High winds and seas made for difficult crossing conditions.
Many of the boats in the North American Rally to the Caribbean (NARC) have experienced a rough crossing due to a nor'easter that came off of the Carolina coast last week that produced 40-knot winds and large seas. The situation offshore is not improving this week as the late-season Tropical Storm Sean makes its way toward Bermuda.
The faster boats made it in over the weekend, experiencing a fairly quick passage from Newport, Rhode Island, which is where the rally left from on November 1. However, several boats are still out there including Island Packet 380 Triple Stars, which is experiencing autopilot problems, Arctic Rose, Song, Tahawus, Patriot, and Bella Luna.
The crew of Elle, a Beneteau 461, abandoned ship on Sunday after the weather took its toll on both boat and crew. The four crewmembers were rescued by the container ship Oleander, which was enroute to Bermuda. You can read more about the rescue at http://www.royalgazette.com/article/20111108/NEWS/711089941 and you can hear part of Elle's conversation with Bermuda Radio at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L1bQn1Ty_No.
Upon approach to St. George's, Bermuda, Riot, an Orion 50 ketch, experienced steering failure; here is an update from their Facebook page: