Day 9 - Spotted overturned vessel

Blue Note
Marco M.
Tue 17 May 2016 16:23
Date:  Tuesday 17/05/16   - Time:  12:00 EDT
Position 35:08.864N  75:11.844W
COG 35T SOG 7.5kt, Wind 173T 16.8 kt,
Temperatures: Air 29 C, Sea 22.2 C
Barometer: 1020  hPa
Last 24h Sailed Distance: 131 NM
Last 24h Decrease Distance on rhumb line: 122 NM
Sailed distance since departure: 1238 NM
Time since departure: 8d 1h 50m
Average Speed since departure: 5.62      kt
Average VMG since departure:   5.27  kt
Average VMG speed last 24h:    5.08 kt
Intention: sail to Chesapeake.
Distance to End on rhumb line: 119 NM
ETA (Entrance Chesapeake): Wednesday May 18, 2016 @ 08:00

Detailed Track (50 is the maximum number of point, i.e. once the last point reaches 50, the last point always is 50):
Click on "SPOT" at following link.

From yesterday before noon to this morning we had the engine running while motor-sailing.
Winds were very weak at about 6 kts. But luckily we had the Gulf current helping us.

This morning after sun rise we were still motor sailing on a wing-on-wing.
We were about 32 miles South-East of Cape Hatteras and we saw in the distance what looked like a fishing boat.
With the used of binoculars it appeared not the usual fishing boat and we changed course and soon it was clear it was an overturned vessel.
We furled in the gib and went by as close as possible while keeping distance from any possible lines in the water.
It was clearly an overturned motor vessel about 20-25 ft with what appeared a life-raft attached to the hull.

We called the US Coast Guard on VHF and report position and description. They asked to email them photos, that I did and that I also included here below.
They did not elaborated if this was already a reported overturned vessel or if they already knew about it.

Now we are on a broad reach sailing at about 7.5 kts, almost in cellular range of the outer-bank.
We expect to be at the entrance of the Chesapeake tomorrow morning soon after sunrise.

While motor sailing yesterday we decided to fish again and we caught a 4ft Marlin that we brought along side and
while holding his sword with gloves un-hooked him and set him free.


May 16 - Sunset on port side of Blue Note

Overturned vessel with what looked like a life-raft attached.

Overturned vessel with what looked like a life-raft attached.