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PALM COASTER ’s Encounter with the Imperfect Storm

At 0830 on Sunday, November 3, 2002, Capt. David Appleton set out from Warren, Rhode Island on s/v PALM COASTER, a 1998 Lagoon 410 catamaran, bound for Bermuda and then St. Thomas, USVI.  With him were Daryl Dumala serving as Mate, and the vessel’s owner, Peter Stevens, both embarking on their first major ocean voyage.  As they passed Newport and headed out to sea, they met the NARC Rally Fleet embarking with virtually the same passage plan.  During the next 5 days this fleet and PALM COASTER experienced a severe drubbing from an intense low pressure system that careened off the NJ Coast to foment havoc across the Atlantic between New England and Bermuda.


Nim Marsh, Associate Editor with Cruising World, was with the NARC Fleet crewing aboard s/v HINANO, a Swan 48 heading for St. Martin skippered by Patrick Childress.  Nim put together a comprehensive report of the voyage and the fleet’s encounter with this storm.  Captains Childress and Appleton contributed to Nim’s story, which can be read in its entirety in the May 2003 Issue of Cruising World.

David's full recounting of the events of the voyage, “Viewing Angel Ponies from PALM COASTER,” can be seen here……

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