Caribcat

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  1. Caribcat

    PLEASE SAY A PRAYER FOR RAINMAKER'S CREW

    If this were one or two in particular of my old owners, here's how it went down: Owner asks skipper how long it takes to get to SXM, skipper replies "on a good run 7-9 days". Owner books a flight for the evening of day 9 and schedules very important meetings from 9 am on day 10. Skipper, too young to argue for the weather window against the self-made, ego rich millionaire, grits his teeth and heads out. Crew back him as their only experience offshore is 'that time we slingshot off a freekin' huge low and were in Marigot for happy hour'. Shit then hits the fan and owner screams blue murder down the sat phone for his Senator to 'Get a %$£@*& helicopter here NOW! Obviously I'm being lighthearted. I'll leave you to judge if this is blind cynicism or factually based on 25 years as a large catamaran skipper ;-)
  2. Caribcat

    PLEASE SAY A PRAYER FOR RAINMAKER'S CREW

    A lee shore with wind from the NW? I don't see it that way. Gale force winds blowing offshore can produce ideal conditions for fast sailing in flat water if you stay close enough to shore (ten to twenty miles), minimizing the fetch. However, that doesn't appear to be the course they followed. That might well be the case, but actually Thursday started out with 25 knot easterlies! ;-)
  3. Caribcat

    PLEASE SAY A PRAYER FOR RAINMAKER'S CREW

    Just trying to get my head around the passage planning here: Assuming Thursday departure, set off into 25 knots knowing you had 12 hours close to a lee shore banging your head against the elements. Also enjoy forecasted 6-8m seas. Then all hell breaks loose with forecasts up to 50 knots as you cross the gulf stream. Conversely, leave on Saturday and enjoy a nice downwind run in 15-20 knots, possibly even drop into a 20-25 knot broad reaching groove with 3m seas all the way to Bermuda. Am I missing something here?
  4. Caribcat

    PLEASE SAY A PRAYER FOR RAINMAKER'S CREW

    And the million dollar question... how much did she weigh on launch and what payload were they carrying?