Turns out the female on the boat works at my comapny and a guy that sits fairly close to me has talked to her this morning. All of this information is 2nd hand from a non-boatie so applogies if it's not quite correct or there's some wires crossed.
They'd been in heavy weather for about 11 days and were pretty knackered. Her and her husband had just bought the boat in QLD and were both experiened sailors. The third guy was a novice
and was pretty much incapacitated by the conditions. She's apparently pretty slight, so it was really only her husband that had been doing the heavy work to keep the boat going.
Her husband had been with the boat 10 days prior to departure and they'd done a pretty comprehensive check and preperation before departure. There were people in NZ who had plans of the intended passage
etc who've been working with CG etc over the last few days to help locate and assist them. Seems like they'd done all the right things before setting off.
In terms of sails
, the heavy weather had broken/jammed all halyards and they weren't able to get them fixed without someone free climbing the mast
. Given the condiitions they weren't keen to risk serious injury.
Plenty of deisel on board for the trip in two tanks
. First one used up and ready to switch to the 2nd when they discovered it had been contaminated. Orion offered to drop down 44 gallion drums of fuel to them, but they didn't feel they had the manpower to get them on board safely.
Tough call to make but they decided to play it safe and get off the boat with weather going to deteriorate over the next few days.