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Don't worry Omatako - there will be plenty of yanks getting smacked down in this thread.

What a way to end your first leg of a circle! Wake up on the rocks? Ouch.
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If the weather had really been bad, even if they had food on the table, it probably wouldn't have stayed there... an uncontrolled multihull in a storm will often have quite a bit of vertical motion...and the chances are more than likely that the food would have ended up on the cabin sole.
I haven't gone back and read those articles, but I vaguely remember speculation that they had all gone for a swim while becalmed, and the boat sailed away from them??

It can happen. I once read an account by folks whom this had nearly happened to, mid-ocean. Fortunately, one especially strong swimmer, and a brief lull, got them back aboard.


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Holy crap. So it happens that easily?
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Holy crap. So it happens that easily?
It can, if everyone jumps in for a swim at the same time when becalmed -- with sails up. Even a light breeze can push the boat along faster than most folks can swim for any great distance.

Of course, the other possibility is alien abduction.
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IIRC, the theory that had the most backing was that one of them had fallen overboard, and the others fell overboard attempting to retrieve the MOB.
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I haven't gone back and read those articles, but I vaguely remember speculation that they had all gone for a swim while becalmed, and the boat sailed away from them??

It can happen. I once read an account by folks whom this had nearly happened to, mid-ocean. Fortunately, one especially strong swimmer, and a brief lull, got them back aboard.

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It can, if everyone jumps in for a swim at the same time when becalmed -- with sails up. Even a light breeze can push the boat along faster than most folks can swim for any great distance.

Of course, the other possibility is alien abduction.
What if they were hove-to; two went in for a dip and the 3'rd decided to take a swim but forgot it would leave no-one aboard? The boat could still get away if a wind shift caused it to set sail on the opposite tack.

But engines running while the sails were up is another cause for concern, were they in neutral for charging or were they driving the boat along like they were motor-sailing?
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The Kaz II was left in a marina for a few months I believe, then the guys sailed off. The area is infamous for drug happenings. Then it does appear that they just fell overboard.

Smackdaddy - RESIST THE URGE TO SWIM OVER THE SIDE WHILST AT SEA Thats why the old salts did not learn to swim - just prolonged the inevitible.

Jeez I sound like my old man.
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Both articles mention that the life raft was missing. The reality is unless there is a survivor you never really know what happened when a boat is found drifting. Sobering...

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Why would all the fenders be deployed? Is this a precaution that multi-hull sailors take on a permanent basis?

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