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Old 20-05-2010, 23:06   #16
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Leftroamin, the Aussies have a strong presence here, and are pretty darn sharp, they will not miss this post. I think that is why Tao felt confident to move it. I will say a prayer for your friend, have faith, that boat looks like she is a strong vessel. Have you made contact with the authorities? **Add a comment in your signature for all Aussies to click here, link that to this post. If ya need help doing this just let me know.
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Thanks Erika,

I have NOT contacted the Search and Rescue centre at rccaus@amsa.gov.au to relay my concerns, but I have been in contact with Australian Customs officials, who are keeping a sharp look-out for Daniel. As the days with "no word" mount, the distance between "overly concerned" and "not concerned enough" is beginning to narrow.

I do have faith that Waterbird is a strong vessel. BUT ... her floatation characteristics, while upside down, may not be anything to brag about. My guess is that she suffered some major water damage to all systems, including the main hatch, during the aftermath of the capsize.

We have a saying here in Tennessee "If the good Lord's willing ... and the creek don't rise". I'm going to keep my fingers crossed, 'cause lately .... the creek has been very undependable.

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Old 20-05-2010, 23:17   #17
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Australian overdue report...

I have no knowledge of your friend but if he may be in the slightest trouble then a report to the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) would be in order.

Contact numbers are in the above link. Scroll down to the International ones.

I have no knowledge of their procedures but I would expect that they would prefer to be informed sooner rather than later.

They do speak English.
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Old 20-05-2010, 23:19   #18
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Thanks ToaJones. I've posted this in the Cuisers Forum in order to reach as many Australian sailors as possible. I'm afraid that the sailing Solo Circumnavigator's Club is far too exclusive to have an effective website for posts such as this one.

I would prefer that you change "Ozzies" to "Australian Sailors" and "Cuiser" to Solo Circumnavigator".
oops! sorry Cruiser ... not Cuiser.
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I understand, I suffered through a 9 day over due wait with my parents (this was on top of the outside extreme time frame). They were fine but many years later I still can remember the sleepless nights and watching the phone.

Why not contact the Australian coasties? If anything, they can relay a "pan pan pan" and have local vessels keep a look out. Am I misinformed that this is an option?

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They often involve odd activities with sheep or 'roos.


Only the pretty Roo's, Jim. And only Kiwis kiss sheep.

Daniel off Waterbird is a great guy!
We met him in Colon before going through the Panama Canal. We had a memorable dinner on his boat! (The sprouts, Daniel, don't warn the guests they are a bit off after we have already taken a mouth-full!)
He and Nicolle have kept some correspondence going, I think via email, but not for a while.

He is an extremely adventurous guy and very capable.

If he is 300 miles from port then thats just a bee's dick to a guy like him and he will be safe haven in a few days.

I think the Melbourne girls should keep a good guard on their chastity. He is, I think, single and as good looking as our best roo's.


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Australian Customs officials, who are keeping a sharp look-out for Daniel.
Damn Customs officials always keep a sharp eye out!
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Old 21-05-2010, 04:54   #22
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GOOD NEWS .... I think/hope.

Daniel Petrasek's Webmaster, Josef, has just posted a new Iridium Position Report dated 20.5.2010: Position 39 54' S, 140 01' E

This would put WATERBIRD about 125 NM from Portland, Victoria AU ..... and out of the notorious Bass Straight (which I hope is the current plan). If the good Lord is willing, the engine will run (and the creek don't rise) ... there should be some even better news in a few days.
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G'Day all,

In my many years in Oz, I've never found a single resident that objected to being called an "Aussie". It is not a pejorative term. There are many rude terms used to describe Aussies, primarily by Kiwis, that they DO object to. They often involve odd activities with sheep or 'roos. I think that it has to do with living upside down on the bottom of the world...

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You certainly have picked up on our likes and sheep, no I really meant dislikes, kiwi's well not all kiwi's just All Black's usually on Saturdays
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You certainly have picked up on our likes and sheep, no I really meant dislikes, kiwi's well not all kiwi's just All Black's usually on Saturdays
For those on the wrong side of the planet, the All Blacks are the Kiwi rugby team that gives rugby lessons to the Aussies.
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Great news about Daniel, will pray him all the way into port and into an Aussie girls arms .
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Richard, will you please post a quick note when he makes landfall?
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Richard, will you please post a quick note when he makes landfall?
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Erika,

I will be more than happy to post a quick note as soon as I hear he has made landfall. Since I haven't heard anything since the last position report on 20.5.2010, I would assume that he's in the Bass Straight and making his way to Melbourne for repairs .... or so it appears. The combination of no Iridium Sat-Phone position reports for four days, no mast light, probably no running lights, maybe no working VHF or SSB radio or weather fax .... and definately no Life Raft .... has me concerned again.

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Yippee!!!!!!!!!!!!!


26. 5. 2010 Portland, Australia
26th May. Waterbird arrived to Portland, Australia. Mast is gone but life is good.
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Thanks for the update, Mark . . . Yippee, indeed!

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Notice he says "Life is good" when most of us would be whinging about the trip and mast. Damn fine attitude!
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