It’s been a brutal few weeks for seamen, and we take a few moments to list and remember them.
Mohammed Al Alawi was one of the earliest success stories of the widely lauded Oman Sail program. We met him years ago and his passion and eye for detail stood out long before he’d become a multihull ocean racer. Mohammed was one of a tiny handful of Arabian sailors with the skill and confidence to handle a MOD-70, and we’re extremely sad to have followed the saga of his disappearance from the deck of the Musandam as she was sailing off Croatia on her way to the Barcolana and the international search just called off this morning. Fair winds, Mohammed, and may you sail on forever with 72 sailor chicks of the week. There’s a thread here.
Britons Robin Wyatt (shown right) and Brian Turner, Canadian Harry Taylor, American Alan Lundy, and Filipino Rudolph Bollozos have still not been found after their yacht disappeared on a run from Hong Kong to Subic Bay. Apparently trying to run from a very well-forecast typhoon Mujigae (and ending up smack in the middle of the killer storm) when their EPIRB went off on October 3rd, no search was initiated by local authorities for two more days; the EPIRB transmitted for another day and a half before dying. Reports that a lifejacket and body were found were dismissed as being too far from the EPIRB location, but other than that? Crickets. For a great analysis on the storm track and the yacht (which rumors peg as a brand new Beneteau 60 Oceanis) from SA’er Galactair, click here. Our condolences to the sailors families, and continued hopes for their recovery, however unlikely. For the full, quite spirited discussion on this ongoing mystery, clicky.
News of the disappearance of the Faro, a casualty of the nasty Hurricane Joaquin, spread far and wide after the US flagged cargo ship disappeared in 140-knot winds near the Bahamas. The ship’s owner said Capt. Michael Davidson had “a sound plan” to avoid the storm, a plan which apparently unraveled when the ship lost her main engine. In other words, not a very sound plan. Past crew say the ship has serious structural problems, and the family of one of the 33 seamen lost have already sued for $100M, with the other suits to follow quickly. For the full crew roster of the lost ship, click here.
Not all hurricane stories are bad ones; the US Coasties rescued 12 from the cargo ship Minouche off the coast of Haiti as she sank, another casualty of Joaquin. Rescue video here.