Good day to sail.
Sailing from Florida to Bermuda aboard the HMS Bounty back in 2009.
I had this post in my drafts and was planning to post it soon. Unfortunately, I am now posting it for reasons I never expected. Last night, around 0430 ET, the crew of the HMS Bounty was forced to abandon ship off the shore of North Carolina due to Hurricane Sandy. All of the 17 crew made it into life rafts, and the Coast Guard is in the process of rescuing them. Latest news is that the Bounty has sunk.
It’s a sad day for the sailing world to lose the last wooden square rigger in the world that was still sailing. Bounty was a beautiful ship, and I have so many amazing memories of my time aboard. My heart goes out to everyone on the crew, which includes some dear friends of mine. They are not all back to safety yet, but the Coast Guard is in the process of retrieving them from life rafts.
Also, I want to say a big thank you to the incredible men and women of the Coast Guard who are risking their own lives to save these sailors!