Originally Posted by PCP
Thanks for posting. Great reading...and sad luck the one of all those guys.
At least this Captain was trying to evade a Hurricane, not sailing into one
THE SHIP AND THE STORM is a riveting read, highly recommended...
I thought I had mentioned the loss of the FANTOME previously re the unpredictability of late-season hurricanes originating in the Western Caribbean, but I see now that I had not... But certainly, every tall ship captain would have been familiar with the story, and the surreal manner in which Mitch literally stalked, and then killed, the FANTOME... Only furthers one's bewilderment at Walbridge's decision to attempt to outwit another late-season storm spawned in roughly the same area as Mitch...
Some may recall that the Caribbean 1500 rally wound up getting hammered pretty good that year, as well... 2 boats were abandoned, fortunately without any loss of life... But, the historical unpredictability of storms like Lenny, Mitch, Wilma, and now Sandy, really highlights the risks of making the passage from the east coast to the islands, while ANYTHING of a tropical nature might be brewing in the Western Caribbean... Mitch literally came back from the dead, to take a shot at the fleet of boats headed to the islands that fall. Charlie Doane's account of how the rally fleet dealt with the remnants of Mitch is a worthwhile read, as well: