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Re: Sailboat missing off CA coast

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Not sure where you got 12 hours from...
I have no doubt it could be as little as you say. A lot depends on physical condition etc. But during a news interview this morning I heard a Coast Guard spokesman say 12 hours was the maximum for the expected conditions.
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Re: Sailboat missing off CA coast

And good for the Coast Guard, for being as hopeful as possible.... I just think that if most people realised how dangerous the water is in Northern California, they'd invest more in safety equipment... I'll certainly be thinking about it.
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Re: Sailboat missing off CA coast

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Agency releases boaters' recorded distress call - SFGate
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Re: Sailboat missing off CA coast

The distress call does not sound distressed to me. Not like someone who is about to jump into the cold Pacific and taking along two young children. Any other impressions?

I'm on the fence about a hoax or not. If it were a hoax and the call was triangulated to the place offshore, then it seems that the USCG would have at least spotted that vessel as well.

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The distress call does not sound distressed to me. Not like someone who is about to jump into the cold Pacific and taking along two young children. Any other impressions?
I have been unable to play the clip but over on Sailing Anarchy several posters echo'd your impression. One even thought the guy might be drunk.
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65 NM is a long way for VHF. I hope it's a hoax.
Not at all. I am in Newport Beach, and I regularly vessels assist calls for people in San Diego Harbor. That's about 80 miles south. This is from my boat radio. I would think the Coast Guard would have bigger antennas and stronger equipment.
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Re: Sailboat missing off CA coast

Coast Guard searching for four missing in sailboat off California - chicagotribune.com

This link says that the folks contacted the USCG "several times". Would a prankster do that? Seems like the more you call, then the more of a chance there is that you will be found, either by the USCG looking for the distressed boat or by the call triangulation.
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I thought you were supposed to speak slow, clear, and calm on the radio? I didn't know that if I was acting in control, and not freaking out, people would say "eh, he doesn't sound distressed, must be a hoax".
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Re: Sailboat missing off CA coast

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I just think that if most people realised how dangerous the water is in Northern California, they'd invest more in safety equipment
Seconded. Those of us who sail around here know how nasty it can get - big winds, big waves, cold. I sailed a bit in the UK, and NorCal reminds me of that - can be very nasty sometimes.
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Re: Sailboat missing off CA coast

I listened to the audio clip. He did sound calm in the very short transmission. But that is precisely the demeanor I would hope to have if conveying that crucial information to my potential rescuers when making such a dire decision.
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