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Missing Sailboat found!

I've been listening to the USCG searching for these guys for 11 days. They could have picked a better time of year to go offshore in a 30' boat in the N. Atlantic...but thank god all are safe. No EPIRB...Here's the story:

LONDON, Ont. -- Two Londoners missing at sea for 11 days and feared dead after a failed Coast Guard search have been found alive off the coast of South Carolina.
Paul Shore and Brock Argyle, both in their 50s, managed to hail a fisherman and get their badly damaged, nine-metre sailboat towed to Georgetown, S.C.
"I feel much better today. I was able to touch ground, real ground," Shore said by phone.
The men arrived Thursday but only made contact with family and friends yesterday.
"Oh my God. They were found," one close friend said. "I just bawled my eyes out."



The two men survived a three-day storm that smashed 11-metre-high waves and 110-km/h winds into their sailboat, Pride.
They spent the next eight days inching the damaged boat to shore, watching one potential rescuer pass by, wondering if anyone would find them in the Atlantic.
"We were just a little speck of salt in the ocean," Shore said.
Their food ran out just before they hailed a man, their "new best friend," fishing off the S.C. coast, Shore said.
Shore and Brock have sailed out of Port Stanley for years.
"My dream was always to sail down the east coast," said Shore, a hotel and restaurant manager. "We had been planning this for a long time."
The two sailors left Lewes, Del., for Panama on Nov. 30.
They were supposed to check in with family and friends on Dec. 2. By Dec. 9, with no word, a friend contacted the U.S. Coast Guard.
The Coast Guard scoured the ocean from Delaware to Florida, then called off the search Dec. 12.
Just after noon Dec. 13, their eyes fell, with great relief, on a distant smokestack and to the north, some houses and then the fisherman.
By 9:30 p.m. they had been towed.
http://www.torontosun.com/News/Canad...26036-sun.html
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What's with the NASCAR type advertisment in your post??

Are you now sponsored by Walmart??

Geee...that's nuts....

I am going to report you to the mods for SPAM!!!
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Fixed it...Firefox wouldn't show it or let me edit it...Explorer did. Wierd!
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That was an accident??

I thought that your posts now would be sided by commercials...like the race cars..(G)
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That's a crazy story...you don't go out into the Atlantic in a 30 footer without a sail plan, checking in with the CG, and these days, a EPIRB. Where was the handheld VHF? Where were the flares?

As is usual with these stories, the very details that I want to know are absent because a landlubber focused on the "rescue" wrote it. I want to know why they went so far offshore, were they dismasted, etc.

I'm glad they are OK, just as I am glad that anyone beats those kind of odds, but I never know whether to cheer their seamanship, or to curse their ignorance.
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We too heard those Coast Guard calls as we were traveling South. We are relieved to hear that the men on Pride are alive and back to shore now.
Happy Holidays to them and their families!
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Ummm... what the hell were they thinking... ????? Did they even have the minimum required safety gear aboard??? It sure doesn't sound like it. They were going from Delaware to Panama and they set off into the teeth of a Nor'easter??? Were they trying for a Darwin Award???
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Ummm... what the hell were they thinking... ????? Did they even have the minimum required safety gear aboard??? It sure doesn't sound like it. They were going from Delaware to Panama and they set off into the teeth of a Nor'easter??? Were they trying for a Darwin Award???
On December 2 when they headed out, I can find no nor'easter predicted
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I've been listening to the USCG searching for these guys for 11 days.
Cam, is that on some HF channel or do you mean on a local UHF/VHF channel ? I'd enjoy listening to the CG talk about stuff like this but I don't know where to listen in for it if it is on HF. Thanks!
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Nah...just VHF16...Oregon Inlet Coast guard was the lead on this and I am within listening distance to them. You might try this for some listening fun!
http://www.bigdumboat.com/network.html

Or one of these:
http://www.docksideradio.com/east_coast.htm
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