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Old 08-01-2010, 13:25   #16
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So easy to pass judgement on people/situations from an armchair without full facts. I'm not proud to say I did the same until I had a horrific experience on a particular passage myself. Nuff said.

This man is very fortunate indeed. And my hat off to the Coast Guard. Great ending.

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Old 09-01-2010, 04:45   #17
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Here is a good video of the story:

This is the boat.

Photo from here :
Blue Springs man part of rescue on the high seas - Independence, MO - The Examiner

More video :
Local Man Recalls His Ocean Rescue - Kansas City News Story - KMBC Kansas City

Navy swimmer :
Navy swimmer talks about weekend rescue

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Old 09-01-2010, 05:06   #18
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This is the boat.

Cal 34.

A little light for a winter cruise.
"It is not so much for its beauty that the Sea makes a claim upon men's hearts, as for that subtle something, that quality of air, that emanation from the waves, that so wonderfully renews a weary spirit."
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Old 09-01-2010, 06:07   #19
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Cals are very strong boats, I've crossed the Gulf in a Cal29, she was strong and a good sailor. I'd take a 34 offshore.
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Old 10-01-2010, 15:12   #20
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why there is no lights on the life raft that was through by the Coast Guard?
it will be usefull to have lights and reflective paint ?

it is funny for me( i do not want to offence any religious person ),but from my culture back- ground ( French /Australian ),
that the news on the video link are pushing so much the "religious" "god" intervention in that event..
we do not presents news like this in France or Australia..
news reports od that sort of events are "secular' a bit like public school , not really a display of any religion .
there are no problemes , only solutions
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Old 10-01-2010, 16:05   #21
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Lucky lucky guy but I have a few questions. If he was by himself why not run down the intercoastal this time of year and play it safe. OK, a judgment call. Why wasn't he tethered to a jackline or was he down below when the boat rolled? If he lost steering and was taking on water which was mentioned in the interview then why did he still have sail up rather than no sails and a drogue in the water to keep his bow into the waves?
Lots of questions but one fact. Lucky lucky guy. As far as God is concerned...he does look after fools.
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Old 29-01-2010, 06:14   #22
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A drogue would be used off the stern to keep the stern to the waves.

The Jordan Series Drogue is a revolutionary off shore safety device invented by the late, great Donald Jordan.

Lots of info here:
Jordan Series Drogue

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Old 29-01-2010, 08:50   #23
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Maybe something from the inside caused the hole.
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Old 01-02-2010, 08:28   #24
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The Aircrewman on the H-60 who operated the hoist on this rescue is a fairly accomplished racing boat sailor. I sailed as crew with him on a Hunter 35 when we won the Navy Day regatta at NAS Jax back in 2007.

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