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[mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org] On Behalf Of kimberlite
Sent: Thursday, January 01, 2009 12:33 AM
Subject: RE: [Amel] New Set of Sails
Here is a video of the coast guard rescue
of some of the crew of Free fall.
We heard the helicopters and c130 asking to keep an eye out for men
. You can see 2 in he water
and the life raft being blown all over.
One died. 4 boats abandoned.
It was the same hurricane
we were in except we were further to sea with MUCH larger seas and stronger winds.
We have adjustable loops added to the bridle
of the drogue
to change the
angle of the stern of the boat
to the seas. The cleats
held up to the pull
of the drogue. To retrieve the drogue you will need a block of wood
out of the Chocks. We had to hand tail the drogue into the boat
using the primary winches. You have to stop once in a while to give the
winches time to cool off .our thermal cutouts on the winches tripped a few
times. You must also hand tail most of the drogue as the lines are much
heavier than the winches were designed for. You also have to go slowly;
otherwise you will tear up the cones in the chocks or in the winch
Life Floating By: Coast Guard Rescues 2 Mt. Pleasant Sailors
As far as I know we were the only boat that made it through the Hurricane
force wins-36 hours-from the northeast. Branson in his 90 footer had so
much damage he pulled into Bermuda
. We passed him and flew past the last 2 storms. The only damage we suffered was that the tabs that hold the rear of the doghouse to the cockpit
Considering we had it up in over 80 knots directly into the wind
, it as
impressive that it held together.
I know we would have not made it with a sea anchor
or any other drogue. To understand how it really works you must see it in action. Which I hope you never do. I also launched this in my 37 foot Tartan in another hurricane
Unfortunately Mr Jordan Died a few weeks ago. He never patented the drogue or as far as I know ever made a cent from the sales of the drogue.
Rest in peace my savior.
Amel Super Maramu #376 Kimberlite
65' 18 ton sloop
, center cockpit
"Beyond" John Traylor
"...the series drogue kept the hull
very well aligned to the seas...
at most 10 degrees of occasional yaw...Once the hull
was held stern to the seas, the wild ride was much smoother.
The feeling of being elastically attached to the sea itself is hard to imagine. The stern was pointed aggressively into the wind
and sea. It was as if we had entered a calm harbor of refuge. With the reduction in the yacht's motion, our situation seemed not too bad.
USHUAIA TO RESCUE
39í Westerly Sealord, SD4 built in 1984
from Mike C.
you may or may not remember the will it or wont it arrive on time saga of the jordan drogue i ordered whilst in ushuaia last november (it was sent to my home address in england
so's the wife could bring it out with her) , however it did arrive and boy oh boy am i glad.
There is no question about it but that jordan drogue works like a dream.
The attached is an unedited version of our story that was printed in the july 2008 issue of yachting monthly (uk).
I have been asked by a few people how i retrieved the drogue so i thought i may give you my method although i have no doubt that other people use the same.
I first tried pulling in one of the bridles by winch
etc etc but that didn't work
to great, i then tried using the anchor
winch but that caused problems with the boat sailing from side to side and catching the droguettes, the next time i deployed the drogue i attached a polyprop line to the drogue line and then to retrieve just winched it all in over the stern. I found the centre polyprop line to be far easier to use than the bridle lines as it kept the stern central and i didnt need to release either bridle form the cleats
until all the pressure was off them.
(the first time i retreived the drogue took 1 1/2 hours, once i 'd got this method sorted it took 20 minutes).
I also used floats on the bridle lines to keep them from snagging my boarding ladder and hydrovane steering
All in all everything worked magnificently and i cannot sing the Jordan Drogues praises loud enough, many thanks Mr Jordan and many thanks Ace sailmakers, may all your wishes and dreams come true a thousand times over.
Brilliance left Ushuaia, Argentina
, 54 49íS 68 18W, bound for Cape Town
, South Africa
, Saturday 15th December 2007. 2 POB
The first port of call was Puerto Williams, 54 56S 67 37W a Chilean navy
base situated approximately 25 miles east of Ushuaia on the Beagle Channel. The night of the 15th was spent alongside the old navy
ship the Micalvi (known as the most southern yacht club in the world) whilst we waited for the following day to clear out of South America
and then head
for the Falklands.
