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Beyond the "Edge"

We've seen a lot of rescue stories in various threads around here and sliced and diced them every which way possible. This thread is intended to be a "gallery" for those stories and conversations regarding what lies just beyond that "edge" of big sailing. It does make you think...

First story:

The S/V "Lunatic Pirate"
-Story from NZ Herald
-Email and pics from the guy who found the abandoned boat

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Who can forget the "Ghost Yacht" catamaran found drifting off Australia's Great Barrier Reef a couple of years ago. Three missing sailors with sails up, engines running and food on the table? Quite a mystery.

FOXNews.com - Search Launched for Missing Crew of 'Ghost Ship' Found Off Australia - International News | News of the World | Middle East News | Europe News

Families of missing 'ghost yacht' crew end search
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We've seen a lot of rescue stories in various threads around here and sliced and diced them every which way possible. This thread is intended to be a "gallery" for those stories and conversations regarding what lies just beyond that "edge" of big sailing. It does make you think...

First story:

The S/V "Lunatic Pirate"
-Story from NZ Herald
-Email and pics from the guy who found the abandoned boat

RIP
Sad.

I expect it would be eery coming across a vessel like that. But the usual practice is to scuttle derelicts (cut hose, open seacock). I wonder why they left it adrift like that?
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At least the captain of the Lunatic Pirate died doing something he really wanted to do.
May he rest in peace.
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Who can forget the "Ghost Yacht" catamaran found drifting off Australia's Great Barrier Reef a couple of years ago. Three missing sailors with sails up, engines running and food on the table? Quite a mystery.

FOXNews.com - Search Launched for Missing Crew of 'Ghost Ship' Found Off Australia - International News | News of the World | Middle East News | Europe News

Families of missing 'ghost yacht' crew end search
Jeez that's freaky. From the article:

"Greg Connor, a forecaster with the Bureau of Meteorology, said the sailors would have faced moderate southeasterly winds of about 22 mph, typical weather for this time of year.

"It would have been excellent sailing conditions," he said. "There's no reason to believe this is a weather related incident."

Well how do they explain the jib?


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The jib did not need to hit eg the spreader too many times to look like that... The first tear, and then...
But yes, spooky...
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Very spooky... not sure when the pic was taken (when they first found it or after crews had been aboard), but why are the fenders down....

Also the news articles mention a laptop running and food on the table. I know multi's are pretty stable, but if the weather had been really bad, I doubt they'd have gear and food on the tables...

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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.
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Very spooky... not sure when the pic was taken (when they first found it or after crews had been aboard), but why are the fenders down....

Also the news articles mention a laptop running and food on the table. I know multi's are pretty stable, but if the weather had been really bad, I doubt they'd have gear and food on the tables...

Weird... just Weird.. Cool find Adru!
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Shortest ocean crossing ever?

It seems that Australasia is the focus of these events.

Remember the guy who left NZ on an ocean voyage and ended up being winched to a helo from his boat off the rocks of a local island. His track from point of departure to where he lost the boat is a mystery in itself that even the sailor appears not to be able to explain.

Yachtie rescued by helicopter on Great Barrier Island | NATIONAL | NEWS | tvnz.co.nz

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