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Old 07-01-2013, 18:12   #16
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Re: Cook Strait Rescue

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Seems kind of 'wussy' (is that even a word?) to abandon ship just because one is cold, wet and tired. I would think one could heave to as a basic storm tactic and get changed into dry clothes, get some rest, and a meal. One need only keep a watch for approaching vessels. Perhaps they had not practiced heaving to before?
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I pass no judgement whatsoever on the vessel or its skipper, simply because there may be far more to the story than reported, and because I have not the experience to pass judgment.
No judgements here, just an interesting observation......
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Old 07-01-2013, 18:55   #18
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Re: Cook Strait Rescue

Well, if they were in danger of washing up on a lee shore, then true, heaving to would be a bad move.
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Old 07-01-2013, 20:06   #19
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This confuses me, what else would you expect in NZ?
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Old 09-01-2013, 21:36   #20
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Re: Cook Strait Rescue

Great weather down here sparau, we just get a weekly front of cold&wet to remind us how lucky we are.
Well the ketch has been salvaged but no details on the lead-up to the abandonment.
Maritime NZ not pursuing it so thats a plus for the crew.

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Re: Cook Strait Rescue

At the risk of stirring a up a hornets nest. Its another case of a cruising boat being ill prepared. Sailing in an area like Cooks Strait without the ability to survive a blow is just crazy.

An old design, like the boat in question, would have loved those conditions and would have been comfortable compared to a race boat. But what appears to be inexperience and lack of preparation mixed with a cup full of cold and fear, ended up being a rescue.

Its reported they had a loss of "navigation systems". What? the chart and compass blew overboard? (smell the sarcasm- yum yum- smells like chicken).

Perhaps its time for mandatory licencing and course completion for skippers who go offshore. As it truley appears that this is yet "another" case of premature abandonment. The second one on this forum in a week!
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Re: Cook Strait Rescue

Has anyone ever found out the full story on this? I'm curious.
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Old 10-02-2013, 16:12   #23
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I haven't heard any more but this looks like the boat.

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