Sunday 16th December 2007
from Puerto Williams and head
east again down the beagle channel for another 35 miles or so to an anchorage called Isla Gardiner, 55 01S 66 55W
Monday 17th December 2007
Depart Isla Gardiner 14:12z
Tuesday 18th December 2007
arrive Puerto Hoppner, Islas Estados, 54 46S 64 24W, 05:00z after a night crossing of Estrecho de la Maire, using radar
for entrance as pitch
black and no moon.
Spend 2 days in the anchorage waiting for a small depression to pass over.
Thursday 20th December 2007
1500z Depart Puerto Hoppner and head NE for the Falklands
Friday 21st December 2007
1840z 53 15S 61 34w
Saturday 22nd December 2007
1300z Anchor in Snug Cove, East Falkland, 52 11S 59 25W.
Had to use engine
most of the way as very little wind and what there was came from the NE.
Decided to anchor here for the night as although wind was finally beginning to pick up from the SW we didnít fancy the night passage
up the south east coast
Sunday 23rd December 2007
0755z Depart Snug Cove
Arrive Stanley, 51 41S 57 52W, 2230z
Clear in with customs
and New Year in various anchorages
trying to dodge the worst of the constant strong winds, change oil
and filter and fill up diesel
, gas and water.
Lovely time and lovely memories.
Tuesday 8th January 2008
1310z Depart Stanley bound for Grytviken, South Georgia
Wednesday 9th January 2008
1300z 51 53S 55 36W
Thursday 10th January 2008
1430z 52 18S 54 18W
Friday 11th January 2008
1318z 52 43S 5213W
gales were forecast
for 0600z this morning but nothing as yet though the mbs are dropping quite quickly now.
1600z gales a comin storm jibs up.
Saturday 12th January 2008
1600z 52 11S 48 58W
took a lot of water over the stern last night but we were battened down and it was all over by morning, little wind now and mb rising nicely.
Sunday 13th January 2008
1343z 52 52S 46 31W
Monday 14th January 2008
1344z 52 32S 43 52W
Tuesday 15th January 2008
1000z first sighting of ice bergs
1330z 53 13S 40 57W
995mb and dropping, another blow on the way.
2100z hove to.
Wednesday 16th January 2008
1130z begin sailing again.
1330z 53 37s 39 17W
1335z starboard lower shroud
breaks away, saddle at deck
plate snapped, use ropes to try to secure but they keep on snapping as the forces are too great, eventually manage to use shackles.
Thursday 17th January 2008
0700z Arrive Elsehul, South Georgia
, 54 01S 37 57W.
Distance 734nm 9 days
Friday 18th January 2008
At anchor Elsehul
day and pyjama day.
Saturday 19th January 2008
Depart Elsehul 0945
Arrive Blue Whale Harbour 1950z 54 04S 37 01W
Sunday 20th January 2008
Depart Blue Whale Harbour 1300z
Arrive Jason Harbour 2030z 54 12S 36 35W
Monday 21st January 2008
Depart Jason Harbour 1100z
Arrive Grytviken 1400z 54 16S 36 30W
Whilst in Grytviken I replaced the starboard shroud
saddle, checked all the other deck
fittings and climbed the mast
to check all rigging
and attachments aloft. All ok.
A small but vital part on the hydrovane
system broke during a blow whilst we were moored at the dock
, the nice engineer
at the Antarctic survey
base offered to make a new one if we would do some painting in return, we were more than happy to oblige, it saved us many days and expense waiting for a new one from England
Tuesday 29th January 2008
Depart Grytviken 1300z bound for Cape Town
, South Africa
Good wind from SW, 989mb and heading north to clear Antarctic convergence zone.
Dodging ice bergs.
Wednesday 30th January 2008
1330z 52 33S 35 32W SW, 993mb
still dodging icebergs
Thursday 31st January 2008
1250z 5115S 34 44W SW, 993mb
still dodging ice bergs
Friday 1st February 2008
1430z 49 25S 33 58W NW, 1002mb
notice a low developing on grib files so as the evening darkens decide to heave to for the night.
Not seen any ice today.
Saturday 2nd February 2008
1158z 48 50S 32 24W SW8+, 994mb
hove to all last night, launched Jordan Drogue at 1000z this morning, even with drogue out still moving NE at 3-4kts.
