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10-23-2004, 10:25 AM
On wednesday Oct 20 there was a report on a sailing disaster off the Oregon coast. Two sailors were plucked out of the water and the sailbaot was left behind. I would like to know more about this story. What happened to the 3 masted sailboat? What was the name of the sailboat?
Here's a link http://www.kpua.net/news.php?id=3528. It's a 55' three masted boat, which I would guess is a Marco Polo. One of the men is from Mass' I'm glad to see it's not Ian mcColgin as he appears to be on a diatribe in the bilge.
10-23-2004, 11:11 AM
Glad you found the story and that all are safe. I can't imagine a marco polo splitting so badly and am puzzeled by the reported damage yet not taking water in 30' seas. I hope we learn more.
"Coster identified one of the men as Robert Wallace and said he was from Massachusetts. Coster said he did not know the man's hometown. The other man was not immediately identified"
10-23-2004, 10:04 PM
Our local news station (Victoria) aired an interview with the two guys and it was mentioned that the older of the two was a well known boat builder???
Great to see a happy ending for those two guys but now the intreging story has to be what happened to the boat. The news cast simply mentioned that it was left at sea and the owner hadn't made any decisions as to what to do next regarding the sailboat.
Imagine beachcombing and spoting it washed up COOL!
10-23-2004, 10:54 PM
Local news reports that the owner hoped to reboard after the storm if the vessel survived.
12-26-2004, 09:34 PM
re: "Sailing Disaster"-I am the owner of the 3-masted vessel-(Marco Polo it is!) which was the subject of the news item from Oregon in October. I am in Massachuestts now. Would be glad to relate the actual chain of events and outcome to those interested (There is usually something to be learned)-perhaps by private e-mail? I would be happy to do this as the fact is that the media gets maybe 50% (I am being gracious) of the info straight when it comes to boat and airplane events. Can anyone suggest the proper way to go more private from this forum? Holiday Cheers for now from BW
12-26-2004, 09:40 PM
You are more than welcome to post the story here - in fact, many people would like to hear it! By all means, post pictures if you've got them - pictures are greatly appreciated here!
You won't be the first to bring us a first or near-first person account of a sailing/shipping accident. There was one a few months back about a gravel carrier capsizing in a Norwegian harbor a few months back and a forum participant lived in the town and is envolved with maritime business and was able to give us an almost-daily recounting as events unfolded.
Just don't go off too much on the coasties if you're so inclined - they're popular with some folks here... ;)
12-27-2004, 12:24 AM
Please do post the story here. It will be read avidly by many of us. I think many on this forum are sailors who seek all the good advice and alerts to seamanship we can get. There, but for the grace of God...
/// Frank ///
12-27-2004, 04:02 AM
Bob Wallace, I presume? I'm sure most of us would be delighted were you to post the story here Bob. Please do.
I hope your boat has been as fortunate as James Caird herself was.
12-27-2004, 05:54 AM
Despite some of the nonsense that goes on down in the bilge, know that you are among friends here. Tell it or don't - but you'll not find a more helpful or less judgemental group. And we would like to hear it.
12-27-2004, 08:50 AM
I'm with those guys - let's hear it. Glad you're here to tell it.
12-27-2004, 10:33 AM
You and your experience will be well received by those of us thirsting for knowledge. I'm sure Ian McColgin will be particularly interested being a Marco Polo owner and live-aboard himself.
Yes again, please tell your story here. Many of us would be very interested to hear it.
Got your email (and so did Meerkat and IMcG) Bob. The contents are awesome (in the original meaning of the word). Please post it here.
meerkat, read your email and you won't have to worry about the Coast guard.
Wooden Boat Fittings
12-28-2004, 07:03 AM
Okay, my appetite's really whetted now. Please share the story with the rest of us, Bob.
12-28-2004, 09:08 AM
Thanks for your interest in Marco Polo "adventure". I am working on the "whole" story to get the record straight and answer some questions-but it will take some time-check back later/BW
03-07-2005, 07:08 AM
Checking back as requested. smile.gif
03-11-2005, 04:41 PM
Count me in; thanks in advance!
Would love to know the entire account. I do hope the boat is not badly damaged.
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