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Old 01-11-2009, 14:28   #16
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The reset for the tracking function is to hit the "OK" button. So there's hope they may just do that soon. Then you'll get a double benefit -- you'll know they're okay, and you'll get tracking data for 24 hours.
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Old 01-11-2009, 14:38   #17
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Old 01-11-2009, 16:58   #18
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To say I am concerned would be an understatement.

It was suppose to send an email every ten minutes (I know that is crazy)
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Jen,


You need to slow down a bit.
Some would say it is totally unsafe for you and the people on the boat to be in panic mode about trips at sea.

Emails every 10 minutes are not the correct thing because with tramsmition errors, if everyone did it there would be masses of Coast Guard call outs to non existent problems. The real life threatening situations would go without response.

I am sure the people on the boat don't want to be pestered too. Having that pressure from someone on shore can only exacerbate nerves and that just forces errors.

Now, isn't it best to let them be like everyone else out there?




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Old 01-11-2009, 18:04   #19
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The last time I heard from them was by cell phone & we had a hard time hearing each other.

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Old 01-11-2009, 19:17   #20
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Jennybug, I bet they will make good time but remember there is a bit of counter current so the speed over ground will be less at times. I totally understand why you are worried, this is new and unfamiliar ground, especially since you are not there to know what is going on. My parents sailed around the world and there were times I worried for them, so I understand. Hang in there and know that they are in a good boat with the previous owner that knows her ways.
Remember to have a hot shower, cold beer, and a cheeseburger waiting for them!!
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Old 02-11-2009, 07:58   #21
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Thumbs up THEY READ THE DIRECTIONS...LOL

I was THRILLED to receive an OK message from the guys moments ago. Here is a link to their location.


http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&hl=en&geocode=&q=27.91589,-86.8787&ll=27.91589,-86.8787&ie=UTF8&z=12&om=1

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Looks like they picked a decent weather window. They should be in 1-2' for the next 24 hours - and nothing over 4' for the rest of the trip. That's pretty near perfect for the Gulf. Winds will pick up later in the week - they should be in 10-20 for most of the trip - again, great weather.
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I was THRILLED to receive an OK message from the guys moments ago. Here is a link to their location.


http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&hl=en&geocode=&q=27.91589,-86.8787&ll=27.91589,-86.8787&ie=UTF8&z=12&om=1

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That position is about 223 miles from northwest channel and right on the rhumb line from Tampa Bay to Corpus or an average of about 6.2 knts assuming it took them 2.5 hours to reach the northwest channel from St. Pete.

For what's its worth one can check the conditions at sea at NDBC - Florida and Eastern Gulf of Mexico Recent Marine Data by selecting the nearest buoy. For example, this morning Station 42036 reports NNE Winds at 9.17 knts gusting to 11.7 with 2.3' seas at 5 seconds from the north with 30.06" of barometer. Pretty nice sailing I'd say.

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Old 02-11-2009, 10:08   #25
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Old 03-11-2009, 05:31   #26
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5:26 pm 11/2

LAT 27.90643
LONG -88.1461

9:24 pm 11/2

LAT 27.90159
LONG -88.1461

I am relieved that they are hitting the OK button now.

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That's odd. In about four hours they moved about a 1/4 mile south against a 3/4 knt northery drift and, reportedly, 13 knts of northeasterly winds. Hummm...
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IS THAT BAD????????
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No...Just Odd. They may have been hove-too to make a meal, or take a rest, or fix something. In any case, since they were "I'm Okay" check-in messages, there's certainly nothing to be concerned about, eh?

For what it's worth you can use Google Earth to see where they are. As you move your cursor over the Google Earth Screen the cursor coordinates are given at the bottom of the frame. As you'll note with that, they really aren't in the middle of no-where at all and will likely see some traffic from time to time.

FWIW...
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If they're hitting the OK button then I'd assume they are OK. They could be tired and hove to to slow the boat down to get rest, or needed a steadier boat motion to do a minor repair.

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(I see that due to distractions I took long enough to post that I basically repeated an above post.)
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