1700z Drogue brought in.
set for evening, heading E.
Sunday 3rd February 2008
1750z 47 57S 30 17W SE5+, 987mb due to start rising by 0000z
Monday 4th February 2008
0255z 47 21S 30 08W little wind 989mb
on to keep heading N as quick as possible and its lovely to be able to have the heater
on and look forward to having a hot shower
1000z NW2-3, 993mb,
Engine off, main and genoa
out, lovely sailing.
Tuesday 5th February 2008
1400z 46 01S 29 00W N 986mb
Wednesday 6th February 2008
1340z 44 58S 28 25W W5, 1000mb
Thursday 7th February 2008
0845z 43 52S 27 34W, N5-6 increasing, 1009mb
heading SE, pressure due to continue to drop all day.
1610z 1002mb NW7-8+ Jordan Drogue deployed.
1730z aerogen wind generator
complete blade assembly blown off.
(there is a bolt that holds the assembly onto the shaft, because of the wind strength I can easily uderstand the bolt becoming loose even though I had used loctite on it but there is also a pretty heavy duty spring clip on the end of the shaft and I cannot imagine the force involved to dislodge that, its difficult enough using the proper tool)
2200z 999mb NW8+
Friday 8th February 2008
0500z 44 08S 26 35W W8+ 1001mb
2100z 44 05S 25 54W W7-8 1009mb
Saturday 9th February 2008
0100z 44 03S 25 45W NW6-7 1011mb
0900z 43 58S 25 30W W5 1016mb
1411z 43 54S 25 22W W3-4 1019mb
1500z Drogue recovered.
Sunday 10th February 2008
1000z 43 02S 24 07W W3-4 1017mb
1500z 43 00S 23 40W NW6-7+ 1015mb
Jordan Drogue deployed.
1800z 43 04s 23 40W W 8+ 1011mb
Monday 11th February 2008
0530z 43 24S 23 09W W8+ 1000mb
0935z 43 31S 22 60W 998mb
1309z 43 33s 22 51W 999mb
1630z Drogue recovered.
Tuesday 12th February 2008
0430z Jordan drogue deployed
0512z 43 05S 2217W S8+ 1002mb
1112z 42 50S 22 21W 1017mb
1647z 42 44S 22 25W 1022mb
Wednesday 13th February 2008
0640z 42 27W 22 17W SW5-6 1028mb
wind decreased considerably, went on deck to recover Dogue.
Swell and seas too confused for recovery so went below to wait awhile, within 2 minutes of going below there was a loud bang, on deck the D part of the lower starboard rigging
deck plate had sheared at the bolts and the starboard lower shroud was whipping back and forth like a viper on steroids. I quickly attached the spinnaker
pole topping lift
to the centre cleat and tried to tie the swinging shrouds bottle screw with ropes to same but the ropes kept breaking as soon as a new one was tied, iris went below and got the spare shackles bag. This whole new nightmare was a replay of a couple of weeks ago except this time the deck plate had gone and there was nowhere to attach the shroud to. The mast
was now bending like a deranged banana and jumping up and down off the deck with me holding on to the shroud for all I was worth, the motion of the boat wasnít helping as each time it rolled to starboard I was slowly rolling off the side of the boat, although I had clipped myself on I was still getting very close to a salt water
bath. Iris was able to hand me the largest shackle which I attached to the saddle of the swinging shroud and then with lucky timing and numerous attempts I was able to attach this to the cap shroud deckplate. The shroud was now temporarily secured but for how long was anybodys guess, because of the angles of attachment it would constantly be under stress. I also attached the spinaker pole topping lift
to this point as the centre cleat was starting to bulge out of the deck (cleats are designed for horizontal forces not vertical), for now, things were secure.
We both sat in the cockpit looking up at the mast which had taken on a strange twisted bendy look and were very grateful it had at least happened at a time when we could see what we were doing.
Then we noticed that just where the shroud attached to the mast it was beginning to shred the wires, I considered trying to climb the mast and wrap ropes around the spreaders and back down to the deck but apart from the practical difficulty of that particlular manouvere there was nothing strong enough to tie them to on the deck anyway.
