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re: Yacht Evacuated Off Cape Sable Island (Canada)

Thanks Jimjazz for clearing up that confusiing title. Sable Island is very famous for shipwrecks and deaths, I used to hear it called "the graveyard of the atlantic". I think it's around 200 miles out to sea, and a real surpise to many who found it the hard way.

I never even knew there was a Cape Sable Island!
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re: Yacht Evacuated Off Cape Sable Island (Canada)

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Why all the consternation about 9 people on a 35 foot boat?
I think the issue is where the boat was with that many people aboard.

A 35' boat would easily take 8-10 for a day sail or maybe a race, but crossing an ocean? I would expect 2 couples or maybe a small family. That many people seems odd.
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Thanks Jimjazz for clearing up that confusiing title. Sable Island is very famous for shipwrecks and deaths, I used to hear it called "the graveyard of the atlantic". I think it's around 200 miles out to sea, and a real surpise to many who found it the hard way.

I never even knew there was a Cape Sable Island!
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No problem, "to err is human"- or something like that. I just had the whole wrong idea of where the accident took place, apparently much closer to shore. Besides, if you weren't so honest, I'd have just figured it was the media, they never can get anything right!

I will say that at that time here in Maine we were having 30 knots gusting to 50 knots or more here at my house, for two days. And temps dropping into the teens (F.) after being in the 80's for a couple of days. On the road next to a nearby lake my wife's coworker had to drive over blood covered ice, where the wind pushed waves right over the road, and it froze into glare ice. Blood source unknown.

In fact, I'd been thinking how glad I was that I was NOT out in a boat of any sort.

And I've been following the "fin versus full keel" thread, because I've been enamored of a fin keel/spade rudder boat I looked at. That wind made me think that going for the most seakindly boat was the best idea, forget about speed. I value arriving, over arriving a bit sooner. Storms happen, and I admit big wind scares me even here on the land.
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re: Yacht Evacuated Off Cape Sable Island (Canada)

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No problem, "to err is human"- or something like that. I just had the whole wrong idea of where the accident took place, apparently much closer to shore. Besides, if you weren't so honest, I'd have just figured it was the media, they never can get anything right!

I will say that at that time here in Maine we were having 30 knots gusting to 50 knots or more here at my house, for two days. And temps dropping into the teens (F.) after being in the 80's for a couple of days. On the road next to a nearby lake my wife's coworker had to drive over blood covered ice, where the wind pushed waves right over the road, and it froze into glare ice. Blood source unknown.

In fact, I'd been thinking how glad I was that I was NOT out in a boat of any sort.

And I've been following the "fin versus full keel" thread, because I've been enamored of a fin keel/spade rudder boat I looked at. That wind made me think that going for the most seakindly boat was the best idea, forget about speed. I value arriving, over arriving a bit sooner. Storms happen, and I admit big wind scares me even here on the land.
Big wind scares a lot of, if not most folks but within reason (Below full storm/hurricane force) it shouldn't. I've been out in steady 40K, gusting to 45K (top of a gale) and it was no problem (and I was on a HUNTER ). I wouldn't want to have to beat to windward in those conditions but as long as you have some choice of course to travel, it's just a wet and bumpy ride. If we'd been able to broad reach or go deeper it would have been one of the best BFS's ever. I'm not a particularly big risk taker either.

That's assuming a decent boat under you of course.
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Re: Yacht Evacuated Off Cape Sable Island (Canada)

Jack, I fixed the title for you...
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Jack, I fixed the title for you...
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Re: Yacht Evacuated Off Cape Sable Island (Canada)

One more update to the S/V Tabasco II story. The yacht (now beleived sunk) was a Canadian-registered 1968 Creekmore 38. It was sold by its Canadian owner in Trinidad last November to a Ukrainian fellow know around the boatyard as "Shrek". The boat was never re-registered by the new owner. The former owner said he never sailed with more than 3 crew onboard because "the quarters were too cramped". The previous owner also said that the Perkins diesel was prone to stalling when sediment in the fuel tank got stirred up. The yacht was reportedly dismasted with no rigging in sight at the time of the rescue. Some or all of the rescued crew are asking for refugee status. Links to articles from the local paper follow:

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They were still 93 miles off the coast! Long long way.

The men flying and lowering from the helicopter in those conditions are true heroes.

I have trouble envisioning how the freighter could pick up survivors in those conditions.

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Jimjazz... interesting links.. thanks.
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