everyone, and many new friends here. If it wasn't for you guys I would be sleeping in the Old Bahama Marina bathroom or in my dinghy
Here is the last update, written after a ten-hour search, so it might be a bit "off."
The Wild Goose Search For Dagny. - SV Dagny
Thanks Ann for the plane idea. Without a sighting though, I don't think it would be economically wise. Dagny is worth $20K, and while it is everything I own, a seaplane chase can quickly add up. Something to keep in mind if her position is reported though.
The support has been overwhelming. I still can't wait in West-End very long draining $100/day. My other option is wait for Dagny in France
or find cheaper accommodations. A fellow cruiser arriving in the Bahamas
in about a week has offered me a berth. I can't believe the generosity. I might have to find my way to Nassau
in a few days, either via airplane or a boater heading that way from here, which would be best.
For those speculating on how and why I did certain things, like use my spare CQR
, read my blog, it's all there. Had I done something obviously stupid, it would be somewhat easier, I would know to blame myself and turn the page having learned a good lesson. I used an adequate anchor
after losing my Mantus
, used enough scope
, lots of chain and a brand new nylon rode
. The boat stayed there for hours before drifting off. I last checked on it at most an hour and a half before noticing it gone and got three helpful guys with their power boat
to take me look for her. I think we didn't look North enough, probably missed her by a hair. It was very dark that night.
Yesterday's search didn't turn up anything, see the link above.
Unfortunately my inReach tracker was with me, to be charged at the marina.
I had an AIS
receiver, but not transmitter. I'll never do that again, but of course hindsight is 20/20.
My communication capabilities are somewhat limited right now. If I didn't have my computer, which is my business tool, I would be in a much dire situation. Yet, there won't be much to do before the first week of January, bad timing.
Tomorrow I am going to Freeport
to buy some clothes, having only the ones on my back, which I wash every night, as well as a carry-on bag, and maybe a cheap
Accepting help is something that goes against the grain for me. I do appreciate it greatly though. I intend on refunding all those who sent me a few dollars via Paypal. Thanks again.
I'll add that despite what happened, I do not regret trying. I left the dock
and crossed the Gulf Stream
. It's not much, and even if it costs me $20K, it's priceless. And just maybe this is not the end of the story.