I went to each shroud and stay attachment and straightened the split pins so they would be easier to pull out, we readied the bolt cutters, hacksaw and honda
generator/electric grinder, iris cut all the sheets
and halyards at the mast and in the cockpit, when the mast goes we may at least have a chance of it going straight over with as little input as possible from ourselves.
The next problem would be, no mast, no comunication as thatís where the SSB
aeriel is attached.
If a mast breaks or goes over the side of a boat thatís bad, but if, as is very possible, it goes over the side and puts a hole in the side or hull of the boat, thatís very very bad (this is a plastic/grp boat).
After an hour or more of sitting in the cockpit and watching the mast with bated breath every time the boat rolled on its sides (the winds had died down considerably by this time but the swell was still huge and the waves were very confused) we had debated all the possibilties and unknowns we could think of. As we were smack bang in the middle of the South Atlantic we did not expect any help or rescue but we did want to at least let our predicament be known (so family
would know where we went down) and so with a feeling of embarrasment, sadness and emptiness in our stomachs we activated the Electronic Positioning Radio
We also tried to call on all the distress
frequencies using hf radio
but had no luck with any contact. Fortunately I had an email
facility (SAILMAIL) using hf radio
, digital transmissions tend to be far stronger than voice transmission
so I looked up the email address of Falmouth Coastguard and sent a mayday by email. The only problem with this type of communication is it generally takes about 1.5 hrs to receive a reply, I have to send the email to a shore station which then sends it on to the receiving station who then replies to the shore station who then sends it back to the ship.
The mayday was sent at 1146z
MAYDAY MAYDAY MAYDAY
SAILING YACHT BRILLIANCE
CALL SIGN MEVV5
POSITION 42 26S 022 14W SOUTH ATLANTIC OCEAN
39FT WHITE HULL
AT PRESENT STILL WITH BOAT WE WERE HEADING FOR SOUTH AFRICA
SO IN A NE DIRECTION, BUT ARE NOW USING A JORDAN SERIES DROGUE AND SO ARE BEING TRACKED SUBJECT TO WIND AND WAVES WHICH FORTUNATELY AT PRESENT IS STILL NE
MAYDAY MAYDAY MAYDAY
MAY SOON LOSE MAST AND SO WILL ALSO LOSE ABILITY TO COMUNICATE.
Reply received 1405z
MAYDAY -Yacht BRILLIANCE - M E V V 5
THIS IS FALMOUTH COASTGUARD
We have received your distress
message & an EPIRB
All details have been passed to Argentina
in whose rescue area your position is.
We are speaking to UK authorities in the Falklands to see if there are any assets that can assist.
We will continue to speak to all authorities in an effort to assist you.
What comms do you have on board, including satphone details ?
What lifesaving apparatus do you have on board ?
What are your intentions?
What are your weather
+ 44 1326 317575
but not for long as mast about to collapse i have jury rigged as best i can and am continually assessing anything else i can do to save it but it is gonna come down sooner or later
radio plus handset
intend to stay on boat as long as possible the only problem is when the mast goes it may put a hole through her grp, ive tried to get things ready to cut away but its not an exact science.
this email connection is very poor as i have to rely on propogation and nobody else being on the freq. please contact sailmail and tell them the situation or they may cut me off anytime as i will be using to much of their airtime.
i lose this facility also when the mast falls down.
do you have a ssb voice frequency i can use?
the emails generally take about 1.5 hrs to go back and forth as it is sent via hf radio.
wx sw4/5 mod sea
ps. we have the castle beach cafe just below falmouth cg so bacon butties all round if we get out of this one and are open for the summer.
Mayday Yacht BRILLIANCE M E V V 5.
This is Falmouth Coastguard.
We are receiving updates on your position from the EPIRB.
The Tanker WAFRAH C6VX6 is proceeding to your assistance eta 24-28 Hours.
The Tanker will use VHF
radio CH 16 - to call when close to your position, ensure you keep your handheld radio with you if it is necessary to abandon
but stay with your vessel for as long as is possible.
Meanwhile to use SSB radio call;
TAUPO Radio ( New Zealand) callsign Z L M on frequencies 8291 mHz, 12290 mhz, 16420 mHz.
or Cape Town Radio who are listening on frequency 4125 kHz & respond on 4417Khz or listen 8255kHz & respond on 8779Khz.
They also maintain a distress watch on 12290 Khz
Either will relay any information to us at Falmouth. This can be used for routine calling to establish contact or if the situation deteriorates.
Could we also have the details of your liferaft
- colour, size, canopy ? ballast pockets?
many thanks for the info.
i had already been trying those frequencies all to no avail but i am very grateful that your email confirms that at least i had the correct frequencies set.
the liferaft is a zodiac
, black hull with orange canopy, 6 man, water ballast pockets, though we will try to load it with as much weight as possible to stabilize it as there are only 2 of us.
i am not sure how long the battery
will last on the epirb, its a tron 40s, should i turn it off and then turn it on every hour for 5 minutes or so, maybe that would save the battery
? we should maintain our present drift as the wx is predicted to remain same for a day or 2.
if all else fails thanks for trying
mike and iris
From Argentine Coast Guard received 2025z
----- Original Message -----
From: AGENCIA SAR
Sent: Wednesday, February 13, 2008 4:39 PM
Subject: SAR ARGENTINE
FORD YOUR INFORMATION YOU ARE ARGENTINE SEARCH AND RESCUE RESPONSABILITY WE PROCEED IN YOUR HELP. IN RED SAME INFORMATIED ABOUT GPS
POSITION AND REQUEST WEATHER
CONDITION IN ZONE. TANK VESSEL IS GOING IN YOUR HELP.
Falmouth CG received 2029z
MAYDAY Yacht BRILLIANCE
This is Falmouth Coastguard.
Leave the EPIRB activating as it provides an accurate updated position. The battery should last for a minimum 72 hours.
of the WAFRAH is updated on the situation, he is preparing the crew & equipment
is British so comms, when he passes instructions to recover you, will be no problems.
The ETA of the WAFRAH at your position is 1800UTC on 14 Feb.
Have passports and documents ready to go with you. Next port is Longbeach California
Stay positive, assistance is on its way.
Duty officer MRCC Falmouth
many thanks again for the info.
thanks to you we have hope.
mike n iris
i have received this email from the argentine sar but i do not understand what they want from me, please advise, though i do not think i will be able to receive email much longer.
<----- Original Message -----
From: AGENCIA SAR
Sent: Wednesday, February 13, 2008 4:39 PM
Subject: SAR ARGENTINE
FORD YOUR INFORMATION YOU ARE ARGENTINE SEARCH AND RESCUE RESPONSABILITY WE PROCEED IN YOUR HELP. IN RED SAME INFORMATIED ABOUT GPS
POSITION AND REQUEST WEATHER CONDITION IN ZONE. TANK VESSEL IS GOING IN YOUR HELP.
Received your last email.
MRCC Argentina now have co-ordination of this MAYDAY. They request the present weather conditions.
MT WAFRAH is proceeding to you, ETA 141900UTC.
Leave your EPIRB ON - it will help to locate your vessel.
If you need to abandon to your liferaft, take the EPIRB with you and a portable radio. Also try to send a final message via email.
Thursday 14th February 2008
0840z 42 10S 21 54W W3-4 1027mb
1110z 42 08S 21 49W W3-4 1027mb
Received 1136z 14th Feb
1. MT WAFRAH is still proceeding to your position at 17kts. Request an update on your situation including your latest position and weather conditions. I am able to confirm that your EPIRB is working well.
14th feb 1148z
very poor this morning.
pos: 42 07s 021 48w
wx: 1027mb, sw 3/4, mod sea.
amazingly still have mast, fortunate because of relativey calm wx,
basically shaken but not yet stirred
all well aboard
mike n iris
1330z 42 04S 021 45W W3-4 1027mb
1330z The next communication we heard was over the vhf radio, it was the tanker WAFRAH and they were calling another ship whos name we couldnít make out, it was surprising we heard them at all as they were still 60nm away and our vhf aeriel had been blown away.
1620z spoke to WAFRAH who advised us that another ship PAN VOYAGER was also on its way
1720z 42 00S 021 45W W3-4 1026mb
1749z vhf contact made with Pan Voyager, ETA 1hr.
1811z PAN VOYAGER in sight, 8nm west.
