From the awesome folks at SSCA, especially Glenn, hopefully she will be found now that the cruising community is gearing up and gaining momentum
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"Lookout issued by SSCA Radio
Station “KPK” at 1000 hrs, 24 Dec 2016
On December 23, 2015 at an unknown time in the afternoon, French singlehanded sailor Gil Gruson anchored his 26’ Morris Francis sloop
named S/V DAGNY near the beach at West End, Bahamas
after a voyage from St Lucie Inlet to West End. He lost
his primary anchor and resorted to using a 20-pound CQR
. He went ashore in his dinghy
, and when he returned his boat was gone. He presumes the boat dragged anchor into deep water
and his now lost
somewhere at sea.
The vessel is further described as a flush deck
double ender sloop, white in color with a dark colored stripe at the gunwale. Teak
cap rail. Self steering wind vane
on stern. Tiller steering
. Full keel
. What appears in a video to be a small tan canvas bimini
, which covers only the cockpit
. There is a clear plexiglass bubble in the hatch
The incident was reported to the USCG RCC Miami
. This was confirmed at 0720 hrs 24 December through a call to the USCG. However, as the vessel is unoccupied, the case is not being handled as a search & rescue
. I re-contacted the USCG at 0930 hrs and they are going to issue a notice to mariners as a hazard to navigation
router Chris Parker with the Marine
Weather Center was contacted and provided the following wind
and drift analysis giving positions where the vessel may be drifting.
has been blowing roughly SE since Wed23 afternoon, and at a fairly good clip.
Late Wed23 afternoon into evening: 150@10-15 in the relative wind-shadow of WestEnd...assume 1k of drift in direction 330T...which places vessel about 9mi NNW of WestEnd at midnight last night.
From midnight-9am this morning, wind probable backed SE. Wind velocity varied significantly in the area, but passive microwave SSM/I suggests close to 15k...assume 1.5k of drift (14 miles in 9 hours) in the direction 315T.
In 18 hours from 3pm Wed23-9am Thu24, the vessel likely drifted (due to the effects of wind) about 23 miles, in a direction about NE (320T) from where it was anchored. Estimated 9am position: 27-00N/79-17W
Assuming my assumptions about speed of drift of the 26' sailboat trailing an anchor and anchor line are correct...about 20-25 miles in a direction of 320T from WestEnd, the vessel should begin entering the N-flowing current
Again, if my assumptions are correct, then from 9am this morning to 6pm this evening, the vessel would drift as follows:
Wind component: wind backs 135T to 120T, averaging 15k...vessel might drift at 1.5k (14 miles) in a direction 295T
component: due-N, increasing from 0.5k-1.0k at 9am...to 2.0k by 6pm...for an average N-ward drift of about 1.2k, or 11 miles, in a direction 360T.
Estimated position at 6pm: 27-15N/79-30W.
From here, wind will shift vessel into center of GulfStream, where it accelerates N-ward...likely passing 28N/79-45W about 9am Fri25.
Hope this helps...Chris.
Gil Gruson has lost everything he owns except his Delorme GPS
and the clothes on his back. He slept in a gym on West End last night. Further information about Mr. Gruson may be found on his website svdagny.com.
If anyone has direct contact with Gil Gruson on West End, please ask him to contact the USCG at 305-415-6800.
All vessels are requested to be on the lookout for this drifting vessel. Any sightings should be reported to the USCG and KPK@ssca.org
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