Originally Posted by roverhi
What were the circumstances of the abandonment of the boat?? Looks like about as benign conditions as you'll find out there and the boat looks okay. Was the sailboat ever seen again??
Here is a written account found on the Internet
"Statendam Rescues Sailors: It’s been an eventful month for Holland
America’s Statendam which at present is sailing San Diego-to-Hawaii itineraries. On top of a passenger overboard
(never found), anti-cruise demonstrators waiting on the dock
at Molokai to protest the “big ship’s” arrival, and the rough seas that prevented the ship from arriving there the first time -- Statendam recently rescued three men
off a 45-foot yacht, who’d called in a distress
signal to the U.S. Coast Guard.
"Upon receiving the request, Statendam motored directly to the yacht, making its maiden voyage, which had been taking on water
in 25 ft. seas. Ship officers and crew managed, in dramatic fashion, to bring the three men
on board as a Coast Guard plane hovered. The rescuees remained on Statendam until it arrived in Honolulu. Alas, because the ship detoured out of its path to conduct the rescue
, it had to kibosh its only other planned call this year at the small island of Molokai, a move which no doubt will disappoint planned demonstrations against the ship once again."
There are gross inaccuracies in this account. There was no helicopter hovering let alone in view. The only thing "dramatic" was seeing the sailboat from afar, appearing and then disappearing behind the gentle waves as the ship approached. The ship had no difficulty locating the boat, requiring a 600-mile detour. I never got the full story, but it seems the sailors had "difficulties" with the boat and one was feeling ill. Perhaps "maiden voyage" had something to do with it.
The detour lengthened the planned five-day leg to Hawaii