There have been numerous reports of this poor vessel, including a front page article in the Washington Post this morning.
I believe the boat was not a Hunter, but rather a Catalina 30.
The couple were identified....a guy and his girlfriend, both ex-military. They live aboard with their cats.
According to the articles they went aground near Willoughby Beach after bouncing off or over a barrier seawall.
Heading for Annapolis -- well over 100 miles distant to the north?
Outrun a hurricane moving north at 14mph, in a 30' sailboat against wind and seas and current?
In the Chesapeake where square waves are typical?
I think not. Someone just badly misjudged the situation.
Clearly, this was a case of inexperienced sailors who misjudged their boat, the conditions, and their own capabilities.
They anchored off what was soon to become a lee shore and hurricane conditions, when to all appearances they could rather easily have made safe harbor downwind under sail (jib alone if need be) or even bare poles.
Once Irene's winds set in, they were from the north and northeast all day long on Saturday, with gusts in the 60-80 knot range. This boat reportedly anchored on Friday night under fairly benign conditions, and was thrown up on the shore next morning -- long before the real weather set in.
A real shame, and a lesson to us all.
Hope they somehow manage to get her off the beach before the County or the Feds do it for them.
Last edited by btrayfors; 08-29-2011 at 06:24 PM.