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Old 14-05-2010, 17:58   #1
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Missing Sailor Alert



The following is a cut and paste from the latest Latitude38 'letronic Latitude.
I remember last summer that there were several threads on the forum from newbies detailing their wish to sail from Southren California north, and several who are familar with these waters, voiced caution.

. I hope that this is not one of them.


May 14,2010 - 70 miles North of PR. Conception
The Coast Guard has been scouring the waters about 70 miles northwest of Pt. Conception since Wednesday night, searching for the skipper of an unmanned 22-ft sailboat. Felix Knauth, the registered owner of the unnamed vessel, reportedly left Monterey on Monday.
The Coast Guard reports that a mayday was heard Wednesday evening around 7 p.m. but they were unable to hail the caller. A C-130 searched the vicinity of the call through the night but found nothing. They resumed the search at first light, but again found no trace of a vessel in distress. Around 10:30 yesterday morning, a passing cruiseship spotted the drifting sailboat with tattered sails, and notified the Coast Guard of its coordinates. A C-130, two MH-65 helos and the cutter Bertholf have been searching for Knauth ever since.
Coast Guard Petty Officer Alan Haraf says there are no plans at this point to terminate the search, but that a "judgement call will probably be made this afternoon." If you have any information on the case, contact the Alameda rescue coordination center at (510) 437-3701.
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Old 14-05-2010, 22:37   #2
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a passing cruiseship spotted the drifting sailboat with tattered sails, .
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Felix Knauth was an experienced sailor, but I thought he had retired from sailing and was living in Montana. He had owned a ketch named The Black Sheep back in the 1980s and 90s and which is now in Norway.
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Felix Knauth was an experienced sailor, but I thought he had retired from sailing and was living in Montana. He had owned a ketch named The Black Sheep back in the 1980s and 90s and which is now in Norway.
Indeed! Very strange.

More ➥ The Black Sheep - English

“... The sailboat that was found is called "Black Sheep" and is registered to Felix Knauth. But, officials have not confirmed whether they are looking for Knauth as the person who could be missing from the boat ...”

From ➥ Coast Guard looks for man missing from a boat found off the coast - KSBY-TV- msnbc.com
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It would appear the USCG has called off the search for Black Sheep's missing skipper:and the boat is being towed back at the request of the family.

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Sad to say, but the missing skipper is indeed the Felix Knauth of whom I spoke earlier. He was 80.

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Those waters are no place to be in a 22' boat with a big low off that coast.
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Those waters are no place to be in a 22' boat with a big low off that coast.
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Sad story. Terribly sad. At least he went doing what he loved
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And Another Missing Sailor

Cat Harbor to Marina Del Rey is not as riskless as some seem to think:

Skipper Missing: Man Missing After 30 Foot Sailboat Washes Ashore in Venice Beach - KTLA
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