Monday, May 07, 2007

1000 Days at Sea: It took only 15 Days for a Major Disaster

On April 24, we wrote about Reid Stowe and Soanya Ahmad venturing off for their 1,000 days at sea venture. The Combination of Reid's gung-ho attitude and Soanya's complete lack of sailing experience, particularly any blue water experience, led us, and many others to believe that this is a disaster in the making. Unfortunately, for the crew of the schooner Anne, their dream voyage turned south two days ago, during their 15th day, the Morning of May 6, Anne had a collision with a freighter.

Stowe writes, " I was on watch in the pilothouse looking for lights of ships every 15 minutes to a half hour. I heard a loud bang and some scraping. When I opened the hatch, I saw the stern of a freighter passing by. We were not hit hard." They lost the bowsprit, the bow pulpit, and the headstay that keeps the foreword mast attached to the boat. Instead of calling it quits or getting rescued by the freighter that hit them, and perhaps returning after 15 days to make some needed repairs and re-start 1,000 days at sea, Stowe is pressing on. He adds, "its imperative that we get part of the job done before we hit any heavy weather." And Soanya adds, "...we could make it work. The 1000 days voyage is still in full swing."


What we can't figure out is who's crazier, Reid or Soanya? Reid is 55, was married and is, according to what we can gather, a very experienced sailor. Soanya is 23 and has no experience at all. Why would he take someone so inexperienced with him? And is he some sort of Svengali who convinced Soanya, against general common sense, to take a chance and head off to sea for three years? And why would Soanya agree to go on a voyage like this? Hadn't she ever seen Gilligan's Island? (and that tour was only three hours). We can assume that she really didn't know what she was getting into, but didn't she know how badly this can become.

As one blogger put it as they departed, "this could go very badly" and we also wrote "there are often closes that foreshadow the story." We'll continue to follow this tragic love story.

We wish them well and hope they come to their senses.

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At Tuesday, May 08, 2007 9:14:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Must have been a light collision, or a well-built schooner to withstand that! Makes you wonder about seamanship in general. I thought the problem was submerged floating containers and whales, doesnt he have a reflector? I guess we're better off going coastal as they say. By the way, you probably know this, but there's an organization called PortSide NY ( that is lobbying to start a community sailing programme in Red Hook (they have a donated Morgan 24 sloop). They will have a meeting for all who are interested Wed 16 May at 6:30 pm, at Community Board 6 Parks Committee, Red Hook Rec Center, 155 Bay Street at Henry Street. I love the idea of community sailing.

bernard from Carrol Gdns

At Friday, May 11, 2007 10:15:00 AM, Blogger PeconicPuffin said...

My thinking is along the same lines as yours...I wish them well but what are they thinking? If they can't avoid collisions with ships, and if after only 15 days their boat is already compromised, what is going to happen when they run into something worse? Heavy weather?

Their posts do not inspire me with confidence. I hope nobody gets hurt.

At Tuesday, May 22, 2007 12:15:00 AM, Blogger UltraCrepidarian said...

Thanks for linking to my blog.

It looks like they've struggled gamely to repair and create a mini-bowsprit (stubby!).

I hope they survive to tell the story.

Still, I think they're crazy.


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