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#1 POH

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Posted 25 April 2012 - 11:11 PM

Read this story this morning over coffee & thought I'd share with the community. My Sailing: Report on textbook rescue of six crew after yacht sinks

Great result and kudos to Grant Dunoon, his crew & the rescue teams.

(You may want to skip down to the paragraph above "The Search" if you are rushed).
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Posted 25 April 2012 - 11:38 PM

WOW, I am tired just trying to imagine getting those people on board.

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Posted 26 April 2012 - 12:07 AM

Great story, thanks for posting.
TryBooking deserves all the praise for a job well done, as does the crew of Inception, especially the skipper.
Good attitude making sure all his crew were safe and stayed together, swimming off when one got detached was a big call.
Kudos to all.
Only hope we would do as well if we were in the same situation.

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Posted 26 April 2012 - 12:09 AM

Thats it Im up dating my off shore kit! Time for a inflatable Pfd with a harness built in, Straight blade line cutter knife, a VHF water tight radio with Personal locator and always a portable GPS in the seabag.



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Posted 26 April 2012 - 12:34 AM

Wow thanks for linking to that, what a read!

#6 Oxygen Mask

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Posted 26 April 2012 - 12:37 AM

Well done.
Nice to read one with a happy ending.

Also nice to see that the crew, with what is described as not a great deal of experience, kept their heads and made good decisions and figured it out. Far too many stories of people who fail in the face of even the slightest adversity.

#7 POH

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Posted 26 April 2012 - 12:51 AM

Recent events have definitely made me think more about safety as well.

I was fortunate to crew on a very good boat here in Sydney 2008-2010 - in hindsight I'm very grateful (even though we never needed it) that the skipper had us practice safety on non-race days and took his responsibility so seriously.

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Posted 26 April 2012 - 03:25 AM

Were they in the water with a cell phone making contact or was that before they went in?

If after they went in, what kinda phone. I want one.

#9 Paul Pascoe

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Posted 26 April 2012 - 06:47 AM

Dolphin,

No, they were on the phone before the boat went down.

Interestingly when they jumped over the side, they took a "waterproof" VHF with them, but it became waterlogged almost immediately. One of our notes from the incident is that we are going to be giving our VHF a good dunking to test it out, and if it isn't waterproof, take it back to the manufacturer.

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Posted 26 April 2012 - 04:19 PM

Think there's a samsung that some paddlers recommend, and verizon advertised one, maybe the same, supposed to work after immersion.

#11 Mahogany Reef

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Posted 26 April 2012 - 04:49 PM

I own a Samsung Rugby II. It has been wet and underwater in a pocket. It worked just fine right away while still wet.

Great report btw! thanks for the post.

#12 blackjenner

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Posted 26 April 2012 - 05:07 PM

Amazing story. Heroic actions. Well done.

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Posted 26 April 2012 - 05:17 PM

WOW, I am tired just trying to imagine getting those people on board.


+1

A lot of luck and some inspired (and inspiring) seamanship. Wow is right.

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Posted 26 April 2012 - 05:30 PM

Great story, well done!
I agree that this is heroic seamanship, we need more sailors like this skipper & crew.

Recent events have definitely made me think more about safety as well.

I was fortunate to crew on a very good boat here in Sydney 2008-2010 - in hindsight I'm very grateful (even though we never needed it) that the skipper had us practice safety on non-race days and took his responsibility so seriously.


Excellent! Too many people think that "safety" is something you put on your MasterCharge and occasionally talk about. Glad to hear of PRACTICE being done even though it might take away a bit of time from studying racing.

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Posted 26 April 2012 - 06:01 PM

Agreed that it would be a good idea to have an MOB drill each time you go out to race. Chances are, you might have new people on board that have not been made aware of the procedure especially as each boat is different.

Sail safe!




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