Yacht MARATONGA missing in North Atlantic, relatives asking for help
A letter from yachtsmen relatives:
TO ALL TRANS-NORTH-ATLANTIC MARINE TRAFFIC:
Sailing vessel Maratonga, 52 ft, steel ketch, 2 masts, left Norfolk, Virginia, on July 13th 2015, enroute to Azores, following to Portugal and Spain. We lost communication with the three crewmen, our relatives, after their SPOT GPS Messenger stopped working on July 26th at Lat 39.58, Lon -61.34 during fair weather and for no apparent reason.
They never made it to Azores (ETA August 20th) nor showed up elsewhere. Radio call sign is LU6VCR but no contact since then either, presumably due to engine starter problems (repaired in Norfolk), hence probably no energy and, also presumed, rudder and/or sailing breakdown due to no-show, implying no or little governability.
Drift patterns are difficult to estimate, depending at least on scenario, latitude and human factor, where they could be either drifting East above Lat 40 N, wondering around between Lat 40 N to 30 N, or crossing back Westwards with the trade winds on lower latitudes. However, the US Coast Guard have produced two probable Drift Patterns with their SAROPS model considering two different initial starting areas as from Last Known Position.
Alt. A) Considering sailing East from LKP (heading to Azores)
Alt. B) Considering sailing West from LKP (heading back to US coast)
Alt. C) Circling round the south of the Subtropical Gyre and back to the Antilles & Florida with the Trade Winds, below Lat 20 N - Sample Case: http://bernews.com/2015/11/yacht-lost-during-storm-located-near-bermuda/
We dearly request all trans-North Atlantic traffic to kindly keep the case in mind and a look out for an eventual sighting, in which case please identify, assist and report to the corresponding MRCC.
The Family of the crewmembers.
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