“Fault­less” sea­man­ship

Boating NZ - - Boat Review -

THE EN­TIRE CREW of Cap Capricorn had been called to emer­gency sta­tions for our res­cue. They wel­comed us on­board with warm cloth­ing, hot drinks and food.

They told us the ship had re­sponded im­me­di­ately to the alert from Res­cue Co-or­di­na­tion Cen­tre in Welling­ton. We were on their course from Long Beach, Cal­i­for­nia to Auck­land, New Zealand, and they had seen no other ships on that route. We were lucky.

Their sea­man­ship to lo­cate the raft and ma­noeu­vre the huge ship to get us on­board was fault­less. They gave us in­di­vid­ual cab­ins and ac­cess to the whole ship. We prac­ti­cally lived on the bridge un­til we berthed in Auck­land.

Of course, we dis­cussed if we could have done any­thing dif­fer­ently. We don’t think so. It could have been fa­tal to try to ex­tin­guish the fire. We had time to grab only the epirb, life jack­ets and grab bag. We will never know what caused the fire.

For days af­ter the our res­cue I suf­fered sore ribs from the pad­dling and some post-trau­matic stress, par­tic­u­larly dif­fi­culty in con­cen­trat­ing, was ev­i­dent for a cou­ple of weeks.

Will I make another ocean pas­sage? Prob­a­bly not, but mostly be­cause of my age; I am 70-plus. I still own Cezanne, a Town­son 40, and will con­tinue coastal cruis­ing.

The Sunny Deck crew with two of the Cap Capricorn crew. Mur­ray de­scribed the crew’s sea­man­ship as “fault­less” dur­ing the res­cue.

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