Backpackers winched from stricken yacht - SailNet Community
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 15 Old 02-11-2008 Thread Starter
tdw
Super Fuzzy Moderator
 
tdw's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Sydney Australia
Posts: 16,525
Thanks: 15
Thanked 105 Times in 98 Posts
Rep Power: 10
     
Backpackers winched from stricken yacht

This thing went aground in the Whitsundays. Damn what an ugly ugly mess that is. It looks like someone built a shed for some portaloos on the foredeck.

I loath going out on charter cruises of any description but I don't think you could get me on that monstrosity with an Ak47.

Still and all, everyone was taken off safely which is good I suppose even though they were backpackers.


http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2...12/2160269.htm

Andrew B

“Life is a trick, and you get one chance to learn it.”
― Terry Pratchett, Nation

Malo 39 Classic
tdw is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 15 Old 02-11-2008
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Alaska
Posts: 260
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 8
 
Wombat - Engine quit on it ?
Not much detail in the artical.
Danny33 is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
post #3 of 15 Old 02-12-2008
Senior Member
 
artbyjody's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Bellingham, PNW
Posts: 3,146
Thanks: 0
Thanked 1 Time in 1 Post
Rep Power: 11
       
Definitely not your typical sailing or motor-sail yacht.... did they ever post a follow-up story - it was kinda lacking in details...glad everyone came ok though..

-- Jody

S/V "
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
" -
1983, Barberis Show 38! or
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.



To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.







artbyjody is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
post #4 of 15 Old 02-12-2008 Thread Starter
tdw
Super Fuzzy Moderator
 
tdw's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Sydney Australia
Posts: 16,525
Thanks: 15
Thanked 105 Times in 98 Posts
Rep Power: 10
     
Apparently there has been some nasty weather up in those parts. A number of craft have got into strife , mainly, I believe due to dragging anchors. If I get any more info I'll post it.


edit - extra extra read all about it. This from the Qld Courier Mail.

http://www.news.com.au/couriermail/s...57-952,00.html

and this

http://www.news.com.au/couriermail/

Andrew B

“Life is a trick, and you get one chance to learn it.”
― Terry Pratchett, Nation

Malo 39 Classic

Last edited by tdw; 02-12-2008 at 02:41 AM.
tdw is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
post #5 of 15 Old 02-12-2008
Owner, Green Bay Packers
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: SW Michigan
Posts: 10,318
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 12
       
Looks like one of those, "let's see if we can get in closer for a better look" incidents. (g) Glad they're OK. Probably won't even remember what they took the cruise for, just the exotic helo ride.

“Scientists are people who build the Brooklyn Bridge and then buy it.”
Wm. F. Buckley, Jr.
sailaway21 is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
post #6 of 15 Old 02-12-2008
Future liveaboard
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: Wisconsin/Lake Michigan
Posts: 63
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 10
 
What's wrong with backpackers?

[quote=tdw;264123]This thing went aground in the Whitsundays. Damn what an ugly ugly mess that is. It looks like someone built a shed for some portaloos on the foredeck.

I loath going out on charter cruises of any description but I don't think you could get me on that monstrosity with an Ak47.

Still and all, everyone was taken off safely which is good I suppose even though they were backpackers.



So what's with your comment on backpackers? Does that term have a different meaning down-unda? Where I come from it means someone who takes extended hikes through any backcountry carrying all he/she needs to be self sufficient, while leaving no trace and doing no harm. Kind of how I think sailors/cruisers should be!

It sounds like they were using the boat to ferry them to a trailhead to start their hikes. Many people I know, including my wife and I, are sailors & hikers (backpackers), and I would guess many others on SailNet are also.
SailMonkey is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
post #7 of 15 Old 02-12-2008
Moderator
 
JohnRPollard's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Chesapeake
Posts: 5,680
Thanks: 0
Thanked 4 Times in 3 Posts
Rep Power: 10
     
Here's another link with additional footage of the storm. NOTE you must by-pass the advertisement by clicking on the link for the video "Australian Shipwreck":

http://www.cnn.com/video/#/video/wor...k.sevennetwork

I was surprised by the number of multi-hulls driven ashore...
JohnRPollard is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
post #8 of 15 Old 02-12-2008
Owner, Green Bay Packers
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: SW Michigan
Posts: 10,318
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 12
       
That looks to me like the job could have been done more easily, safely, and faster via breeches buoy to shore. Of course few, if any, of the rescue services carry the gear for such any more. This should not be construed as a criticism of any specific rescue services, just an observation.

I'm unaware of any prejudice that sailors might have against long-haired, vermin-infested, odiferous backpackers frolicking about the woods. (strictly a tongue-in-cheek comment!)

“Scientists are people who build the Brooklyn Bridge and then buy it.”
Wm. F. Buckley, Jr.
sailaway21 is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
post #9 of 15 Old 02-12-2008
baDumbumbum
 
bobmcgov's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Windy Wyoming
Posts: 1,126
Thanks: 0
Thanked 36 Times in 35 Posts
Rep Power: 9
 
As I understand it -- and Monsieur de Marsup should correct me here -- 'backpacker' in Oz connotes a particular species of rootless, callow youth schlumpfing around, panhandling booze money, and generally avoiding responsibility. Sort of like Fort Lauderdale hangers-on, or the dopers at Goa. Or like the difference between "motorcycle rider" and "biker" in the US, perhaps?

Although how any country that celebrates its rovers-on-the-make and rates "Waltzing Matilda" the unofficial anthem can bust on slackers, we have no idea. Must be a generational thing.

Buccaneer18, Grainnia
SJ21, Diarmuid
Albin Ballad 30, Fionn
bobmcgov is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
post #10 of 15 Old 02-12-2008
Señor Member
 
TrueBlue's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: Narragansett Bay
Posts: 4,853
Thanks: 0
Thanked 1 Time in 1 Post
Rep Power: 13
     
In the video, these young adventure seekers were described as "European backpackers", who most likely chose to travel this way due to their tight budgets and desire to see the world. "Rootless, callow youth . . . panhandling booze money" may apply to some, but I think that's a gross generalization.

When we did this during college, instead of traveling first class and staying in 4-star hotels, we slept in hostels, traveled with rail passes and through group charters - all the while living out of our packs. Similarly as well, to how my daughter and her fiancee traveled during their extended European adventures together.

It's unfortunate their vacation ended this way - although the video link did show them being escorted to a 5-star resort after their rescue, without their packs, but luxurious - just the same.

True Blue . . .
sold the Nauticat
TrueBlue is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

By choosing to post the reply above you agree to the rules you agreed to when joining Sailnet.
Click Here to view those rules.

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the SailNet Community forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
Please note: After entering 3 characters a list of Usernames already in use will appear and the list will disappear once a valid Username is entered.


User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in









Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.




Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
C&C or Catalina MarsMachine Boat Review and Purchase Forum 59 02-27-2013 11:23 PM
Buying a Charter Yacht FootlooseCharters Buying a Boat Articles 3 09-02-2011 09:30 AM
THE Yacht Builder List T37Chef Boat Review and Purchase Forum 26 07-08-2011 05:51 AM
Coastguard praises Tory peer for rescuing crew of stricken yacht (Guardian Unlimited) NewsReader News Feeds 0 08-14-2006 10:15 PM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome