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Old 12-03-2010, 15:34   #1
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SS Columbia 13m steel sloop left Ecuador destination Chile eta 27/2 port Coquimbo.No sighting since eathqake and tsunami.Skipper Boguslaw' Bob' Norwid and 5 crew missing.British flagged with the words "Discovery sailing academy" starboard side.
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Thanks for your report. I hope things turn out okay.

Is there a website where we can get more details?
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Yacht “Columbia” (46-foot steel-hulled sloop) Missing (again):

Lost at sea: Aussie sailor missing after tsunami

Young trainee sailor lost in the sea - International Business Times
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Maybe okay

Australian radio news this morning of a sighting near the Galapagos Islands of the missing vessel anyone else heard anything.
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Two Months Late

This Story is Bizarre.

Sail-World.com : Seven sailors, missing two months, sail into Coquimbo, Chile
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Bizarre and highly suspicious...two months overdue and the captain refuses the allow students crewing to use radio? Unless I am misunderstanding the situation I think something is gonna hit the fan over this, searching for a vessel during the aftermath of a horrible earthquake, those resources could of gone to helping the survivors.
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Amusing, especially given the skipper's history of late arrivals.

I realize that it's better not to have adhere to a schedule when making passages, but this guy's approach might be a bit too casual, even by cruiser standards.
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Something very strange about this.
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The Polish-French national Norwid routinely arrives 20 to 30 days late at his destination.

In 2002, the same SS Columbia, with the same captain, disappeared for 13 days on its way from Vancouver to Mexico before it finally arrived in Manzanillo.

By then, the U.S., Canadian and Mexican coast guards, as well as sailors up and down the Pacific coast, were looking for waitress Eva Petkovic and the rest of the crew. Upon their return, they explained that they had had to sit out a storm and wait in the middle of the Pacific Ocean for favorable winds”


This is from that article posted above and my first impression is…so what?

I think in this day of instant communications (and expectations) we forget the old ways of patiently waiting for the right conditions and not worrying about when you arrive, because you gave someone a time frame.

It is a good lesson for new sailors, but obviously there is a disconnect between that philosophy and the expectations of the families waiting ashore.

Better communications definitely needed, but I see nothing wrong in his philosophy
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I think this being a sailing school vessel, communications is a must. And the authorities would sure appreciate the vessel give a thumbs up when they become over due, they have better things to do. If the capt doesn't want to give a "all is well report" when over due then don't take students offshore and don't give a due date. It would be different if his communications went down but this seems to be about some principle..I guess, very bizarre.
My parents sailed around the world, I am well versed in waiting out big crossings. The longest my parents were over due was about 9-14 days, no fun waiting. This isn't a week over due it is two months, If my niece was on that ship I would take that capt and snatch him bald headed, not cool.
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While Mr Norwid, 49, was a "competent" sailor and the Columbia was "safe and seaworthy", he also had a "military style" and was "mocking people" who wanted to call home every time a storm hit to say they were fine, she said.
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Youse pay your money youse takes your chances.

paid about $3500 for the 40-day sailing course. so they got their moneys worth!


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'Lost' yacht reappears after 44 days at sea - Chile

A yacht feared lost at sea after the 8.8-magnitude Chile earthquake has finally arrived in a Chilean port, more than a month after it was scheduled to dock.

The 46-foot sloop, SS Columbia, and its five crew members were expected to arrive at the port of Coquimbo on February 27, the day that the earthquake struck. When it failed to arrive or to make radio contact fears grew for the safety of the boat and its crew, three of whom were on a skippers' training course.

On Sunday the Columbia and her exhausted crew sailed into the port, 35 days late, after spending days becalmed in the Pacific Ocean, thousands of miles from their destination and completely unaware of the earthquake or the tsunami that followed.

Now questions are being asked about the behaviour of the boat's skipper, Polish-born French citizen Boguslaw Norwid, who, his crew allege, would not let them use a radio to contact their families to tell them that they were safe.

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'Lost' yacht reappears after 44 days at sea - Times Online
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French citizen....I rest my case
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Missing sailors safe - boat captain under questioning

Being a happy ending, I found the story to be really funny, so I thought I'd share it.

Montreal woman feared lost at sea suddenly found - CTV News
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