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6 Americans, 1 Brit vanish at sea

Six Americans have been missing at sea for more than three weeks after setting sail from New Zealand, officials said Thursday.

Three males -- aged 17, 28 and 58 -- and three women -- aged 18, 60 and 73 -- along a 35-year-old British man were aiming to sail the 70-foot schooner Nina to Newcastle, Australia.

A statement from Maritime New Zealand released early Thursday expressed "grave concerns" for the Nina's crew.

The vessel left the Bay of Islands area of northern New Zealand on May 29. It has not been heard from since June 4, when the ship was 370 miles west-north west of Cape Reinga in "very rough" conditions with winds gusting to 68 mph and 26-foot swells.

Authorities said the vessel's emergency beacon has not been activated.
Rescue Coordination Centre New Zealand search and rescue mission coordinator Kevin Banaghan said that a military aircraft had covered a 160,000 square nautical mile search area on Tuesday, with an additional 324,000 square nautical miles examined on Wednesday.

"No sign of the vessel has been found," Banaghan said. "We do hold grave concerns for the Nina and her crew but remain hopeful of a positive outcome."

The huge search was launched after family and friends raised concerns about the crew's whereabouts.

The Nina was built in 1928. It is also equipped with a satellite phone and a spot beacon, which allows tracking signals to be sent manually.


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That is a very rough stretch of water... I hope they make it...
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Damn, that's not good...

NINA was a legendary yacht, designed by Starling Burgess... She won the Transatlantic Race, then the Fastnet, the year she was launched... And, the Bermuda Race, 3 decades later...

Interestingly, she is featured in Chapter One - Trends in Yacht Design, 1920-1986 - by Olin Stephens in one of my favorite books, John Rousmaniere's DESIRABLE AND UNDESIRABLE CHARACTERISTICS OF THE OFFSHORE YACHT:

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...But there is no such thing as a free lunch in yacht design and construction, and the demerits of this type of boat quickly surfaced. After her first great summer, NINA was bought by Bobby Somerset, the English owner of the pilot cutter JOLIE BRISE and commodore of the Royal Ocean Racing Club, who took her out from New York under winter conditions. Her quick motion and general wetness on deck and below prompted him to sell her soon after. Later, under DeCoursey Fales, she had a long and successful life, winning the Bermuda Race in 1962, 34 years after her first summer...
Nice series of videos here:

Starling Burgess ?Nina?



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re: 6 Americans, 1 Brit vanish at sea

Very strange? Hard to imagine that some communication signal would not have been sent if a dire emergency was encountered. Also hard to believe they would not have been in contact if they are O.K. Such a capable vessel?

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I'm sorry but this thread title needs to be changed!

It reeks of Mark Twain:

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“No’m. Killed a ni****.”
“Well, it’s lucky; because sometimes people do get hurt.
Can we please change it to "7 People Vanish at Sea" or "6 Americans and 1 Brittsh Vanish at Sea"?


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Very strange? Hard to imagine that some communication signal would not have been sent if a dire emergency was encountered. Also hard to believe they would not have been in contact if they are O.K. Such a capable vessel?

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re: 6 Americans, 1 Brit vanish at sea

According to a report on CruisersForum, Australian SAR has reported contact with the boat, reportedly in the vicinity of Lord Howe (Sp?) Island, with no difficulty. While it may be nice to have frequent position up-dates via SPOT or other means, their sudden absence--even if caused by over-sight, failed batteries, or whatever--can heighten anxiety for friends and family of a cruiser unduly, doing more harm than good, eh?
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Hope they're ok and just out of communication
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According to a report on CruisersForum, Australian SAR has reported contact with the boat, reportedly in the vicinity of Lord Howe (Sp?) Island, with no difficulty. While it may be nice to have frequent position up-dates via SPOT or other means, their sudden absence--even if caused by over-sight, failed batteries, or whatever--can heighten anxiety for friends and family of a cruiser unduly, doing more harm than good, eh?
Hopefully, that is the case...

Wouldn't be the first time, and it most certainly won't be the last...

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Re: 6 Americans, 1 Brit vanish at sea

I do hope the family dont read this thread. I know they are reading others on the net.

I have a rule which I hold very strongly and I offer it to those about to cruise as a rule they should set in stone. Everything about cruising, or sailing is pretty flexible really, do things the way you like and the way they work for you.... except this rule:

Only sail in the correct season.

I use the Pilot charts and basically only ever sail when there is a 1 or a 0 in the % Gale maps. The most I have ever sailed in was a 2 for about 100 nms.

I hope this incident works out and the boat arrives in harbour soon. However, there is some story to their long passage... and most likely related to their late departure. The late departure was due to replacing the engine. They should have waited till next season.


The Pilot below is June. Ninas course was from the east side of New Zealand, over the top and due west to Newcastle just north of Sydney.


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