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Old 17-11-2008, 10:12   #1
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Unhappy S/V 'Panache' Crew Abandons Ship

Taken from a post on Sailing Anarchy:

Sunday 16th November 12:38 pm Bermuda Maritime Operations Centre received a call from the U.S. Coast Guard Atlantic Area Command Centre advising the 48 foot S/V PANACHE was in distress and requesting evacuation of the crew. The PANACHE was about 180 miles west-northwest of Bermuda and suffered mechanical rigging problems encountering severe weather conditions with 5 persons onboard, including a 4 year old child. The U.S. Coast Guard elected to evacuate the crew using a Helicopter which completed the winch operation at 5:50 pm and landed safely at Bermuda at 7:00 pm. The crew of PANACHE required no hospital treatment and were resting after their evacuation and safe arrival at Bermuda.

This boat was posting for crew out of Annapolis in this forum.
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This boat was posting for crew out of Annapolis in this forum.
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These were our live aboard dock neighbors and my son's playmate for the last 2 years. It's a tragic story but with the happy ending that they are all safe. They were full time live aboards trying to start a new life down south and now have lost everything they had, leaving with the clothes on their back.
We (neighbors and those who know them) are trying to coordinate helping them out with clothes and some small items for the little girl. They are trying first and foremost to see if recovering their boat is possible. Then they were take a long rest with family back in the midwest.
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6 from Annapolis sailboat rescued near Bermuda - Top Stories - (HometownAnnapolis.com)

Here is an article in the Annapolis paper today. This all transpired last night.
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"as it sailed through the 600-mile channel between North Carolina and Bermuda"

Well....no wonder! That's quite a "channel" :-)

Sure hope someone finds the boat and returns it to this unfortunate couple. Glad they're safe.

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These were our live aboard dock neighbors and my son's playmate for the last 2 years. It's a tragic story but with the happy ending that they are all safe. They were full time live aboards trying to start a new life down south and now have lost everything they had, leaving with the clothes on their back.
We (neighbors and those who know them) are trying to coordinate helping them out with clothes and some small items for the little girl. They are trying first and foremost to see if recovering their boat is possible. Then they were take a long rest with family back in the midwest.
Our thoughts and sympathies are with the Olden family, and crew.

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Did you get a chance to meet (crew) Rachael Slattery, Samuel Stanton, Jeffrey White, before they departed.?
I wonder if they made contact with the Oldens (Mark, Shannon & MacKenzie) through the CF? The first names don’t jibe with any of the relies to the Fire Cracker’s “Crew Needed ...” post.
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Our thoughts and sympathies are with the Olden family, and crew.

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Did you get a chance to meet (crew) Rachael Slattery, Samuel Stanton, Jeffrey White, before they departed.?
I wonder if they made contact with the Oldens (Mark, Shannon & MacKenzie) through the CF? The first names don’t jibe with any of the relies to the Fire Cracker’s “Crew Needed ...” post.

One of them (I forget which one) was a friend of their from England. They other two were a couple they found via some crew finding service possibly online. I can't say whether it was from here or not. I did meet all of them the night before they left when we brought a bon voyage gift for the little girl from my son.

(by the way this is Schooner-dog's wife on this thread so far, pirating his account again).

We were in the loop last night as it was happening b/c another marina neighbor was on the sat phone with them off and on all night helping to coordinate the rescue. The locals in Bermuda and the US consulate in Bermuda have been very generous and are providing them with the immediate needs like clothes and a place to stay while they try to find their boat.
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Those are two seriously cute kids, pictured (Zack & MacKenzie) on your Blog!
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Those are two seriously cute kids, pictured (Zack & MacKenzie) on your Blog!
Thanks Gord!

UPDATE: Less than 24 hours since the rescue and it's already on YouTube.

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S/V Panache

Thank God they're safe!
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Were the Oldens experienced bluewater sailors?
If the boat lost her rudder it makes you wonder about her seaworthiness. Any ideas about where to have a pre-sailing survey done in the Annapolis area?
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The boat was a very sound Bavaria 47 that he had been working on for 2 years. They had just had it out of the water for 3 weeks prior to leaving working on her undersides. He is an experienced bluewater sailor as were at least one of the additional crew they had along. I think the couple has some good experience under their belts as well.

We can all speculate from the comfort of our slips. Stuff happens.
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According to the Annapolis Newspaper:

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The vessel never rolled, but the situation became dangerous enough at about 11:30 a.m. to compel the passengers to call the Coast Guard via satellite phone.
Given the foregoing, I am wondering whether this was another case of inexperienced crewmembers over-reacting and yelling for help over the objections of the yacht's master, or without his knowledge--and him then feeling he had no alternatives--particularly with his wife and child--once the Coast Guard had arrived on sean.

Undoubtedly there will be more to the story and I do hope we will learn what happened--and that the owner succeeds in recovering the yacht, which I suspect is bobbing around only slightly worse for wear.

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The four year old being on board makes a lot of decisions automatic. If the child was in any real danger, the boat and possessions don't even facter in. In the video it did not appear that the boat was in any danger to me, but that 4 year old smile changes the bail out equation completely.
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