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I met with Bali Hai in Malta some years ago. She was a SM owned
by John Hollemby, who used to be an active member of this group.
The last I heard from John was that the yacht was up for sale, and
as that was several years ago, I can only presume that she has new
A sad event, and I wonder why they did not heave to being so far
offshore? I had to do this for almost two days off Nova Scotia
whilst the wind blew at over 50 Kts, and my SM dealt with the
situation without fuss and I was able to complete my voyage from
Bermuda to Newfounland.
Whatever, we don't yet know the full facts. I hope that Bali Hai
is also rescued when the weather subsides.
Good luck to all.
Ian Shepherd SM2K 414 Crusader
On 05/11/2020 00:10, Mark Garver via
I am not sure who the current owners of Bali Hai
are, but on Nov. 2 they abandoned her off Cape Hatteras as they
were rescued by the US Coast Guard after their engine apparently
Here is the article, also the USCG recently posted a
Navigation Hazard report and stated the EPIRB is still pinging
from the vessel as of this morning 11/4. They state it is a 52’,
but as I recall Bali Hai is a Santorin.
UPDATE 0800 HRS
WEDNESDAY, 04 NOV 2020: The USCG RCC Norfolk advised the
EPIRB aboard the S/V BALI HAI is still pinging. As of
1246 Hrs UTC, 04 NOV 2020 the vessel was located in
position 36 08.33 N / 071 26.67 W. This vessel should be
considered a hazard to navigation and may not have any
lights on at night.
CAPE HATTERAS, N.C. —
The Coast Guard rescued two boaters from their 52-foot
sailing vessel approximately 172 miles east of Cape
Hatteras, Monday afternoon, 02 NOV 2020.
at the Coast Guard's 5th District Command Center received a
relayed notification from the International Emergency
Response Coordination Center regarding two boaters in
distress aboard the sailing vessel Bali Hai.
captain of the sailing vessel initially informed IERCC
watchstanders that he had activated his emergency position
indicating radio beacon after the vessel's engines had lost
power and was concerned about staying aboard due to rough
weather and high seas.
Guard Air Station Elizabeth City C-130J Hercules aircraft
and MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter aircrews were launched to the
scene to assist the crewmembers of the disabled vessel.
scene, the Jayhawk aircrew successfully hoisted both boaters
from the vessel and safely transported them back to Air
Station Elizabeth City.
injuries were reported.
just thought the group would want to know.