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Old 06-29-2013, 02:57 AM   #15
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Update on Ed Anker and Spirit of Rema equipment. Ed carries two computers with world charts, a hand held VHF, a hand held GPS as well as a Sextant and charts.
There are however no widely available detailed charts of the Isle St Paul and from the satellite photos and ocean charts it has shallows at the entrance to the inner 'lake'. If seeking shelter there it would take very careful visual navigation to avoid running aground.
Spirit of Rema was strengthened by Ed in the building process and will survive rough seas however a knock down or roll over may well have broken the (wooden) mast. I have given a full year for Ed being able to survive, drifting at sea, using rations from his normal six months plus supply, fishing and rain water. After that time it would become increasingly harder to survive unless drifting in a productive fishing area. I firmly believe that it is too early to write Ed off as lost at sea. I know of cases of people taking extra ordinary lengths of time to cross stretches of water once their rig has been damaged or lost. I am definately hanging 'in there' for Ed to turn up. John B / Saltyrope.
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Old 06-29-2013, 01:10 PM   #16
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Thanks John.. yes, we are still hoping that Eddie has survived whatever has been 'thrown' at him.
We were under the impression that he didn't have VHF or GPS of any sort, certainly my husband and I don't remember anything of that nature when we were aboard with Ed in Vigo(Spain) in 2011, before he set out on his voyage back to NZ.
Since my last post, I have received an email from the 'Base Commander' of St Paul/Amsterdam, who tells us that he has no news of Eddie, no messages have been recieved there from him and no request to land at the islands has been made by him. A French Navy Frigate checked Islands Crozet, during routine patrols in May, (with radar) and found nothing - aside from some 'floating debris' which they believed to be from a fishing vessel.
Photos of Eddie and of 'Spirit of Rema' have been circulated up and down the Western Australian coast through coastal monitoring authorities offices.
We are still hoping that he is out there somewhere, but find it hard to imagine the scenario aboard 'Spirit of Rema' and what trials Eddie might be having to deal with.
With fingers..... and alot more,.... crossed
'Eddies Gang'
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Old 06-29-2013, 01:16 PM   #17
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Further reply - with thoughts from my more technical husband.. the VHF, GPS and computers all require electric (?).. and as far as my 'man' can recall, Eddie only has one small solar panel to produce electric?? (although he accepts that his memory isn't what it was!!) Would this be enough to maintain everything 'working'. ??
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Old 06-30-2013, 03:00 PM   #18
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Further reply from the 'technical department' - we now believe that we can remember Eddie having the solar panel, (small) and a means of generating some power from the wind, via a 'windmill' on the stern. So again, would this be enough to maintain all electric gadgetry in working order?.
Another thought - if he has a hand held VHF, does he have a callsign?
What we wonder is whether he had these things when he left NZ way back in the dim and distant years gone by, but that they have given up, or been lost along the way, because we really can't think that he had anything more than his laptop with his charts on when we were aboard in Sept 2011 (in Vigo), before he started his homeward (NZ bound) voyage. He made a point of telling us how he didn't like too much technology and gadgetry. Indeed I had to help him put some money on his UK mobile phone, which he was planning on doing without, assuming it wouldn't work much after the Canary Islands, and he only put a relatively small amount of euros on it.
Its all very puzzling, and we are all racking our brains to remember conversations we had with him, or things he showed any of us and so on.
Keeping everything crossed..
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Old 07-18-2013, 11:50 AM   #19
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From Edward's time in the UK, Spirit of Rema has a small rutland wind turbine mounted near the stern, seen in the first link below.

There is also a small 4-5 horse outboard motor mounted over the stern in such a way it can be raised or lowered from the cockpit, it is not sufficiently strong to drive Rema against a sea but it was mainly used for maneuvering in marinas.

Some links to photos:
Untitled | Flickr - Photo Sharing!
Spirit of Rema + visitors | Flickr - Photo Sharing!
Goodbye Rema | Flickr - Photo Sharing!

