Message from zingaro...
James and Kim have a Youtube channel and sent this message out last night.
At approximately 2:30am on December 23rd the starboard hull
of Zingaro separated from the bridge deck
and started tearing away from the boat
We were approx. 40nm off the South coast of Hawaii's big island with 30kt winds and 20' seas.
Over the coarse of the next two hours we managed to wrap Spectra lines around the boat
and take them to the winches, but with the big seas the lines were parting and cutting into the boat.
The cost guard was notified approx. 4:45am, and they offered a helicopter rescue
, which we hesitantly declined. The CG cutter
Oliver Berry was briefed and scheduled to depart at 13:00 to assist and possibly transfer us to the boat. Due to sea state the ETA to cover the 170nm was 10pm-3am.
The order was given to 'prepare to abandon ship', and we packed up everything we could (including our water
maker) into three bags.
At approximately 9:30pm the cutter
arrived (they themselves lost
and had many sick crew members from motoring at 23kts into the huge seas) By that time we were able to start the port engine
into the Lee of the island, thereby reducing the sea state significantly.
During our scary repair
phase, we snapped off the stbd strut and bent the prop shaft 75 deg, so the stbd engine was lost
Upon the Oliver Berry's arrival it was decided that the sea state was still too high to attempt a tow, and we would continue motoring through the night until it could be reassessed at first light. During the night, the CG transferred 15 gallons of diesel
to us via their tender
. A bit dangerous in itself. Glow sticks were tied to the jugs in case they were to fall into the water
We managed to limp in to the Honokohau fuel dock
with the CG escort. They were wonderful, and said they were watching our episodes on the way down to us. They told us we were very professional in the way we handled it, and we were actually calming THEM down during our hourly reports over VHF
Kim and i are proud to say we saved the boat. We worked together like a week old machine, with no time for anything but action. We thought for SURE we would be abandoning Zingaro, so for Her to be in the marina safe... I'm very proud. We never called mayday and didn't pop the EPIRB
. We did what we needed to do in a crisis. That said, we learned a bit, and we'll go over that too.
We owe most of the success to the USCG. Without them we would have been in a whole lot more trouble. Everything they did was on point and professional. I couldn't have been more impressed.
Unfortunately the boat is in horrible shape. We will talk more of our plans in the Livestream Sunday.