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Old 10-06-2009, 14:17   #1
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'Missing' Novice Cruisers Located

Anyone else has been following the story about the 21 and 18 year old guys who bought an old Coronado 27 and went out to sail it from Catalina Island to Santa Cruz, CA, without any sailing experience?

They promised to call every day, and when that didn't happen on Monday, one of the mothers alerted the Coast Guard. Their C-130 found them later that day. The Coasties escorted them to Port San Luis and cited them for not having PFDs, flares and a horn on board. Their educational literature consisted apparantly of a copy of Sailing for Dummies.

Sweet.

My apologies if there already is a thread about this, I couldn't find one.
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The story is available in today's 'Lectronic Latitude, along with a link to the original story on the boys going missing in Monday's 'LectLat. Here's a link:
Latitude 38 - The West's Premier Sailing & Marine Magazine Scroll down to "Young Sailors Found Off Pismo Beach."

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Good news is always welcome!
This is [good news].
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So, did the boys actually NEED help or was the rescue (escort) spured by mom?
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Hard to say, bmanley [love that handle ]. The search was definitely instigated by a call to the Coasties from concerned parents. Whether or not the boys were in any serious danger is unknown - they may have been in great danger without ever realizing it, given how ill-prepared they were for the voyage.

It has definitely been a learning experience for them: They created fear in their loved ones; they got busted for a number of violations by the Coasties; they have managed to get as far as Pismo Beach from Catalina; they have a really bitchin' story to tell their friends - and it only cost a little over $2000!

When you're their ages, this has been an excellent adventure, for sure!

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Yeah, it was mommy. Though from the sounds of it she had a reason to be worried.

This West coast spawns quite a few poorly tought out adventures. At least in SoCal the weather is usually so benign on the beach and the sea is often like a lake out to the Channel Islands novices often don't have clue.
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Yes to all of the above, but did they learn how to sail?
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Very easy to explain
At their age your balls are bigger than your brain as you get a little older your balls reduce in size and your brain increases just a little.
I did some pretty dumb things at that age but I would do it all again if I had the chance.
Good to see all turned out ok
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when exactually does the brain start to get bigger? I am 51 will it happen soon?
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Well I'm 56 and mine seems to be shrinking.
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when exactually does the brain start to get bigger? I am 51 will it happen soon?
Hopefully, Steve meant that one's wisdom increases - if your brain starts to grow inside the limited space of your skull, you will quickly learn why you just want to die if you contract encephalitis. BTDT!

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They made it around Point Conception, that is impressive. That's not always easy to do. Too bad they got rescued when they didn't actually need it. They should have needed help but they didn't.

44 here and experiencing double shrinkage.
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Oh, my.....

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Well I'm 56 and mine seems to be shrinking.
Seems the question has been answered for many of us! Now, where did I put my car keys and.... what was I going to do here at the desk?
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Here is a link to my favorite musician ,Tom Rush.
Been going to his concerts for 30 years or more ..This is a hoot aand really applies here :



Strikes home just a little too well !
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What was the name of that musician ???

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Here is a link to my favorite musician ,Tom Rush.
Been going to his concerts for 30 years or more ..This is a hoot aand really applies here :



Strikes home just a little too well !
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Well done. I'm going to forward that link to a couple of people.

I don't always know where my reading glasses are, so I keep one set just about everywhere. On the desk, in the kitchen, a pair that I carry with me, two sets on the boat. A lady I once told that to then told me that she has a bowl on her coffee table with all the various strengths of reading glasses so when people come over to visit and they nearly always forget their reading glasses, she just instructs them to dig in and find a set that works
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