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Re: HMS Bounty in trouble...

What I care about is NOTHING to do with the Bountys ship, captain or crew. What I care about is the myriad of cruisers and potential cruisers out there who, each year, sail around Cape Hatteras, through, across or against the Gulf Stream either in winter, Novermber and December, or in the Hurricane season June, and October.

It's those people who cannot wait till some enquiry is complete in two years time. They need reminding NOW that they should sail in the correct season, watch the weather, do not go through the Gulf Stream in more than 20 knots from the North, Or North East, and do not play with Northers, Hurricanes, Rages or the like.

Those are the points that can be gleaned from this disaster now and need to be disseminated now!

The Caribbean 1500 starts in 8 days and remember two years ago a woman was killed when a boat tried to enter a cut in the Bahamas in a Norther in Rage conditions.
We have 8 days to ensure these folks know the responsibility is on themselves to set off in this race, not the organizers. If a Northerly comes up they must not go into the Gulf Stream, nor try the Bahamas cuts. Nor leave port at all if the weather is that bad.

I don't need a ticket from a Kornflake packet to tell me that.


You missed the boat literally...the 1500 has already started. Maybe you do need that tuicket from the Kornflake packet

Having done the Carribean 1500 3 times I can tell you if you need to learn this lesson from a Sailnet Blog on a social media site you dont have enough experience to be in the 1500 in the first place.

To beleive it is possible to avoid any northerners when traveling this route in Novem/ Dec when fronts cross the eastern seaboard every three to four days is not possible. In the past the organizers have started the race wheb they CROSS THE GULF STREAM on a day when the wind direction/ GS current are minimal.

So tell me since you brought it up....what were the lessons of Rule 62?

So let me ask since you mentioned it

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