I am the owner, Shannon. Everything on the boat was sound and we did not panic in any way at all; I am an airline pilot of 12 years (20 years of flying) and have handled some severe mishaps in my career (to include a full loss of flight controls: my tail ripped itself apart) At the video of our rescue
we felt we had finally found calm seas, but ready for worse, as forecasted. We went through 50 foot waves and over 70mph winds for 3 days. We are only one of three boats lost
in this freak weather
as far as we know: one an 118 foot Ketch
, and a 42' Catamaran
abandoned also near our position. The Cat had a vessel pick them up (calmer seas) and take them to Turkey
. We were lucky to go to Bermuda! The other boat, which our insurance
is handling, is a 118 foot Ketch
. The boat is destroyed, but they lost
and could not ask for a rescue
. Their EPIRB
went in the water
, and all communications
destroyed. I duct taped the Satellite phone
to my chest so I have a hard time understanding this. The 118' Ketch with 8 full time crew also lost their helms person overboard
(without a tether! but successfully rescued.) They flooded the engine
room and caught fire. They had no choice except to limp the boat into Bermuda
. My insurance
man says it's the most beautiful boat he's ever seen.
You can sit in your slip (or anchor) and judge, but I've seen hell, and non forecasted hell. My family
is alive, so I believe that we made the right decision to leave our prized yacht. All 5 cremembers were highly experienced and never sea sick through the whole experience. We did our best. Judge as you will, but we've lost every material thing we owned, and prevented it in every way possible, so only kindness and not judgement is accepted at this point.
My daughter was not the deciding factor. She is strong and tough and always safe and secure. She hung on to her home and her toys. Please do not judge us anymore. We have lost enough.