RAINMAKER DISMASTED OFF HATTERAS IN GALE

DryArmour

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From Peter Johnstone at GUNBOAT:

Please say a prayer for RAINMAKER’s crew.

RAINMAKER was dismasted today 36 hours into her passage out of the Gunboat yard about 200 miles SE of Hattaras. From the very brief and patchy sat phone call, and various brief texts, the following is all we have been told:

*Everyone is accounted for aboard, including the owner, his son, and three professional crew.
*The rig was promptly cut away.
*The boat was not holed.
*At the last update there were no injuries.

Conditions are evidently quite severe. It is not uncommon for the cold NW winds to accelerate over the Gulf Stream to windspeeds well above what may show on grib files. They have a large South swell, and are faced with deteriorating conditions with a building NW breeze in the Gulf Stream. Waves and swells have been observed from onboard to be getting worse over the course of the day. An onboard decision has been made to be airlifted off of the boat. The US Coast Guard expects to be on site within 30 minutes.

These people are a part of our Gunboat family. Please say a prayer for the safe recovery of the RAINMAKER crew and the safety of the USCG rescue team that has been dispatched. An airlift is not an easy operation in any conditions, never mind these conditions. The Atlantic in February is a merciless place.

Praying for their safe recovery and return.
 
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DryArmour

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Current Conditions in the area.

Station 41002
NDBC
Location:
31.862N 74.835W
Date: Fri, 30 Jan 2015 21:50:00 UTC
Winds: NW (310°) at 27.2 kt gusting to 35.0 kt
Significant Wave Height: 13.1 ft
Dominant Wave Period: 9 sec
Mean Wave Direction: W (259°)
Atmospheric Pressure: 29.96 in and rising
Air Temperature: 61.5 F
Dew Point: 49.5 F
Water Temperature: 71.4 F

 
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Thank you everyone. All five crew from Rainmaker have been safely airlifted off of RAINMAKER moments ago and are in a helicopter on their way back to shore.

Gunboat and RAINMAKER's insurer are actively coordinating her salvage. This will not be easy as conditions are meant to be terrible on Monday.

 

SCARECROW

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With all due respect to everyone involved, why the air lift? Single handed sailors on 60' monohulls often self rescue after loosing/ breaking a mast. Why can a full crew on a stable and reportedly undamaged cat not do the same?

 

DryArmour

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Monday Night is coming...Get RAINMAKER HOME!

Monday Night Hatteras Small file.jpg

 
There are questions aplenty, none of which will be answered till the crew hits terra firma. Just glad her emergency communication gear was all up to snuff.

There are questions aplenty, none of which will be answered till the crew hits terra firma. Just glad her emergency communication gear was all up to snuff.

 
As All Souls are Safe And the the rest Insured

May I be the first to point out that

Hot Rod on the Flyin Hawaiian has So far Out-lasted by 2X a GunBoat out in the Open Ocean (or least has still Not yet called for a Rescue)

GO TEH ROD !!!!

Very Sorry to hear about this loss And Thankful Everyone OK !!!!!

 
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TheDragon

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Glad to hear they are okay, but what on earth were they doing out there at this time of year, with multiple storms forecast. CG must wonder sometimes what people are thinking. Too much confidence in a "big boat"?

 
Glad to hear they are okay, but what on earth were they doing out there at this time of year, with multiple storms forecast. CG must wonder sometimes what people are thinking. Too much confidence in a "big boat"?
Did not the Exact Same thing (w a New Big HighEnd Cat) happen about this time last year or the year before ?

Owner & Hired Guns Heading Out on Shake-Down Voyage into what turned out to be Over their heads

Forum search returning nothing So ...........................

 
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fastyacht

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You are talking about that boat that was built in the NY area. I forget its name. Definitely a long thread on it though and lots of photos of the owner/crew onboard before the rudders all went screwy and they tried to motor to the onion patch.

 

Trovão

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Glad to hear they are okay, but what on earth were they doing out there at this time of year, with multiple storms forecast. CG must wonder sometimes what people are thinking. Too much confidence in a "big boat"?
Did not the Exact Same thing (w a New Big HighEnd Cat) happen about this time last year or the year before ?

Owner & Hired Guns Heading Out on Shake-Down Voyage into what turned out to be Over their heads

Forum search returning nothing So ...........................
yup. and the builder and designer were trashed by the mob over here.

but nothing like a day after the other - shit happens even to boats built by renowned builders.

 

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