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Old 14-11-2012, 06:22   #1
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Belize 43 capsized

Very sad.
Reports in the French media that apparently this cat:


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Has capsized off Morocco in bad weather. Four possibly five dead. Other details escape my schoolboy French.
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Old 14-11-2012, 06:30   #2
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Re: Belize 43 Sinks

The reports mention 20 Km/h winds (about 10 knots) - if my french is any good. If so hardly bad weather. Suspect we will have to wait for more information.
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This is tragic. I wonder what the conditions were really like... the vendee globe boats are near there, and aren't seeing much wind. The GRIB I just looked at doesn't show much wind either.

The first story link has a picture of a pretty large power boat associated with the story... weird.
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French Catamaran lost off Med Coast of Morocco

Not sure if this was a motor cat or a sailing cat due to the picture that accompanied the article but French-flagged vessel lost off the Mediterranean coast of Morroco, sadly with 4 dead, one missing. 4 French die when yacht capsizes off Morocco: diploma | Morocco World News
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Re: French Catamaran lost off Med Coast of Morocco

Hell - at this stage not even sure it was a cat. The only photos show a very large power boat.
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Re: Belize 43 capsized

This is so very sad, these are friends of ours and we know the skipper and the boat very well and we were with them only a few days ago sharing a large Tuna that they caught.

Yes, the boat was a sailing catamaran, FP Belize 43, and we know some of the details of what happened, but we are waiting for more information. We can confirm that she never capsized but went onto the rocks, the weather was very bad at the time and this obviously paid a large part in this tragedy.
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Re: Belize 43 capsized

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This is so very sad, these are friends of ours and we know the skipper and the boat very well and we were with them only a few days ago sharing a large Tuna that they caught.

Yes, the boat was a sailing catamaran, FP Belize 43, and we know some of the details of what happened, but we are waiting for more information. We can confirm the weather was very bad at the time and this obviously paid a large part in this tragedy.
Please keep us posted if possible. Very tragic and our prayers are with all.
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Greetings and welcome board the CF, Zigzag 27.
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This is so very sad, these are friends of ours and we know the skipper and the boat very well and we were with them only a few days ago sharing a large Tuna that they caught.
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Pass my condolences on to the family.
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Re: Belize 43 capsized

I did a Google news search and found one other board talking of this.

The report there was that it was indeed a Belize 43 but also that the winds were only 20k/hr. That's under 12 knots.

If true something fishy.

Four dead, one missing, after catamaran capsizes in Mediterranean - Multihulls4us Forums
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Re: Belize 43 capsized

12 knots + rock = bad.

The Lord giveth, the Lord taketh away, blessed be the Name of the Lord. Sincere Condolences.
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Re: Belize 43 capsized

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. We can confirm that she never capsized but went onto the rocks, the weather was very bad at the time and this obviously paid a large part in this tragedy.
I was checking out of the Moroccan West coast on 15th and the port police captain showed me pictures of the Belize.
There was a full police report in French which I could not understand, but the pictures showed that it was indeed capsized,
Also, I do not recall seeing any damage to the keels or rudders, but I was in a bit of shock and not looking for damage, so I might have missed it.
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Re: Belize 43 capsized

I think that it ended upside down and possibly tripped up on the ground in shallows. Lots of rope and fishing nets around the props. I can not belive that a cat like that would go over "capsize" in deep water. It only had a genoa by all accounts the boom had broken in Alicante, so hardly had to much sail up. They were heading for Gibralar to get it repaired. It is a sad mystery!
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Please pass my condolences to the families zigzag27.
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