This is a good step. From the SDR site:
In summary, of the 116 boats that started the SDR last week, seven had serious gear failures and had to return to the U.S. for repairs or in two cases were abandoned. These emergencies are a cause of concern for all of the Salty Dawgs and will be addressed by the board of the SDR in the aftermath.
The CG listed the 5 calls as follows (http://www.uscgnews.com/go/doc/4007/...Va-NC-coasts):
Distress signal via a satellite tracking device, stating that they were taking on water approximately 230 miles east of Virginia Beach and were in need of assistance. (Abandoned and presumed sunk)
Distress signal via a satellite tracking device stating that they had lost their mast and were taking on water approximately 275 miles east of Virginia Beach and were in need of assistance. (Cancelled call after CG arrived and continued on.)
Emergency position indicating radio beacon registered the sailboat Aurora. The alert positioned the Aurora 230 miles east of Elizabeth City, N.C. (CG unable to find them - another boat radioed that Aurora was fine.)
Contacted Sector North Carolina watchstanders, reporting a 67-year-old man aboard had a arm injury. (Cancelled call after CG attempt at medevac.)
Contacted Sector North Carolina watchstanders via satellite phone, reporting that they were disabled and adrift. (Towed back to shore.)
Then these from the SDR site:
Unknown distress call method. (CG rescued crew - boat abandoned.)
Call to CG after jury-rig attempt and other avenues exhausted. (CG towed back to shore.)
"Like Dolphins" :
Unknown if CG called. Boat was dismasted and made it back to port.
They also mention other boats having serious damage (e.g. - Pixie Dust, etc.). It's unclear whether CG calls were made in these cases. And it's unclear which are the 7 (there seem to be more - unless some of the boats listed by the CG weren't in the SDR - such as "Aurora"?.)
This tracks relatively well with this earlier report:
I have read through this whole thread and in all the finger pointing and blaming weak/scared crews boats not ready for the voyage and all, not one person has gotten the facts right. I love how people are so quick the judge others when they do not have a clue as to the facts. I have listened to these boats everyday on the SSB. I have heard the distress calls as they came in. I have a good friend on one of the boats towed in. So I will summarize.
First boat down a Cartalina 54? catamaran, lost mast, made it back in under their own power. Distress call but refused help just wanted CG aware.
Second boat down Braveheart. Injury broken arm. Distress call but made it in under their own after they found it unsafe for injured crew transfer.
Third boat down Alden 54 ketch, lost rudder, was towed to Chesapeake after drifting for 2 days.
Fourth boat down, Morgen 41 Outisland, Taking on water (beyond what pumps could keep up with), Bulkheads coming apart, severely sick crew. Crew of 4 air lifted to Elizabeth City
Fifth boat down, Hans Christen 38, lost mast, vessel still underway under their own power to Norfolk, No assistance given. Reported in this evening all is well aboard.
Sixth boat down, Catalina 42, lost rudder, waited 3 days for tow should be back in this evening. (I personally spoke with this skipper while at sea and he simply was not equipped for makeshift repairs.)
Seventh boat down Catalina 38, lost steering and engine. tried to make Bermuda but had to give up with no help from private tow (their first choice) They were advised to abandon by USCG because of worsening weather condition and little hope of other help. 3 crew air lifted today to Elizabeth city. (so they tried for 3 days to make a go of it)
Lastly Aurora had a false alarm on their EPIRB, Capt. admitted mistake while checking gear. No assistance needed however a plane was sent to their location before the mistake was found.
So 2 boats had air rescues only 1 with sick crew and they were breaking up. Second air lift at the assistance of CG as there was little hope for anything else.
2 boats towed back due to no steering.
The fleet left knowing a cold front was to pass but it was supposed to pass fast and then good conditions, Instead it stalled and the fleet was stuck in the stream with 20-25. The problems came in the squalls with 30-40 against the stream.
I do not think the skippers did that bad if anything maybe they were not fully prepared to do jury rigs and make emergency repairs.
At least now this thread can have some real facts to work with. For those that belittle those out there claiming they were just seasick you can see now there was more to it. Until you have been there maybe we should not be so quick to judge.