The story of the loss of Wolfhound in February, motivates me to relate an event which took place late May/ early June 2012.
I recieved an E-mail, via 2 other intermediaries, to ask my assistance in helping a Bowman 40 get into Bermuda
The E-mail was from a 50 year old friendship here in BDA, he having met the couple in a marina in Florida
couple on board, who had cruised the boat continuously for 11 years on our side of the Atlantic and Caribbean
, had been caught in a severe storm 400 miles west of BDA. Under torn main and staysail they were limping to windward toward BDA. I was able to obtain their sailmail ID, and told them I would help. As they had never been to BDA, and had intended to go over to top, direcly back to UK, they had no charts
With a number of exchanges of position and speed, we were able to determine that they should spot Gibbs Hill light at about 0230 at approx 30 miles I advised them to keep the light well to port, which would bring them down the south side of BDA, as the north side is treacherous, with reefs
out 9 miles.
In the meantime, I had spoken to an operator friend at Bda Harbour Radio
, who co-incidentally was coming on for the night watch, and given him the story, name of boat and crew, and my instructions to stay south.
He said he would watch for them on Radar
and see them in.
G & G had taken quite a beating, and told me later that they had never been more relieved than to hear that Cornish accent come over the radio
, and ask if this blip was K******, with G&G aboard.
He regurlarly checked in with them, and saw them to the East end by daylight and safely into St Georges.
G & G stayed a while, fixed the damage, we enjoyed some good times, and became great friends.
While this account contains a lot of " I DID ", I cannot emphasize strongly enough, how we islanders respect the co operation of our Harbour Radio, and the USCG, for our safety
What made me think of this was that he also worked the Wolfhound incident.