Edward made very light use of electronics, but Rema is equipped with a VHF, GPS and AIS receiver. I reckon he would get enough power for those devices on an ocean crossing. He has digital world charts on a laptop and I suspect if Edward considered landfall at any of those islands he would have purchased the charts for those areas if they were available.
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Old 07-18-2013, 01:01 PM   #20
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Thank you seumasm for that information, which may prove useful in our searches.
We know that Ed had charts on a lap top,, but that he refused the 'GPS driver' and 'Chart plotter', saying that he preferred to work things out for himself - and I am given to understand from 'Saltyrope', that charts for the islands 'inbetween' are not easy to come by. I'll check with him.
Cheers for now..
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Old 07-26-2013, 05:56 PM   #21
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7 months today since Ed left Hout Bay, and we are still continuing with our 'search'.
We have had some information passed to us, from someone who helped Ed prepare to leave, - and I post it here in the hope that something might 'strike a chord' with someone. -
At the time of Ed leaving Hout Bay, (26th Dec 2012) weather services predicted a 'few days' of northerlies, and indeed the northerly winds did hold for a few days, and Edward would have been able to get well away from the coast and into the westerlies, as planned. He was planning to travel along the 40th parallel, dipping north or south of it as necessary. He expected the journey (to Australia) to take 70days at best (which gives a possible arrival date somewhere around the 5th March) He was not at all worried about the timescale and was prepared to be at sea for a longer period.
He had GPS, VHF and a short wave receiver, and traditional navigation equipment, which he well knew how to use and paper charts which he preferred. His wind generator would provide ample power for his simple electrics, and he has a solar panel.
He was very well set up, in a simple, efficient and seamanlike way. The vessel is a strong little ship, handled by a very experienced man.
With the northerly winds that he had when he left, he would have taken the opportunity to get south quickly and would not have made landfall at any other SA port. It is not likely, in any way, that he headed towards Madagascar.
He spent alot of time getting back into shape for the journey, and there were no medical or health issues that I was aware of.

So there you have it, a very clear 'report' from one of the last people to see Ed before he left. We would like to publicly thank this guy for his time and effort in both helping Ed with preparations, and in supplying us with this information.
We remain, with our fingers crossed that he is out there somewhere, and that the only reason for his non arrival is a simple one.

Safe sailing to you all.
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So here we are, just over 9mnths since Ed left Hout Bay. We had been pinning our hopes on the supply vessel Marion Dufresne, recently operating in the waters around the islands where we hoped that Ed was holed up. Sadly they have returned to port unable to give us any news of any sightings.
Further checks have revealed that the fishing fleet out of the Kerguelen Islands have reported no sightings either.
... and finally, an email received from Marine Rescue Co-ordination Centre (MRCC) Cape Town, tells us that they have "stopped all active searches for this vessel.The probability of success is just too slim"
This would seem then that they consider we have little hope of finding him now after all this time.
Difficult to grasp, but we must now accept that it is somewhat more than likely that he has been lost at sea.
Thank you to everyone who has shown concern and interest.
Fair winds to you all.. I shall still watch with interest what you are all up to out there, being on this forum has brought back many happy memories of sailing days gone by.
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So sorry to hear no sightings/contact made. Thank you for keeping us up to date here.

