fact I have scheduled a short crewed charter to Isla del Cano and Drake Bay in late January on a Kantola 44 trimaran to get started. I'm really looking forward to it. Err, about this Papagayo season...does it extend through February?
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