SV Yasukole Safe at Anchor
Good news from Boat Watch Facebook Group July 04, 2023
Yasukole is safe in American Samoa. Please cancel BOLO. From Andy Turpin organizer of the Pacific Puddle Jump: ” We are very happy to report that the father-son crew of the 45-foot Island Trader ketch Yasukole are alive and well in American Samoa, having made landfall last Friday (June 30), after 78 days at sea.
They had departed La Paz, Mexico April 14 and, according to skipper Dave Wysopal, really had no gear failures or problems. It had just been a slow trip.
A highlight, he said, was when the big ketch became surrounded by hundreds of dorado, which swam alongside her for days. Dave’s decision to bypass French Polynesia was apparently weather-related.
While at sea, Dave and 12-year-old Zachary had no idea that family, friends and many others had been concerned about them since mid-May, when friends ashore serving as trip monitors stopped receiving regular automated position reports via the boat’s Spot device.
At the time neither Dave nor his trip monitors knew that there is a huge section of the Pacific where Spot devices are useless. (Yasukole carries no other offshore communication devices.)
Said to be an old-school, self-sufficient mariner, Dave will probably be shocked when he learns that a US Coast Guard SAR crew dispatched from Hawaii flew search patterns for three solid days looking for him and his son.
And even more shocked when he is told that although Yasukole was never spotted, that effort serendipitously saved the life of Aaron Carotta, an adventurer who’d been attempting to row around the world. When spotted, he was adrift in his tiny liferaft and unable to communicate, having been forced to abandon his badly damaged open-ocean rowboat. A tanker was diverted to pick him up, much to the delight of hundreds, if not thousands of Carotta’s fans on social media — many of whom then shifted their concern to locating Yasukole.
Needless to say, we too are thrilled that Dave and Zack are safe and sound. But we’re left pondering this zen-like question: Can you be found if you were never really lost?”
Broadcast Version For Maritime Mobile Service Network and Other Networks
US Coast Guard’s JRCC (Joint Rescue Command Center), Honolulu, JRCC Tahiti and others are seeking info on the status of American flag vessel Yasukole, a ketch-rigged, 45-ft Island Trader sailboat with two persons on board.
Having departed La Paz, Mexico, in mid-April, David Wysopal and his son, were sending regular position reports via SPOT transmitter until mid-May. The vessel’s last reported position, on May 13, was near 03*25N 130*46W. (Roughly 900nm from the Marquesas Islands, sailing on a fairly steep angle; 1600nm from Tahiti.)
The captain is known to be a very experienced seaman, but his boat apparently has no easily trackable equipment, such as AIS, sat phone, Iridium GO!, etc.
If you have info on this vessel please contact: Andy Turpin, Pacific Puddle Jump via: email@example.com, +1 415 272 3654, JRCC Honolulu, JRCCHonolulu@uscg.mil, JRCCHonolulu@gmail.com, +1 (808) 535-3333; JRCC Tahiti, firstname.lastname@example.org, +689 40 54 16 15.”
From Boat Watch Facebook Group:
Update David Wysopal:
From Jeff Boyd
Here are the Spotlinks for April 23, May 4th, 10th and 13th