Excerpt from Latitude 38 article posted today:
"Captain Marc Winn and his crew, Kathy Nurkowski and Todd Holt, were sailing south from Washington to California
aboard the 51-ft sailboat Rogue's Scholarship
when a powerful storm clobbered them Monday, leaving the big sloop
with tattered sails
, a broken boom, a fouled prop and no steerage.
For three days they drifted under cloudy skies, with batteries
too diminished to broadcast a call for help. After skies cleared on the third day, the boat's solar
panel finally generated enough juice for the weary yet uninjured crew to reach Coast Guard watchstanders via their DSC-enabled VHF
The response was impressive: Two MH-65 Dolphin helicopters were dispatched from different Oregon
bases, at least one of which put a rescue
swimmer in the water
to assess the situation and give the sailors a fresh VHF; a C-27J surveillance aircraft out of Air Station Sacramento was sent out to monitor
the situation; and the 110-ft cutter
Cuttyhunk was sent out from Port Angeles, WA. She towed Rogue's Scholarship toward Reedsport, OR, eventually handing off the tow to a 47-ft motor
life boat from Station Umpqua River. "