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Old 22-05-2014, 11:31   #241
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Re: UK yacht Cheeki Rafiki missing in mid-Atlantic

Accordingly to most, the cost to resume the search is nothing, as they would be training otherwise, right???
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I know! Maybe Prince William's training depleted them of helicopters..

.. if I was still living in Blighty I'd be queuing with the rest of them to volunteer for the RNLI: an excellent organization which should never be disbanded or merged with another.

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Re: UK yacht Cheeki Rafiki missing in mid-Atlantic

While I cannot go out there and search personally, I did start a White House Petition to start using Drones for offshore search and rescue. They have far better cameras and optical systems than human eyes using binoculars from the side of an aircraft, and they have FLIR, Forward Looking InfraRed.

As an ex-Navy submarine Electronics Technician, it's my humble opinion that these UAVs are the absolute BEST platform for SAR. Faster, lighter, far more fuel efficient, much longer flight times, no flight crew onboard to risk, optical systems and FLIR designed to spot people and objects in the worst conditions, even at night.

Here is a link to the petition, please sign it, we need 100,000 signatures within a month!

https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/pet...ssets/ZRDPlhWR
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They are a gutsy bunch of guys Salty... have a few friends that serve with them.. its a grand sight to see.. in Salcombe for example.. when the 'maroon' fires and they come belting out of offices, butchers and bakers etc and charge down the hill to the boat.. and 80+% of the towns folk turn on their VHF's to follow their sons, husbands etc..
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They are a gutsy bunch of guys Salty... have a few friends that serve with them.. its a grand sight to see.. in Salcombe for example.. when the 'maroon' fires and they come belting out of offices, butchers and bakers etc and charge down the hill to the boat.. and 80+% of the towns folk turn on their VHF's to follow their sons, husbands etc..
I like it when the boat goes down a long slide up a hill and SPLASH!



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Re: UK yacht Cheeki Rafiki missing in mid-Atlantic

Here is a better chart of the Cheeki Rafiki GPS locations. Including where the debris were sighted. Much more logical than the mainstream media reports that showed the "upturned hull" four hundred miles away. Still hope that one of the boats comes across that hull again and does a better inspection.
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Here is a better chart of the Cheeki Rafiki GPS locations. Including where the debris were sighted. Much more logical than the mainstream media reports that showed the "upturned hull" four hundred miles away. Still hope that one of the boats comes across that hull again and does a better inspection.
Cheeki Rafiki: New Search Information | Yachting World
Good intelligent report. Thanks for that, Mike.
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While I cannot go out there and search personally, I did start a White House Petition to start using Drones for offshore search and rescue. They have far better cameras and optical systems than human eyes using binoculars from the side of an aircraft, and they have FLIR, Forward Looking InfraRed.

As an ex-Navy submarine Electronics Technician, it's my humble opinion that these UAVs are the absolute BEST platform for SAR. Faster, lighter, far more fuel efficient, much longer flight times, no flight crew onboard to risk, optical systems and FLIR designed to spot people and objects in the worst conditions, even at night.

Here is a link to the petition, please sign it, we need 100,000 signatures within a month!

https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/pet...ssets/ZRDPlhWR



Very much agreed, signed that. Excellent use for drones. Don't forget thermal imaging. I'd think this would be extremely useful for finding a person in the water. I'm sure AH could tell us, black hot or white hot?
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Some of the latest log entry from one of the crew of GERTA4. Who have to leave the search area but, seems other boats may be heading into it from the ARC rally:

"It was a rough night for Simon, who was apparently on his lay day. Due to the search-and-rescue operation at hand he’d spent most of his lay day making sure we arrived well into the search area, which we did. In all honesty, it was a rough night for all, with extremely inclement conditions and terrible visibility. This was difficult to take considering we were searching for the Cheeki Rafiki. All credit to our skipper and Maurtiz for getting us there in good time and working so hard through such difficult condition in the night as Emma and I rested up.

Today couldn’t have been more opposite. Our dampened spirits were dried off in the beautiful sunshine, visibility was more or less perfect and from nowhere Emma cooked one of the greatest lasagnes I have ever experienced. Our sail matched the asymmetry of the night and day, and we’d been cruising along at a good speed in the search area.

The messages of support that have come through in response to our contribution to the search really have been warmly received. Thank you to all! Last night, in such ghastly conditions it was difficult to remain positive. Simon has been talking to the BBC as well, with an update on our contribution to the search.

During one of the interviews we were joined by a small, playful pod of dolphins who jollied for a while around the boat. A beautiful little calf gave us a small acrobatic show.

We couldn’t have asked for a more beautiful day for searching today, but sadly we were unable to see anything. Nothing came our way. It is with a great sadness that Gertha has to stand down from our part in the search. We have a broken propeller, which means we are unable to motor, and a limited supply of provisions. The decision has not been taken lightly, but under the circumstances, staying much longer might mean that further down the line we would require assistance ourselves, which is of no use to anyone. Our love and hope go out to the families of those lost and we are listening out keenly for positive news.

We had heard some radio chatter from both US and UK search and rescue teams, and we know too that other ARC vessels are bound for the search area. There is a large operation going on here, and we will very soon be replaced by more boats. That said, it is a sad and difficult decision to take and we are sorry that we never did see anything.

Anthony"
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I'll say it again when you come across the crew of GERTA 4 they deserve a big thank you and a round of drinks for their efforts. The same for the crew of Maliasi!
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Two more boats for the "must buy a round list" from the ARC European leg rally:

KALIMBA and REBERTH are entering the search area for Cheeki Rafiki.
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Re: UK yacht Cheeki Rafiki missing in mid-Atlantic

apparently 'no keel; only a slight steering problem'
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assuming this thread is still focused on the missing yacht crew.
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Re: UK yacht Cheeki Rafiki missing in mid-Atlantic

PUERKI a Jeanneu Sun Odyssey 45 is also entering the search area for the Cheeki Rafki crew.
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