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Sailor lost on the Chesapeake

Saw this over on SA but didn't see any mention of this here. Seems a sailor was lost late last week apparently moving a new boat south.

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Really sad, but a reminder that even the bay can be harshly unforgiving of any mistake, especially this time of year where your survival in the water is measured in minutes.
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yeah, said engine and lights were still on, had just bought the boat, boat was located just outside little creek inlet. seemed like a wierd situation
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The pics of the boat are still on YW. (Looks like it was a really nice boat for the money.)

It didn't have the windvane steering in the pics so the new owner must have installed it before leaving Annapolis or at least some point along the way. If he closed on the boat Monday, that would would mean a late start on Tuesday or maybe an early start Wednesday allowing time for the windvane install. So the boat is pretty much where you'd expect 24-36 hours after leaving Annapolis if he was sailing most of the time.

My bet is he stepped the leeward rail to answer natures call, slipped and that was that.
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I was out on the night of the 2nd. A really strong front passed through from about 1500hrs-1900hrs, peaking @ about 1800. 30+ winds, 3-4 chop on the Patapsco! I remember thinking "it has to be really crazy on the bay right now ", 6 ft. waves easily. Another captain told me that in his near decade @ our job that night ranked top.five. We kept radio contact amidst the blow. Wouldv ran for shelter had I been on my sailboat. Sad. Looking @ the main sail, he may have gone forward to flake canvas and lost his hold.

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This is sad. My condolences to his family.

He must be a seasoned sailer sailing solo, and may be on his way back to Australia. It reminds us that we must be careful and on guide at all time.

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I didn't see any jacklines setup on the boat in the photos or video. If he was singlehanding in near freezing temps without clipping in, he really has made a serious error. Whenever singlehanding, especially with cold air and water temps, clipping in is a requirement IMHO.

My sympathies go out to his family, but if he didn't take all the proper precautions, especially sailing a new-to-him boat, then he's really got no one to blame but himself.

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It was this boat:

Irwin Citation SAIL: Cruiser/Racer-1980-for sale Annapolis MD 100444571

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Based on this thread, he was a 69 old male. He told the ranger he was really tired and needed sleep. More details in here:

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Virginia Marine Police planned to continue looking today for a boater who went missing this week, but officials said Friday that it's unlikely he'll be found alive.

Arno Dawson, 64, from Perth, Australia, was last seen Wednesday evening aboard his 40-foot sailboat, the Wampeter, said John Bull, a Virginia Marine Police spokesman. He moored to the observation pier at Buckroe Beach in Hampton and told authorities he was tired and would move in the morning, Bull said.

At 8:20 a.m. Thursday, a fishing crew spotted the Wampeter cruising unmanned about a quarter-mile north of Little Creek Inlet in the Chesapeake Bay. The Coast Guard and local emergency personnel launched a search for Dawson but called it off at 6 p.m.

Virginia Marine Police resumed the search Friday, focusing on the water and shoreline between the Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel and the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel, Bull said. They ended their efforts Friday evening with plans to resume looking today.

Virginia Marine Police don't suspect foul play. It appears Dawson was on the boat alone, said Lt. Jack Smith, a spokesman for the Coast Guard.

Dawson is an experienced sailor who manage s a boat-building company in Australia, Bull said. He found the Wampeter, which was ported in Annapolis, Md., online, purchased it for $26,000 in December and came to the United States in the last few weeks to work on it. He went to sea Monday, planning to sail the boat home, Bull said.

"To our knowledge, he was a very experienced sailor," he said. "That's quite a long sail."

Dawson's daughter in Australia has been notified that he is missing, Bull said.

The Wampeter, a 1980s sailboat, is impounded while the Marine Police investigate. If Dawson doesn't turn up, the boat will go to his family, Bull said.

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Man that sucks. It's weird. I've come across that boat a lot on YW and thought it looked like a pretty good deal - then saw that it sold. It's creepy seeing it again in these circumstances.

Another cautionary tale regarding single handing.
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If he was fatigued, it is also pretty likely that he was hypothermic, since fatigue is often a symptom of hypothermia. It is hard to make good decisions and very easy to make mistakes when hypothermic or fatigued.
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Based on this thread, he was a 69 old male. He told the ranger he was really tired and needed sleep. More details in here:

Aussie lost overboard virginia beach

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Sad story. Who knows what could have happened, he could have had a heart attack, stroke, or anything else such as gotten dizzy (common with lack of sleep) and lost balance then fell overboard. That sure is a fine looking yacht and for the 29k, the pics and info I read, it sounded like a great deal. My sympathy goes to the family involved. I guess something like this can happen to anyone, its a chance we all take being out there. All we can do, is play it safe as possible and hope for the best. Then again, just about anything we do, there is a risk involved. I may sail around the world to only come back and get killed in a car accident driving home. This said, I am one lucky to be here after my solo coastal kayaking trip turned into a nightmare back in Oct of 2009. Through determination and strong survival skills I never even knew I had, I can thankfully live to tell my story. Some are not as fortunate as I have been to tell their stories. So this is where its hard to tell what really happened out there.
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