My wife and I were recently asked by a friend to help his friend move a boat
from the Chesapeak to the US Virgin Islands
Not the smartest thing we ever let our selves get talked into, the boat
is a Hunter
34, yes I now know that they are allergic to salt water
and get sea sick when not in sight of land.
We timed it almost perfectly wrong.
We were caught in some truely rough conditions off the coast and across the gulf stream
, but so was every one else that week so it wasn't just me!
A friend became concerned having watched the weather
desend into madness as far as he was concerned.
When we left we told him we would be out of contact for between 12 and 20 days depending on the weather
After 12 days his nerve snapped and he contacted the local Coast Guard station to see if they could help locate us and the boat. There was no HF radio
and we dont have Sat Phone
The USVI Coast Guard contacted both Bermuda
Coast Guard and Hampton Roads
to see if any contact had been made.
While we sail we like to say hello to fellow sailors at sea and this truely paid off.
We had spoken to 2 sailing vessels on their way to Bermuda
and when asked one of the vessels could confirm that we were fine and our location and time of contact.
So thank you US Coast Guard for your diligent work
and to the sailing vessel Pelagi for keeping an accurate log.