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    Re: The mystery of the Queensland version of the Marie Celeste.
    From: Gary LaPook
    Date: 2007 May 05, 11:31 -0700

    Gary wrote:
    
    That's the plot line for the recent movie "Open Water Part 2. " A group
    on a becalmed sailboat go swimming over the side leaving a couple on
    board. That couple comes on deck, not realizing they are the only ones
    left aboard, and jump over the side to join their friends. Nobody had
    lowered the boarding ladder and the boat has high freeboard.
    
    
    PF wrote:
    
    >Here's a link to what may be the last word on this mystery:
    
    >http://www.smh.com.au/news/national/cruel-sea-refuses-to-give-up-its-secrets/2007/05/04/1177788400656.html?page=fullpage#contentSwap1
    >
    >And a personal anecdote. We were sailing back from Lord Howe. Well, we
    >would have liked to have been sailing, but there wasn't enough wind.
    >It was, on the other hand, a lovely warm day, the sea was blue and
    >inviting, the bottom of it about 4,000 metres away.
    >
    >So we went for a swim. Furled the headsail, but left the main up - it
    >was too much work to get it down and then up again on this big boat so
    >we left it up, even when motoring. If nothing else it stabilised the
    >boat; we were less tossed around by the swell.
    >
    >So we eased the boom right out, effectively taking all the driving
    >power out of this sail. We also left at least one person on-board at
    >all times. Plus we ran a number of lines from the stern, including one
    >attached by both ends to the boat, thus forming a bight enclosing our
    >swimming pen.
    >
    >The (appropriately enough) deep blue water was speckled with white
    >spots that we assumed were plankton. But I noticed that although the
    >boat, from aboard, seemed to be hardly moving, once in the water it
    >became clear that it was moving about as fast as I could comfortably
    >swim. Of course it was easy to grab one of the lines and get towed, or
    >pull myself back to the boat.
    >
    >It was a sobering experience. We were very careful to wear PFDs and to
    >remain attached to the boat with lifelines; always at night and in
    >rough weather. And to organise watches of two, so we could keep an eye
    >on each other.
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