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Old 21-05-2013, 17:51   #16
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Re: Rescue Needed

Hey Guys,

Some updates and some good news.
An airplane from the French government has taken off today in order to resume the search for Grain de Soleil and its three sailors.

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Old 22-05-2013, 06:30   #17
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Re: Rescue Needed

Very glad to hear they keep on searching. We have seen the info about a boat spotted via the satellite - perhaps it is one of the missing ones.

THX for all the updates, PLS let us know when any new information transpires.

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Old 24-05-2013, 17:57   #18
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Hey guys,

An important message from the team of Grain de Soleil!
I surely hope they going to fine them soon!

"Today we received a phone call from MRCC Gris-Nez (France) at 17H00 UTC. They put us in a conference call with a sailor who just arrived in Azores leaving Guadeloupe (West Indies) few weeks ago. During the night of May 19th to 20th at 0H00 UTC this sailor was changing his shift and saw a white flash light on the starboard of his sailboat. He asked for confirmation to his mate, who confirmed seeing this white flash light as well. Their position at that moment was : 3610N 4011W
When they arrived today at the harbour Master Office they saw the add concerning our missing sailboat Grain de Soleil and realized they might have passed by on the night they saw the white flash light.
This is when they called the MRCC Gris-Nez which immediatly put us in contact with them.
As for now the MRCC Gris-Nez sent the information to the MRCC Ponta Delgada (Portugal) and the MRCC Norfolk (USA).
For any information you may have, please contact :
... RCC Norfolk : +1 757398- 6231
MRCC Ponta Delgada : +351 296 281 777
CROSS Gris Nez : +33 321 87 78 44"
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Old 24-05-2013, 19:49   #19
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Jeez! Why didn't they go investigate the flash?
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Old 25-05-2013, 07:44   #20
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Jeez! Why didn't they go investigate the flash?
I am not sure going off your course to investigate things is what one does much when ocean sailing, unless you suspect something is going on.

An ocean sailing boat is not like a power boat - you are all set up on your course and just keep on going.

A flash light can be anything - e.g. someone in a small sailing boat or a sailing boat that is low on electrical juice, etc.

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Old 25-05-2013, 09:03   #21
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You've got to be kidding me. After a few monotonous days at sea we would alter course to investigate a wayward piece of Styrofoam.
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And your kidding. No way I'm chasing a flash of light. Unless I know there is a vessel in distress. Unless its a flare. It could be 30 miles off. What am looing for a nav light. I would watch that area but probably no divert.
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Re: Rescue Needed

I agree, diverting for every thing thats odd at sea would double a passage length.

I wonder what the torch flashing was like? Most know SOS is morse, was it something like that? Then i would have investigated, but otherwise it sounds like a sailing boat looking into the sails at night. Something most of us do a few times per hour.

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I agree, diverting for every thing thats odd at sea would double a passage length.

I wonder what the torch flashing was like? Most know SOS is morse, was it something like that? Then i would have investigated, but otherwise it sounds like a sailing boat looking into the sails at night. Something most of us do a few times per hour.

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I agree, a white light doesn't tell you much--a red flare, different. Divert for the red flare.

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Re: Rescue Needed

If it was just a brief glimpse of a light it could have been anything--such as the mast head light of a vessel that came briefly into view as that vessel or yours rose just enough on a swell to extend the horizon enough to bring it into sight.

Unless one specifically knew there was a search for a missing boat or shipwrecked crew, there would be little real incentive for altering course at night to investigate, particularly if one did not know the range and probably had only a very approximate bearing.
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Well, I guess you are all correct. I read flashlight and was thinking of something low and close, but in all likelihood it was not. The thought of salvation being so close but so far got to me. At least the passing boat noted its position and reported it.
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Old 25-05-2013, 17:05   #27
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Hey Guys,

The boat that saw the light was not aware of the situation of Grain de Soleil, so I will assume that they did not feel the need to investigate the light thy saw.

Some updates.
There are four sailboats on the new search zone and two more should be getting there soon as well. The zone is still 5600 square kilometers.

Does anyone have any news of the boat Lady Domina?

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