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Seaya pulled into Georgetown, SC on Weds. They experienced 50 kt winds, huge seas. Rode out part of the storm hove to. They blew out all their sails except their storm jib, no details. 2 out of the crew of 3 were sick as dogs. They turned around and crossed the gulf stream on storm jib alone doing 3 kts. I am amazed they didn't end up in Portugal. They claim the tartan handled very well in the huge seas.

The Hinckley arrived in Morehead City Thursday AM. They were knocked down 3 times, lost all electronics, blew out their main sail. No injuries.

Can't wait to hear the sea stories in person.

There is still one boat out there from the NARC, Tahawus. She does not seem to be moving. Don't know if shes hove to or has not updated the Spot for a while.

I did read an article that one boat on the NARC set abandoned ship, picked up by a freighter after rudder damage approaching Bermuda.

"“At approximately 3:30 pm [Sunday], the crew of M/V Oleander was involved in the successful recovery of four survivors from the 46 foot sailing vessel Elle a NARC rally participant, located approximately 200 miles northwest of Bermuda,” said a Maritime Operations spokesman.

The captain of Elle decided to abandon their vessel having encountered steering failure & subsequent injury to a crew member — bruised ribs — in 30 to 35 knot winds with seas ranging from 20 to 30 feet.

“The Oleander, en route, from New Jersey to Bermuda was diverted to the distress position and has since arrived in Hamilton Harbor this morning where the crew members were landed ashore. One of the survivors wished to express his gratitude for the professionalism shown by the captain and crew of the Oleander during the rescue operation.”

The Oleander is operated by Bermuda Container Lines.

Early Monday morning another NARC rally participant, the 49-foot Riot suffered steering failure on final approach to St. George’s Harbor and issued a distress call.

“Bermuda Maritime Operations Center tasked the Pilot boat St. George and tug Powerful to assist the vessel with winds averaging 30 to 35 knots during the rescue operation and attempts being made to keep the sailing vessel clear of the reef structure,” said the Marine Operations spokesman. “The yacht Riot, with six persons onboard, was safely guided into St. George’s Harbor a short while later.”
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