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US sailor missing in New Zealand

I know that most people do not read the News Feeds and I rarely do, but there was one article about a sailor (and boat) missing in New Zealand that hit home since we met the guy a few times coming across the Pacific. Sean is the one I always think of when young people with no money want to head off around the world. He was actually doing it and with some success.

His boat is a Bristol 27 with no engine that seemed to be well set-up for the challenge. He had a sculling oar for moving around in harbor if there was no wind, a Monitor vane, and a big solar panel. Don't know if he had an EPIRB - at this point I hope not since he would have activated it by now I assume if you was in trouble. From the reports he was sailing around New Zealand, not something I would want to do singlehanded without an engine since the harbors are few and far between and not terribly well-protected and the winds are storms are serious even in mid-summer. I hope that if he had problems he was able to run the boat ashore somewhere. The Kiwis are searching but the coast of South Island is wild and there are not many people is many areas.

I hope he is well. This is the second boat that we have known that has gotten in serious trouble. The other was a Pearson 36, also singlehanded. In that case the sailor was rescued but the boat was lost.

Back home on Lake Ontario after something over 36,000 nm circumnavigator. Not surprisingly there is a lot of stuff I want to get done on Ainia both cosmetically and functionally. Getting an early start so it will be ready to go for next summer (Lake Superior?).
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Prayed for him. Keep us posted.
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Fjordland and the west coast of the South Island in a storm is a forbidding area, indeed - no way I'd want to be caught down there in a small, engineless boat when the weather went south...
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Lets hope he is OK.....
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Missing American sailor found - national | Stuff.co.nz
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Who's been a naughty boy then ?

I guess its one of the problems cruising sailors now face with so many availble forms of communication. Forget to phone or email home and the world is going to come looking .

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Who's been a naughty boy then ?

I guess its one of the problems cruising sailors now face with so many availble forms of communication. Forget to phone or email home and the world is going to come looking .
No, the problem is too many bars and good looking chicks in NZ.
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No, the problem is too many bars and good looking sheep in NZ.
Fixed it for you. The good looking chicks (how 70s of you ) are on this side of the Tasman.

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Fixed it for you. The good looking chicks (how 70s of you ) are on this side of the Tasman.
Agree, Australia has got some good looking chicks too, and lots of good bars.
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There has been a report about a missing US sailor in NZ. IT WAS HOWEVER HIS parents that activated the search as they had not heard from him for about 8 weeks. He has contacted search and rescue advised he is OK and that he did not realize anybody was searching for him. I don,t know if this is the same guy.


http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/7375...n-sailor-found


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