In 2005, I participated in the Transpac on the TP52 Braveheart. About 250 mile from Honolulu, during a night time gybe, fellow crew member Brian Huse lost the jockey pole overboard. I was next to him by the mast when it happened. This summer, I took a camping trip with a friend exploring and beach combing the west coast of Vancouver Isl.
While on Lanz Isl (part of the Scott Island group off the NW tip of Vancouver Island), I spotted something among the logs and driftwood. The Southern Spars logo was unmistakable! A bit of prying and digging and I was able to pull out a carbon fibre pole. “Funny”, I thought, “Brian lost one like this years ago”
When I returned, I told Brian the story. He contacted Paul Snape at Southern Spars in New Zealand and was able to find the original CAD drawing for Braveheart’s Jockey Pole. It is an exact match. 2500 miles and 10 years later found by crew of the same boat! – Anarchist hamish.