Originally Posted by minx
S V Minx was abandon in the early hours on Wednesday Dec 21, 2011 during a dramatic, life threatening rescue. Position : 17*20' S 154*13' E approx 380nm East of Mackay on Australia's Eastern Coast.
We are forever grateful for the assistance by the aircraft crew from the RCC and the crew of the ship Ocean Lord (coal carrier) during the three and a half hour rescue operation.
We had endured 72 hours in rough seas (3-4 metres) and winds to 35knots with a developing cyclone chasing us.
We could not sail with the damage to our Genoa
and main sail and when both sail drives failed within 24hours we had run out of options. Water began entering our engine compartments, salon
area, the head and aft- cabin from the surging sea. We deployed a para anchor which held us in positions for the pending rescue.
The para anchor was severed accidently during the first rescue attempt which send us drifting.
Launched in 2007 Minx was the first production built S-380.
We are grateful for our lifes though have lost everything we owned.
Any feedback, a sighting or information relating to Minx would be appreciated
Sorry to hear of your loss, at least you got picked up. Thats a big ocean, the Coral sea
I came through there early November, A bit more south than you ,and I copped 10 metre waves,
Force 6 wind
. Got that one from a passing ship. weather forecast
. As I did not have communication except for VHF
S 22.38 E 154.28 course 300 degrees, was not a good day. I just rode
My course should have been 200 degrees, but impossible due to the conditions and I cant sail for ****,
I had two wave formations, one to the north and one to the north west. The north one filled the cockpit and the north west one stood vertically over the transom, If it had of dropped on me, I was gone,
How did you damage your main and Genoa, I came through mainly on the Genoa,
The main made me roll over too far, and swung me beam on, Very scary, so I left the main down,
If the boat is sealed up and every thing closed, How did you take on water, even tho you had no power,
Do you know why the sail drives failed,
I would like to know these as it may help me or others in the future,
If your boat doesnt sink, There are shipping
lanes going through there and a ship may give its position as a shipping
hazard, so you may get your boat back,
crews will certainly get it back for you if they know where it is,