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    Posted: 19 May 14 at 6:52pm
Why is there absolutely no news either on Y&Y.com or on the forum about the disappearance of this British yacht, crewed by Brits? Its on the Sailing Anarchy front page!

See the on-line petition here to put USCG in the spotlight and get the search restarted. Please sign it!
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Signed. Its on Radio 4 now

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Post Options Post Options   Quote ASok Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 20 May 14 at 9:47am
Yes its really strange the lack of coverage here.

Saw the petition yesterday and signed immediately. Not sure how much sway that will have, but its good to see the numbers behind it have raised the profile enough to make mainstream news.
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+1 and Facebooked it, I'm optimistic, they knew they had problems so will hopefully have prepared their life raft, a container ship appears to have clocked the upturned hull, so if the US coastguard can be persuaded to calculate the drift from that point they might have a chance of finding them.

Don't these life rafts things have some sort of transponder on them these days?
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Yes, but I think they have a short battery life.

I read that the key thing now is for someone to properly check the capsized boat. They need to examine whether there are survivors (i.e. Tony Bullimore style) and whether the life raft is present. If its gone then the crew could be tucked away safely on it. Fingers crossed.
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Signed and Fb 'ed.

Is the are facility on the the site to PM the link to members?
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I hate to say it, but I'm pessimistic: the photo from the Maersk box carrier shows the hull inverted, awash, and without its keel. My guess is that the original leak was cracking near the keel. At some point the keel dropped off and the boat inverted. I don't think that would allow time for the liferaft. The fact that they didn't call on the satphone to say they were abandoning and the liferaft epirb wasn't activated seem to support a catastrophic scenario.

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Post Options Post Options   Quote iGRF Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 20 May 14 at 3:12pm
Yes but there is the suggestion that the beacons they fired do not work in or underwater so they had to be fired relatively dry and one was fired after the other, not that I have the first idea about any of this and am just grasping at straws.

They've resumed the search at least so we can't ask for more, like everyone else I'm just hope and praying.
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http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-27486648#TWEET1134228

The search is back on.....

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Post Options Post Options   Quote Oatsandbeans Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 20 May 14 at 7:35pm
Your heart goes out to all the sailors and the loved ones involved in this, but it does focus the mind on keels and their attachments. In the old days it never really mattered much as the keels were small and the loads were low. Sadly in some of today's "cruiser racers", ( I have no knowledge of this specific design), this is not the case and when things go wrong it is catastrophic with big keels being attached incorrectly to hull shells, most of the times it works, sometimes it doesnt.
Here is my list of things to do for anyone who has a cruiser racer that does overnight passagges.
Make sure that someone competent has surveyed the keel area, looking for any cracking, movement - its not rocket science you can do it yourself once you know what to look for.
The interface of the keel bolts to the laminate are crucial, small washers onto thin skins are not good, large thick SS plates well seated onto a good hull inner skin are good. Overdesign in this area is what you want.
As a skipper always carry out a check to see that all is in order before a big trip. Brief everybody to prepare them for the worst case scenrio when it all goes dark, everything turns upside down and water starts to come in fast. They need to be mentally prepared for this and have pre-worked out how to get from their bunk and out of an upturned hull in the dark. I dont wear an inflating life jacket for this reason.

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