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We cannot believe that we may have lost Ed to the Southern ocean.We only met him a few times and had a wonderful evening with him in Ipswich docks before he left to sail south.What a lovely unassuming man.We think of him often and still hope for a miracle.
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Thank you, Anthony & Lynn for those kind words about Eddie. 'Unassuming' just about sums him up, and it is difficult to accept that we may have lost him.
We all hope against hope that he will wander into the NZ yachtclub one day (someone suggested, 'bearded and with long hair'!) and wonder what all the fuss is about.
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When my daughter was at home she used to go with me on some of hair brained excursions into remote areas just to see the country. Most would not go with me so mostly I went solo, still do, and I'm 66. She used to say, Dad, someday you won't return and we will never learn what happened unless years later someone finds your big boots. I always carried ID, money, in my boot just in case. Now she says one day I'll just disappear out on the water never to be heard from again. I said, maybe so but when I sail off into the sunset it will be doing what I have always loved.
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. Now she says one day I'll just disappear out on the water never to be heard from again. I said, maybe so but when I sail off into the sunset it will be doing what I have always loved.
Exactly!! and this is what we have to say about Ed - if he has gone, and it would appear that he has, he went doing just what he loved and wanted to do. It was his ambition to circumnavigate, solo and in the very basic way of the old sailing days, - and - he nearly made it.
It is, however, the not knowing what happened, that upsets us. We can only hope that whatever did happen was quick, and that he didn't suffer days of pain or so on.

Thanks bfloyd445, for your thoughts.
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Exactly!! and this is what we have to say about Ed - if he has gone, and it would appear that he has, he went doing just what he loved and wanted to do. It was his ambition to circumnavigate, solo and in the very basic way of the old sailing days, - and - he nearly made it.
It is, however, the not knowing what happened, that upsets us. We can only hope that whatever did happen was quick, and that he didn't suffer days of pain or so on.

Thanks bfloyd445, for your thoughts.
From the thread I get the impression Ed could handle just about anything that came his way so if he has moved on to a better world than ours, my feeling is it happened graciously.
In my life I have had two experiences which often come to mind one happened in 1987 when a very good friend had an accident when sailing on a small lake. Rod was never going to have kids cause there were already plenty to go round and he and his life long girl friend were fine until she became with child. They both thought the same way so there was much soul searching and they decided to get married, keep the baby. To celebrate they had a big party at Rancho Seco lake a 20 acre lake used for reactor emergency cooling that had been made into a nice little park. The day before the party to ice the cake he was promoted to an upper management position in the company he worked for. Everything was looking really nice and the couple were full of life. The day of the party Rod took his laser??..not sure what the name was to the park to sail. When he had showed me this thing a couple of months earlier I had told him it looked difficult to control and dangerous. Rod replied, she is a little feisty but lots of fun and fast. Well the day of the party there was a bit of a north west blustery wind and the party goers realized there was no Rod so they went looking for him. He was found in less than five feet of water and his sail not far off. The cause of death was drowning which most thought odd cause Rod was a very good swimmer. Thinking about it I believe a sudden gust cause a gybe which knocked him out in the shallow water and he drowned. Very sad but a painless way to go.
Then another incident I wish to mention happened to me when I was a child of maybe 7-8. I was in a swimming pool having a grand time when there was a blank second and then I was watching the people in the pool while laying on the bottom perfectly contented. I can distinctly remember the peoples feet and legs moving under the water which I found fascinating to watch. Then the next thing I knew I was sitting on a toilet with people standing around me. I looked around and asked, why am I here what happened. I was told that I was missed and I was found on the bottom of the pool and everyone had thought I had drowned. But as you can see I am fine and this is 58 years later. What that incident told me was that drowning is painless and you do drift off into a fantasy world which includes the world around you.
This is life, Rod has no pain, but I survived to enjoy another 58 years past of intermittent pain and maybe a few more in the future. Maybe that's why I like the water. It treats all equal even if a bit moody<smile>. Yesterday I the ocean off the Oregon coast was flat with almost no swell almost becalmed but for a very light north west breeze. The bar at Coos Bay Oregon can be pretty nasty but yesterday it was as calm as the ocean like I have never seen it before. Wonderful day as is today the tuna fleet is doing very well out of Coos Bay this year. There's a cannery there, Chucks Seafood, that I like to stop at to load up with canned tuna. The only better canned tuna is that which you can yourself but only sometimes. I've canned tuna and my product isn't consistant like Chucks.
Anyway my friends, I assure you Ed is fine, and grateful of your love. He is a lucky man to be so loved.
God bless
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