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Old 01-03-2007, 12:01 PM   #1
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Default Ken's Epirb @ 5pm PST

Jan 02, 2007

At Approximately 5 PM PST, an EPIRB signal from Kens ship was received by the US Coast Guard. His position is Lat 54.55.06 Long 86.17.00.

We will post any updates as soon as we know more....

Hope all is well.
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Old 01-03-2007, 02:39 PM   #2
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For those who don't know....

His website http://www.kensolo.com/

The topic

http://www.cruiserlog.com/forums/top...?TOPIC_ID=2703

I wish the best of luck to him and hope for his safe recovery.
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PLEASE keep us posted here. I almost feel that I know him.
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The latest info:

Jan 03, 7:00 AM PST

Ken continues to ride out the storm with disabled Privateer. A Chilean P3 (C130) fixed wing aircraft is within hours of his position. Once located, it will drop commication and support equipment to him. The Chilean Naval vessel is 32-38 hours from reaching him and a 570' Merchant Vessel out of Malta is steaming his way. The Chilean Naval asset carries a helicopter and can make a rescue attempt once his position is known and confirmed by the P3. The weather low should begin to pass this afternoon PST and give way to smoother seas and reduced winds. His cuurent position is Lat 54.45 Long 86.11...

Jan 02, 2007 9:15 PM PST

The US Coast Guard has contacted Chilean authorities, the Chilean Navy Search and Rescue is being dispatched. A Chilean Naval vessel with a helicopter is within a day of Kens position as well as a fishing trawler. What we know so far is that Ken has been dismasted, lost steering and is has a hatch that is broken and leaking. His EPIRB is transmitting his location, he has a survival suit and a life raft. According to authorities, he is properly equiped for this situation.
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Wow!! Thanks for the update. Please post more news as it may come to hand.
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There are pictures of his damaged vessel posted on his web site now. Looks like he rolled since the hard dodger, wind generators and solar panels are all completely torn away. His missen mast is also complete torn away.
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Donna Lange's website, donnalange.com , confirms the capsizing and she also reported having seen and talked to the Polar Pesca 1 enroute.

Poor Ken, he must be bruised in more ways than one.
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Chile, Thursday, Jan. 4, 2007. A fishing trawler was sailing to rescue Barnes, whose round-the-world solo trip was interrupted a week ago when his 44-foot ketch hit a storm that broke both its masts and soaked Barnes' supplies and food. A Chilean navy officer said rescuers will probably reach him early Friday.

I hope he isn't injured!
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Ken was rescued!!!

News from ken's site:

"At approximately 3:00 AM PST, the Polar Pesca 1 rescued Ken from Privateer. A special thanks to the Chilean Navy, US Coast Guard, US Embassy in Chile, Donna Lange and all others who have assisted in this effort."
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In an interview posted on his website Ken confirms that he was having trouble rounding up while trailing a 300 foot drogue in 45 knot winds. He ended up going sideways and his boat rolled over. I am sure there are lessons in this for every one.
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Is there a transcript of the interview anywhere?

would be very interesting to know the wave hieghts. Also would be good to know what sail he had up - did he have a trysail?
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If you look closely at the photos, you can see that his main was nicely flaked and tied to the boom. Probably meaning that he was using his ginny and missen sail.
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The question that many of us are asking at the dock is why did he lose his engine and steering????

I've had my engine 50% submerged and it was still running.[?]
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Holy mackerel...

Thank God they rescued him. Very sad about his boat and plans.

I own a Kenner Privateer 26. I know he designed a 35. I thought they said his is a 44 designed by Maurice Griffiths, but it didn't say the design is a Privateer...can anyone shed some light on this? The lines look Privateer. Both can be sloop or ketch.

I would really like to know what happened since I have one also... although my mizzen is only big enough to keep good balance and assist in steering, I believe it can still catch a beam wave and hold it until you roll. How deep was he reefed? Did they say what his masts were wearing? I can't tell very well from the pictures...anybody see a storm sail? Both sticks were demasted? Gotta be wave impact or rollover doesn't it?

Anybody think that a sea anchor might have been a better choice to point her up with all that sea room instead of a drogue to maintain way? I'm not being critical and believe that his decision was right to him...I just don't know about these actual occurrences and have zero knots experience in using either device and would like to hear opinions to compare to written word. This horrible incident strikes a nerve for us since we have just posted a question regarding weather windows and bam...here it is. Every sailors nightmare come true.

We are so glad that Father Time intervened and decided to interfere with Mother Natures plans long enough for a rescue. We sincerely hope that he can overcome any psychological, physical and financial bruising and keep one eye on the horizon while he keeps the other eye on his projected schedule to set sail.[^]

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