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Old 02-12-2009, 20:13   #1
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Sailboat Sinks in Colombian Waters After Hitting Log (or Something)

Last Friday November 7 a sailboat sunk on the way from Panama to Cartagena.
The crew was rescued by 6 sailboats going the opposite direction. Rescue was made in high seas. Is there any other details someone can provide. I understand it took about 3 hours to sink and they were in their raft and saved their dinghy also. Details for Noonsite and this group would be appreciated.
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Hitting logs is a real problem, but they frequently don't sink the yacht unless they hit them just right.

After the global tsunami in the Indian Ocean, there were huge logs all over the place. I was amazed at people sailing on through the night with the big logs all around. On the morning radio net, I remember a steel boat telling how he sailed right over a log when he hit it. It destroyed his self-steering vane.

Hitting a log and sinking is extremely bad luck.

This is the worst log I have seen when sailing offshore.

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Boat name was Kersti. Noonsite has a good article on this already. Spoke to Glide today and the folks from Kersti gave no indication of cause only that boat filled with water faster than it could be contained. The boats that rescued them were also on their way from "San Blas" to Colombia so the "opposite direction" snippet is incorrect. Of course the best news was that the crew were safe. We had only just anchored in Cholon when the 'flotilla' from San Blas came in. The crew from Kersti were already being well looked after by the folks that rescued them and the 'locals' in the bay. Another very good example of the cruising community rallying around to assist those in difficulty.
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This is the worst log I have seen when sailing offshore.
That's some photoshop job. It looks to be a modified human arm when blown up.

BTW There was no mention of a log in the Moonsite article---
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It was very rough that night, with seas of 8-10 feet or more, and he could have hit something without knowing it.
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That's some photoshop job. It looks to be a modified human arm when blown up.

BTW There was no mention of a log in the Moonsite article---

Actually, could be a log. A resort I go to in Cuba has a bunch of trees on the beach that have been carved into fantastic shapes, including large lizards. I could see a hurricane ripping them up and out to sea.

It probably IS photo-shopped, but still....

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Hitting logs is a real problem, but they frequently don't sink the yacht unless they hit them just right.

After the global tsunami in the Indian Ocean, there were huge logs all over the place. I was amazed at people sailing on through the night with the big logs all around. On the morning radio net, I remember a steel boat telling how he sailed right over a log when he hit it. It destroyed his self-steering vane.

Hitting a log and sinking is extremely bad luck.

This is the worst log I have seen when sailing offshore.

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