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post #21 of 26 Old 06-01-2007
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Sounds like standard operating procedure to offer assistance to another vessel you come across on the high seas. Happened to us going transatlantic as well. A French research vessel asked us over the radio if we needed anything. We said "Non, merci.", of course, and sailed on. These guys said "Yes, please." instead. Hope the experience makes them better sailors.
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Hey!! I use to use the Ironmain to heat cans of food. I was always careful to punch a hole in them first. But I know of one guy that failed to do so and you should know the rest of the story. If not? Try it.

Originally Posted by sailorjim99
You guys are showing the little green monster in your personality.
We all know that some people can't really sail and that is why they install the 'IRON MAINSAIL'. It is good for a lot of things. They were probably charging the batteries as well so they could have cold drinkies later.

I say good on your guys in the Forces for doing it. I hope some dropkick doesn't make it look like favored treatment for those fools in the Hylas.

And Wombat, what is this about fairy tales and real life coming true?
You will find out in about 24 hours from now. (I got your PM)

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[QUOTE=sailaway21]Kudos to the USN. This is hardly the first instance I've witnessed, or heard about, where they have lended such assistasnce. /QUOTE]
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It was 1984, east of Norfuk, and I believe it was Hurricane. Diana. My first midwatch and first flight deck walkdown aboard the USS Nimitz to check runway lights. They had taken her off shore because of the approaching storm. I had to stand at the 45 and was slightly concerned with foot slippage and the chance of grabbing a padeye before being blown over. Waves were comming over the bow of the big ship @ 1200 hrs when I was topside. Later around 0300 we rescued several survivors off of what looked to be, under the carbon arc, a 40+ ketch. It was pretty damn exciting for a west texas boy who had only seen the ocean once before. Actually, I was thinking, they gonna leave that big nice boat out here adrift?

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light winds = motor

18.5 knot winds = motor

This man needs a Nordhavn, not a Hylas.
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Originally Posted by SimonV
Help me out here.

They call for help, and the nice guys in uniform come over in the dinghy give them fresh fruit and how much Fuel ? . "Please sir could we have some more, about 400 gallons more"

Here's a link to the inflatable dingy that offered assistance - 36 footer:

Rigid hull inflatable boat (RHIB) - Navy Ships
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Originally Posted by bestfriend
You gotta be kidding me. First its light winds, so they motor, then its moderate winds and they motor. If you don't want to beat, turn dummy! You're in the ocean, you've got a little bit of room to put the seas to quarter and ride out those enormous 18-20 knot puffs. Theres gotta be more to the story.
I can only assume that the article is as wrong as every other article that I have ever read about anything to do with sailing. Otherwise, it is absurd that they would not be sailing more under these conditions.
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