Passing cargo ships helped
They were without fuel for four days. Passing cargo ships provided food, water and some fuel. It was enough to power the ship into Halifax.
I am quite sure if I would label this British sailor as a macho guy. The couple has taken this 87 year old boat around the oceans for last 10 years. We are humans, we make mistakes. In hind sight, we all see 20/20, especially the sailnet members here (does not mean you)." She suggested taking the sail down, but Holland thought it would be fine. "
Sometimes being the macho man gets you in big trouble.
Glad it turned out ok. Must be one nice boat to sustain $75,000 in damage, be 87 years old and still be valuable enough to repair.
"Reliable furling"??? Hmmm, I don't think so...Big heavy boat for a couple to handle. I wonder if a boat of that age would be set up to be easy to handle, e.g. big-ass winches, reliable furling?
Something of that heft should be able to handle almost anything you get so long as you can appropriate sails and keep the water on the right side of the hull.