Shadow, in case it is of interest this is the information as far as I recall
regarding the boats that were distressed.
9 vessels transmitted distress
alerts being 7 monos and 2 cats. One of the monos later cancelled its alert leaving 8 distressed vessels - 2 cats and 6 monos.
Both the cats, being "Ramtha" and "Heartlight", were evacuated and "Heartlight" deliberately sunk at the request of the owners (they were rescued by a fishing
vessel that ran it down to sink it). Heartlights crew were very inexperienced and what most of us would regard as "strange" being into beams out of the sky and other vivid imaginary stuff.
The mono that was lost
with all its crew was "Quartermaster" - I am aware of issues with both the boat and its crew related by people whose opinion I implicitly trust on those matters. I would like to leave that at that.
Of the monos that were evacuated I am not sure of the total number that turned up again having continued their voyage without their crews but the ones I know of that did are - "Destiny" was found aground in Vanuatu
, stripped and burnt by locals; "Sofia" (a Westsail 32) was later found afloat and salvaged; "Silver Shadow" was later seen drifting and then later again found aground stripped beyond repair (I do not recall
I do not know if the remaining 2 abandoned monos I haven't accounted for ever turned up or not and, of course, it could be that they are aground somewhere yet to be found or drifted onto coral
and broken up to be submerged. If I recall correctly one mono was badly damaged against the ship's side during the evacuation of the crew (but I may be thinking of another rescue?), perhaps she is known to have sunk - GMac may know?
"Ramtha" the cat that was not deliberately sunk also turned up as others have said and was salvaged.
It is over 14 years ago now so I do not recall the lengths of the above vessels. I think "Heartlight" was around 45 foot, maybe more, and "Quartermaster" was I think in the low 40 foot area. "Sofia" as said, was a Westsail 32. Someone may be able to clarify "Ramtha" but if I recall correctly she was quite small, under 40 foot but am dredging the memory cells for that.
There are a couple of books
written on the storm but I have neither and not read them either so don't recall the titles but they regulalry come up on the e-auctions. As Factor has said there was a video available (it was based on a TV program, maybe was the same as the TV program I don't recall even though I have seen both - alzheimers
Hopefully that has rounded out a little of the events
EDIT: I started writing this before Rick's post went up so there may be some corroboration (or not
) in the links he has given and which I have not yet read.