There were actually 5 boats between new york
. Sir peter bransons 90 footer was wrecked but returned to Bermuda
The other three were abandoned with Freefall suffering a loss of life.
We were about 300 miles offshore on Kimberlite. We saw winds gusting to 100 knots and seas to 60 feet.
We were on our Jordan series drogue
just 60 miles west of a northern flowing eddy of the Gulf Stream
when herb told us to prepare for survival conditions at 4 pm. We continues east towards the eddy at about 3 1/2 kn. Fortunately for us when Herb came on at 9am to check on us the next day, the wind
force had blown the eddy another 60 miles further east.
We spent the next 24 hours in the same conditions. the wind
then abated to 50 knots and herb advised us to head
to Bermuda as a storm was headed our way. We rolled in the drogue
after 39 hours. We sailed towards Bermuda on a 50 knot
beam reach and outran the storm so Herb said to keep going,. We actually sailed right past the spit buoy of Bermuda.
The rest of the trip to St Martin
recap, no one injured, nothing broken. However we were pooped about 20 times and one crewmember had water
up to his armpits in the center cockpit
. Incidentally it takes 40 seconds for our 4 inch scuppers to drain the cockpit
Eric Freedman -Owner
s/v Amel Kimberlite