Sailing with preparedness, or just blind luck- your choice.

Recently a couple of adventurous sailors on a huge sailboat, got rescued by an even huge-er sailboat, that just happen to have two things the couple desperately needed:  40 gallons of diesel and a highly trained crew of skilled sailmakers.  According to the media release:

The Coast Guard and the crew of a good Samaritan vessel assisted the crew of a sailboat 900 miles southeast of Hilo Friday after the ship’s sails frayed and fuel began to run low.

Coast Guard search and rescue watchstanders from the Honolulu’s Joint Rescue Coordination Center received a distress call at 7:40 a.m. Friday via satellite phone from the captain of the 43-foot sailboat Kehaulani. The 66 year-old captain and a 63 year-old woman were the only crew aboard the sailboat.

The captain estimated the vessel had two days of fuel remaining and would likely be 475 miles short of their next scheduled port-of-call on the Big Island.

Meanwhile, just by chance…

The captain of the 134-foot steel brigantine, Robert C. Seamans, was 150 miles away and quickly responded to the distress message. He established communications with the Kehaulani crew and coordinated a rendezvous location.

The crew of the Robert C. Seamans met the sailboat at 8 a.m. Saturday and provided 40 gallons of diesel fuel and successfully repaired the broken sail.

How lucky could you get?!  This is no ordinary ship, but rather (according to the Wiki)…

Brigantine Robert C. Seamans in Honolulu Harbor

she is one of the most sophisticated oceanographicresearch and sailing school vessels ever built in the United States complete with hydrographicwinchesbathymetricequipment, biological and geological sampling equipment, wet/dry laboratory and a computer laboratory.

Nice!  When my sailboat gets torn to shreds in the open ocean, I want a really big boat with a state-of-the-art workshop and a crew trained in traditional sailing methods standing nearby.

I’ll see if I can get a shot of the boat when they arrive here, and try to touch them in the hopes that some of their luck will rub off on me…


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