You are right, not all judged us. I guess I was shocked to see some of the comments, and I reacted. I'm sorry. It's kind of a strange emotional roller coaster at this time, and we're only human.
There are plenty of Notices to Mariners out there, and trust me everyone is looking, AIS
is a beautiful thing. Judging from the weather
after we left, we now we wonder if she's possibly sunk even though she was a tight boat that never leaked, and had dry bilges when we left. The rudder
was fine when we left (I have no idea where that rumor is from), but I can only imagine what would happen with an unmanned helm
as the loss of steering
rumor was very false.
I said before that she was sound, but I forgot to say she was sound when we left Annapolis
: every inch replaced, repaired, inspected, and tested: 2 years of hard work and lots of money
. She took quite a battering while we were on her, but having the engine's transmission
seize (and not due to lack of oil
or any lack of maintenance) in those conditions was quite a deciding factor. At that point we could only try to control with droques.
You are right about the seas being calmer when we were rescued. When the Coast Guard was deployed they had 50' seas and 57kt winds. We knew the weather forecast
called for 25' seas by the time they arrived, 2 hours later. Judging from the forecasts it got much worse out there after we left, and I don't know if we would have survived.
Rachael, Sam, and Jeff were amazing! Along with Mark they spent 3 days sleeping in the cockpit
in their foul weather gear
, taking turns at the helm
. They had terrible sea sores from lying in sea water
all that time. They were a good, sound crew who never panicked, and never let go of the helm. I am so impressed with their sailing knowledge, experience, and integrity. They never gave up even though they were exhausted, hypothermic, and hungry.
I was below, working with weather by sat phone
calls once my Radiofax became impossible to receive. I kept the crew fed and watered, made sure the bilges were dry, secured all flying objects, and kept my daughter soothed.
Thank you for your kindness!
Also, I think I was wrong about the 118' Ketch
being destroyed. I was repeating this from someone else. I think it just suffered extensive damage from being knocked down and taking on water.