The sight of PAN VOYAGER brought a mixture of emotions, we were relieved that help was at hand but deeply saddened that we would be leaving BRILLIANCE, to all appearances there was nothing wrong with her, but a cursory inspection
of the rigging showed that the starboard lower shroud was hanging on by a thread, spider webs were appearing around all the deck plates and every now and then a sharp, heart stopping, cracking sound could be heard. It was amazing that the mast had stayed up for so long, we had been very very fortunate with the weather/wind for the past 35 hours, whilst there was still a 4-5 meter swell the confused seas had died down the rolling motion had eased considerably and the decks were no longer awash though the mast was still lifting from the deck every now and then.
1930z PAN VOYAGER hove to and BRILLIANCE motored up to a ladder that had been thrown over the side, we had prepared a couple of grab bags with basics in case we had to take to the liferaft and these were hoisted up by the crew above us, then Iris had to make a leap for the ladder only to find that during the time from when she left BRILLIANCE the swell had dropped about 14 feet and she was hanging on for dear life, within the next 10 seconds BRILLIANCE was coming back up towards her like a
ballistic missile, the entire crew above had covered their eyes and my heart stopped as Iris deftly stepped back aboard BRILLIANCE like someone stepping off a high speed train without a care in the world. Another 2 heart stopping attempts were made before she finally made it and clambered up to the deck above.
Then came the real heartbreak, I went below switched off the EPIRB, cut open all the sea water pipe inlets and opened the seacocks, with seawater gushing in I took a last look around at my dear ship and wondered if I had really done all I could to save her. The answer is yes, the mast could not of stood up to any more violent rolling and another storm was on its way, if I didnít leave the ship now then it wouldnít be long before I didnít have a choice, we were slap bang in the middle of the South Atlantic ocean
and a lot of people had gone to a lot of trouble to come and get us. There was nowhere for me to tie any ropes to to keep the mast up and obvious signs of wear and tear were becoming more apparent every minute. I closed up the hatches stood once more at the wheel
to steer her into the PAN VOYAGER then made a mad dash out of the cockpit and leapt over the guardrail as the swell took her up to what I hoped was the highest point on the ladder, it seemed to work
as I soon found myself being hauled up on deck by many helping hands.
I havenít mentioned in the log the countless times we were pooped or the countless times we were knocked down, reason being is it happened so often it stopped becoming a novelty. The wind speeds mentioned were taken from grib files of the time as my anenometer had blown off years ago, I would estimate/know they were considerably higher than stated.
The liferaft had been serviced in Ushuaia and already had flares, water, torch, mirror, radar
kit and emergency
thermal blankets in it but we made up two grab bags with items rated for importance.
1st bag (waterproof), all extra flares, 2 thermal blankets, 2L water, handheld gps, binoculars, 2 toilet
rolls (the wifes idea), fishing
line and lures, survival handbook (if nothing else it would be something to read), 2 tins heinz baked beans, 2 tins ham. There was no significance to the amount of food
, it was all we could fit in, if we had to abandon to the liferaft I doubt we would of lived long enough to of eaten it anyway.
2nd bag (large laundry
bag) clothes, 4L water, 4 tins baked beans, 2 tins ham. 4 books
Fortunatley we didnít need the 1st bag but it was handy to be able to take the 2nd bag on to the Pan Voyager.
In our pockets we carried handheld vhf, compass
As a pilot I always used to walk around the aircraft and check that everything worked and was screwed or bolted on as it should be, fuel
was good, engine was good, oil
was good, radios and electrics all good.
I do exactly the same with a boat but sometimes bad things happen and when they do it helps if, when on passage
, you always have your toolbox and all spares/shackles/splitpins/hoseclips etc. easily accessible, if things go wrong you donít have time to rummage around under the bunk and you wont be entertaining guests so sitting on a screwdriver wont be a problem.
I normally sail singlehanded and so try to be ready for any thing. My wife Iris was with me on this voyage ostensibly because she Ďsaidí she wanted to visit South Georgia (she later told me she had a bad feeling about the trip when I first mentioned it last year and didnít want me to be on my own) I would not of managed without her, she kept a cool head and great presence of mind all through the experience.
To all the people involved, Coast Guards, Wafrah, Pan Voyager, Sailmail, I could not, in a million years, convey enough thank yous.
