What were they thinking?

I’m sure you are tired of reading about the snow and cold weather here in New England.  It is all over the news- even our friends in Scotland see it on their news!

So in the interest of talking about something related to boats, I thought I would share this local bit of news – it is related to boating AND the weather.

Once upon a time, there was a young man in Australia  who decided to buy a 43 foot racing sailboat that he saw on Ebay, for $10,000.00 US.   He has experience sailing.  His father does not.  They decided to come to the USA and sail this vessel back to Australia.  It is summer in Australia.  No need to comment about the weather in Newport RI this time of year.

After a few weeks of unexpected repairs and preparation, they plan to sail first to Bermuda, then round Africa to Australia.  Maybe 8 weeks or so, doing 150 miles per day.  ” “We’ve never done anything like this. Dad’s not even a sailor, but he’s a quick study,” said Jason McGlashan in his Australian accent. “We’ve got plenty of food, plenty of booze, good sails and all the safety gear you could ever need, so we’re going to be OK.””

Here’s the backstory:  http://www.newportri.com/newportdailynews/news/page_one/once-in-a-lifetime/article_8208539e-b214-5d8b-ad5f-009a1f2251c4.html

They set sail right before our most recent NOREASTER and headed right into the bad weather .  I guess they don’t follow the folk lore- never start a voyage on a Friday.  Never start a voyage on Friday the 13th.  They did both.  Needless to say, things didn’t work out very well for them.  Didn’t they check the forecast?   Kevin often quotes about abandoning ship:  “you should never abandon ship unless you have to step UP into the rescue vessel”.

Here’s a link to the coast guard rescue story, with a link to the coast guard rescue video:  http://www.capecodtimes.com/article/20150215/NEWS/150219557/101015/NEWS?template=printart

Since no-one was injured or killed, the story has a happy ending – but Sedona the 43 foot racing sailboat may still be floating along in the Atlantic, now a hazard to mariners.


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