Originally Posted by CaptHondo
One of our biggest concerns is that he is making this crossing alone. But he does have a great deal of experience.
Him crossing alone is nothing to do with you or family
. If he is, and without Sat phone
that's his problem, not yours.
Yes, he should have arrived in the Azores
by now if he had perfect weather
. But this year it has not been. There has been more headwinds than usual... or there were when I was at sea the week earlier.
He would not be past any reasonably set overdue date which would be about 50 days for that trip.
I dont think there has been much bad weather
out there since he left.
further, if he lost wind
its too far to motor
. Remember the Azores
High can give a huge area of calms to the south - the Horse Latitudes.
Or he may of gone straight past the Azores... there's no need to stop in. If he were having to deviate a few hundred miles to go to the Azores he may have well decided, as I would, to go straight to Gibralter.
a mute point as he could not be found by Search and Rescue
now anyway. Where would anyone look?
So people who go to sea without Sat Phones or Ais
have no wish to be found... HF Radio
is a WAFTAM as there are no nets out there, especially in hurricane
So you can do nothing, just wait and hope, like centuries of families have had to when men
go to sea.
A Jongurt boat should be fine... but it will be slow as its steel
BTW you don't know when he left Tortola. You only know when he said he was going to leave.
I am sorry that you are in this weird predicament where you feel helpless. I hope he sails
into port and you can chastise him for not taking a sat phone