I am now looking for another boat to continue the journey, most people think the forestay is the most likely to break and so fit an emegency forestay, as I had, (the westerly also has a baby stay), but after this experience i will make sure the next boat has at least 2 lowers each side.
I will never leave a port without a Jordan series drogue either.
Brilliance was a 39í Westerly Sealord, SD4 built in 1984, I had owned her since 1995.
All new rigging in í97, a new starboard lower shroud had also been fitted in 2002.
If you have any questions that arise from this article please contact yachting monthly and I will answer them in the next issue.
I can use something like this to cheer the old man up once in a while. Cheers, Don (Jordan)
----- Original Message
Sent: Sunday, February 03, 2008 10:51 PM
Subject: The Jordan Drogue
Dear Mr. Jordan,
I'm a former pilot and still sail, and am writing to you to express both my amazement and thanks for the marvelous thinking which created the Jordan drogue. Year after this we will return to sea with a different boat, and definitely with a Jordan drogue. I would be mad to leave shore without a Jordan drogue. Far into the future sailors are going to be singing your praises.
Best Regards, John
2 hurricanes a few storms
been in hurricane georges and michelle in my tartan 37.
also in a VERY bad storm in about 2001 3 lows came together-weathermen said to stop and do not go further north in our tartan 37.
wound up with the jordan series drogue out (worked like a charm) about 500 miles south of bermuda
. when the srorm was over 7 boats were abandoned. after that 2 water spouts and 2 more gales before reaching bermuda.
this november we were heading to the carib from newport
just south of the stream. . we were sailing in 50+ knots on our Amel as was my friend
bill in a 64 Oyster
. he was hit with a microburst , which he feels was over 100 knots. knocked down, main destroyed, dodger
made it to bermuda and ordered new sail.
we dont count Gails anymore.as it is common to run into one in november or late april in the atlantic.
Amel Super Maramu
charlie--jordan series drogue
on my tartan we fastened the drogue to the primary winches and it worked fine.
i know jordan suggests straps on the stern- but when it gets to drogue time i doubt you want to be hanging over the stern. i have the new drogue for my amel set up to attach to my stern cleats and use rolling hitches to adjust the bridle with the primary winches.
the ride on the tattan with the jordan series drogue was smooth and we were only pooped twice by a couple of humongous breaking waves.Nothing would have helped in those conditions.
I am suspicious of the worth of the gail rider and others as they rely on one device. if it pops out of the water you are screwed. watching the jordan working was amazing some of it was in the water some was out but always a constand pull on the bridle and no tugging or jerking of the boat. i doubt one device would behave the same way.
incidentally I had installed 2 inch scuppers in the tartan 37 and the cockpit drained quickly. once i was in the cockpit once i was below. quite an interesting experience to be rolled over by a wave.
Amel Super Maramu
i forgot to mention the retreival.
when the wind dropped to 40 knots the boat started rocking swiftly from beam to beam. Very uncomfortable. We were told by herb to stay where we were and not to head further north (7 boats were abandoned to our North). when morning finally came i called ACE sailmakers and asked Dave about the rolling--he had no answer. he said to call mr jordan (on the sat phone) I discussed the problem with Mr Jordan--he sounded like a very old man. he finally said "i know what the proiblem is" i asked what is it . he said " not enough wind" we all got a chuckle out of that.
later we retreived the drogue. it was rather easy. as the boat rolled we pulled in the drogue when it was slack on a primary winch. when the boat rolled back it tightened up the drogue and when it rolled back we had more slack, i never had to winch it in the rolling and pulling made it simple. it took about 20-30 minutes to pull it all in.
DON"T LEAVE HOME WITHOUT IT>
I spent months making it, but I don't regret a minute of the work because it saved our SeaRunner
, and us on our maideN sea passage from Florida
to the Virgin ISLANDS
The Jordan Series Drogue deployed easily and smoothly and immediately slowed us from 8 knots to .6 knots under bare poles.
Our strongly built stern lifted easily and smoothly in the oncoming water.
An occasional breaking wave dumped several QUARTS of seawater
in around the window gasket
Although the rushing and pounding noises were terrific below, we were able to rest because the movement of the boat was quieter regular and predictable.
The pressure on the drogue line alternated rhymmically between the 2 arms of the bridle, the tension was surprisingly light and the winches could be adjusted easily.