I just talked to Gary Kerr on Seaknots chat, and he's ok after a rough ride to Bermuda..
He's a bit physically shaken but is restoring to good health..
The gooseneck on the boom blew out from severe winds.. That's why he was heading in the wrong direction for a couple of days until he could put it back together and set course back to Bermuda. Oh, he was pinging his spot locator so much during that time for his short wave buddies to follow in case he had to abandon ship..
After repairs are made, he will head out again sometime next week..
that's about all he could tell me as his computer battery was getting low.
Some of us had been following his Spot Locator as he made one attempt and returned to Nova Scotia due to the WX.
He did set sail again after a couple of weeks and it looked like WX was again a factor.. But this time he sailed on.
As he was nearing Bermuda, he suddenly changed course away from the islands that make up Bermuda, and was pinging his position hourly.
Two or three days later he was in St. George's harbor, and the pinging stopped.
I sent an email to the local paper asking if any information on him was available. I got no response.
So, I fired off a note to the local Bermuda Police station.,
"Good afternoon, I have a friend, Gary Kerr, that sailed from Nova Scotia about a month ago and was enroute to Bermuda when weather from the West caused him to sail in an opposite direction when nearing Bermuda. Others and I, have been watching his progress on a satellite locator beacon. It indicated that there was a course correction and he made it after only a couple days journey to berth at the Terminal Island in St. George's a week ago."
Since then, no word. And, no more updates from from his locator.
Is there something amiss that you might know of ?
Any assistance would be greatly appreciated."
I got this reply early this morning,
Please review the correspondence below from John Perkins regarding his friend, Gary Kerr.
I request a member of Marine Section make enquiries to assist with the identifying movements and/ or location of Mr Kerr.
Kuhn Evans Jr.
Acting Police Inspector 727 "
Inspector Evans informed me a short while ago,
I have just been informed by PC Lindo of the Marine Patrol Unit, that Mr. Kerr is still anchored off Ordinance Island. In addition, his vessel is not seaworthy at present, nor has he informed local authority’s of his departure date."
"I appreciate your rapid response in this matter.. Thank you..
Is he injured that you know of ?
Any idea as to the extent of damage to his vessel ?"
Final response from the Inspector,
"I wasn't provided that information. However, I have been told that he is contactable via Harbour or Bermuda Radio."
Well Gary, as in the movie E.T., "Phone Home"!