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Old 10-01-2018, 17:10   #1
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Aground at Elbow Cay

Anybody know what happened with S/V Ellipsis, a Westsail 32, that had not been heard from since Dec 26, with USCG searching, and then fetched up in Elbow Cay yesterday? I do not want to start a storm of criticism of the captain / crew, but I am seriously interested in what went wrong with the boat, bound from PR to Florida, but ended up on the beach at Elbow Cay - everybody was reported to be safe, so thank goodness for that. Having endured one horrible passage, I understand things can go wrong, but it seems they would have found a place to stop before the Abacos. Pics below.
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Re: Aground at Elbow Cay

Hope they can get it off the shore before the sand swallows it or the seas pickup. It looks like it is in good shape right now.
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Re: Aground at Elbow Cay

One of severa noticesl:
BOLO for the S/V ELLIPSIS (January 08, 2018 ) ➥ Westsail Owners Association - BOLO for the S/V ELLIPSIS

... The boat was well-outfitted and it’s crew well-seasoned. It’d survived Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico and was headed home.
But by the time they reached Elbow Cay, the boat had lost power in the engine, causing it to lose all electronics – no GPS. The crew was exhausted.
Somehow, the boat managed to get through Elbow Reef and find a sand beach, ( i.e, not rocks), to land on.
The crew walked off the boat last night about 9pm and climbed up to the nearest cottage.
Truly the stuff of nightmares for sailors.
BUT the WestSail wasn’t the only boat that had had a bad night...

More ➥ https://sailmotuiti.com/2018/01/09/bolo/
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Old 11-01-2018, 04:27   #4
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Re: Aground at Elbow Cay

Other pictures I’ve seen they had lines wrapped in the prop
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Re: Aground at Elbow Cay

They have sails, they have an anchor......they have a rudder and a windvane, Id bet at least one magnetic compass.

It is, IMHO, a colossal failure to end up on the beach! Lost and tired sure. But on a beach?!
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This happens quite often. It did appear they managed to almost lash the rudder immobile with the lines around the prop and rudder in another pic I saw.
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I've also read that they went into the pass during a rage.
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Re: Aground at Elbow Cay

I will be interested in following this story. No problems mentioned other than no power/electricity. Where there other problems that prevented the crew and boat from navigating safely? Its unfortunate for situations like these but I believe it is best to learn what is possible from the misfortune.

Glad the crew and their pet are safe.

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Interesting that all the hatches are open.
Does this mean that the boat has been stripped?
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Interesting that all the hatches are open.
Does this mean that the boat has been stripped?
Not with the solar panels still there.
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Not with the solar panels still there.
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We were not there! Speculation is after the fact. Appears to be a soft grounding. I hope they can float her.
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We're anchored outside elbow right now and will try to go see today if the rain stops. Horrible situation and I don't want to gawk, but maybe we can help?

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Not with the solar panels still there.
Or the dinghy engine on the rail.
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I think it was caused by Coleridge's Spirit "From the land of the mist and snow".
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