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Old 07-01-2013, 09:42   #1
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Cook Strait Rescue

7m(23ft) swells and 50knot gusts. We've had some decent winds around here lately.

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Old 07-01-2013, 09:52   #2
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Re: Cook Strait Rescue

The report has engine failure as a concern. Is that exhuast water I can see on the port side of the transom?

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There has to be more to this story!

The sea state in the photo is rather benign,much less than 7meters. And if a sailboat lost engine power is that a reason to abandon ship????

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In the slick of the cruise ship he looks as though he has it under control, but it would not look so comfortable exposed to the waves & 50knot gusts.
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Re: Cook Strait Rescue

What is wrong with the boat?? It has two masts with sails and is riding high in the water so is not sinking. As said, there must be more to this story. To be where they are I would expect these are sailors with some experience so it would be interesting to know the full story.


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Re: Cook Strait Rescue

I clicked on the link to the story, read it, and was about to hit the back button when another headline caught my eye: Man Injured by Flying Dinghy." A 12 aluminum boat sitting on the beach was blown by high winds into a man who suffered serious head injuries.
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PS. The vessel in the picture may simply be a "file photo."
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Re: Cook Strait Rescue

Not apparently. According to the story John Wooton was on the cruise ship. The photo is attributed to him.

Tis a mystery.
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Re: Cook Strait Rescue

The sailboat in the photo is definitly making way.

But the crew "cold wet and tired".
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if you look close, it appears the head sail looks a bit shredded.
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Re: Cook Strait Rescue

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But the crew "cold wet and tired".
If the only reason they called for an expensive taxi, is because they were wet.... Someone needs to send them a bill.



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Re: Cook Strait Rescue

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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Re: Cook Strait Rescue

Surprised no one has picked up on that yet......

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.....reported engine failure and a loss of navigation systems about 6.30pm on Sunday, 30 kilometres off Marlborough's Clifford Bay.
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I did see that, but some of the discussion has been about the boat in the picture looks to be under power, and loss of navigation systems I presume not to include one's compass and charts, particularly since they are apparently only about 20 miles from land. 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.
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Re: Cook Strait Rescue

That looks more like steam or smoke coming out the exhaust than just water. The Cook Straight is notorious for tide and wind and cold and wet can kill you. There are also a lot of rocks in the area and a tough shoreline. Not the place to heave to IMO.
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