My cousin Barry Perrins (Youtube aka The Old Seadog) is currently on passage from Panama to the Marquesas Islands, in his steel 36 foot Van der Stadt sloop White Shadow.
He is making very, very slow progress (I told him he should have bought a Jeanneau..) We suspect he has some sail issue and most likely barnacles also slowing his progress. He has been outbound from Panama for 66 days and is currently around 360nm east of the Marquesas. Position yesterday was: 8° 28’ 59” S
133° 53’ 25” W
Only currently making around 2 knts, but remains on course.
Yacht Name White Shadow MMSI: 235024511
Call Sign: MHFA8
Flag: United Kingdom [GB]
AIS Vessel Type: Sailing Vessel
He does have SSB but suspect may not be functioning, so presume he only has functioning VHF now.
We do not consider he is in distress, but if anyone might be on passage in the area, could they give him a call on VHF over next week or so.
I would appreciate if the knowledgeable ocean voyagers out there might also be able to relay this request to any other distance cruising networks and forums. I can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org
All fantastic news .. a French warship launched a plane they have spoken to Barry by VHF and he waved to them from the cockpit, he is well and has plenty of food and water. He has problems with his self steering and something with the mast, but he confirmed he does not require any assistance and hopes to make landfall unaided.
Many thanks indeed for all the support on this forum, if you have relayed my request to other forums and media I would be most grateful if you could give this update