Any updates on Tom Corogan's journey to Cape Horn

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  • January 03, 2012 10:48 PM
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    I was curious if anyone was recently in touch with Tom Corogan via Sailmail, Winmail or any other medium. I'd like to know how he is progressing.


  • January 04, 2012 6:36 AM
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    Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Let me ask around --
  • January 04, 2012 7:25 PM
    Reply # 787510 on 786699
    Unfortunately he was dis-masted and had to abandon the boat.

  • January 05, 2012 5:56 AM
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  • January 05, 2012 7:31 AM
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    Any chance TLC is under tow? The article reads as if she were set adrift.

    Harry: I don't know but towing a small boat with a much larger boat - wouldn't towing slow the larger boat down and therefore be a PITA to the larger boat? 

    When Latitude 38 has published the full story - I'll add it to his page on our site. 

    Tar Baby II was also abandoned at sea - broken rigging.


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  • January 05, 2012 10:38 AM
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    In these pictures, taken yesterday the boat does not look like it has been dis-masted:

  • January 05, 2012 10:40 AM
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    In this last picture it does appear that the headstay and babystay are loose.... but the backstay appears to still be rigged. I wonder if one of the lowers or uppers or a chainplate let go.
    His running backs are up

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  • January 11, 2012 6:50 PM
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    Gary Burton wrote:
    In this last picture it does appear that the headstay and babystay are loose.... but the backstay appears to still be rigged. I wonder if one of the lowers or uppers or a chainplate let go.
    His running backs are up


    The photo is too low resolution to be sure. I was hoping to find an article with updated details. My guess is that he was not dismasted, as the article indicates, but that he lost his backstay. Notice that while the backstay it taught, that the headstay is slack. That's what I would expect to see if he used the main halyard as part of a jury-rigged backstay. Since wire is heavier and doesn't stretch, the makeshift rope backstay would likely be tight and the heavier wire forestay would be slack. (Of course waves could affect what was tight or slack at any given moment.) Notice in the photo that both running backstays are taught as well. All that makes sense for a snapped backstay.

    Hopefully, we'll soon get "the rest of the story".

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  • January 13, 2012 9:58 PM
    Reply # 797492 on 786699
    Looks like you were right Jack -

    VALPARAISO, Chile -- An American sailor, from Port Clinton, Ohio, rescued in the remote South Pacific isn't ruling out another effort to navigate alone around the tip of South America.

    After all, he's tried only six times now to achieve the feat, and he's just 84 years old.

    "Age means nothing. What is important is that you are alive, so I don't worry about numbers. I worry about life. That, I think, is more important," Thomas Corogin said Monday after the Chilean navy brought him to shore.

    Corogin had set sail Dec. 27 from Easter Island on the last and most difficult part of his attempt to sail around Cape Horn, preparing to weather some of the world's most dangerous seas. But then a key piece of rigging snapped.

    He did what he could, but the fix wouldn't hold. In a week of sailing, he had ventured 500 miles south of Easter Island. Few places on Earth are more remote.

    "The backstay broke," Corogin said, describing a piece of rigging that runs from the top of the mast to the stern, keeping the sails trim.

    "I did temporary repairs with rope, but they would only last a short time and the mast would come down, so I could not sail and the tiller was locked in with the wreckage," he said. "I could not steer the boat, and the boat could no longer sail."

    Frustrated and physically exhausted, Corogin activated his distress signal. The Chilean navy confirmed it with the U.S. Coast Guard and then contacted the Japanese merchant ship White Kingdom, which headed toward his location. A Chilean search and rescue plane quickly took off, and after refueling on Easter Island, spotted the 32-foot sailboat the next day, 2,000 milesfrom Valparaiso.

    "It was a very good sight to see," Corogin recalled, "because all the way from Ecuador to where I was, I had never seen one ship. There was no traffic whatsoever."

    Was it frightening, being alone out there in a broken sailboat? Corogin dismissed the question.

    "I have no fear. When you sail on the ocean you have to understand your boat, just like the captain has to understand his ship. You do what you have to do."

    Rounding Cape Horn had always been the dream of Corogin, a lawyer who runs a small marina in Port Clinton, and gives sailing lessons on Lake Erie. It has always been one of sailing's most difficult feats, and he was trying it alone at age 84. His friends have marveled at his determination, and agree that he seems mentally and physically much younger than his years.

    Injuries cut short some of his previous attempts, including a broken leg and busted knee, said Charles Scott, a friend from Ann Arbor, Mich., who has sailed with him in the past. This time, Corogin fell off the boat at one point, and his injury became infected. He spent four days recovering at a hospital in Ecuador, then set sail again.

  • January 14, 2012 4:41 PM
    Reply # 797881 on 786699
    Just a lucky guess, Gary.
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