SV Footprint Float Plan


Atlantic Sailing - Begonia float plan

Note: This may not be the latest version of the floatplan - the latest information is always available with our emergency contacts

Where are we now? - You can follow our actual progress via The links in the Follow our Journey section

Depart From

Cape Town, South Africa (33.9°S, 018.4°E )
Departure notifications submitted

Heading For

Jamestown, St Helena (Atlantic Ocean) (15.9°S, 5.7°W)

Expected Route

Planned route (expected sailing route distance is about 1800 nm) We currently expect to head directly to destination adapting for any currents and the weather.

The actual route taken will be based on regular weather reports received at sea, and will provide for the safest, most comfortable route (rather than the shortest or quickest route). Our daily updates will report any significant changes.

You can follow our actual progress via The links in the Follow our Journey section

Date/Time Depart

Depart: Tue 3rd Jan 2023, around 05:00am (Boat Time) Time Zone info

Date/Time Arrival anticipated

Arrive by: Wednesday 18th Jan 2023, around 10:00am (Boat Time) Time Zone info

This date may be updated on passage directly with our emergency contacts.
** We are unable to update this web page while on passage, but emergency contacts will have latest date.

Date/Time Arrival Sound Alarm if no additional contact by

Alarm if no word by: 08:00(am) on 20th Dec 2023 (Boat Time) Time Zone info

This date may be updated on passage directly with our emergency contacts.
** We are unable to update this web page while on passage, but emergency contacts will have latest date.

We will also make contact with our official contacts once we are secure after arrival and can find a suitable means to contact (most likely by email, phone, or Skype). So unless the EPIRB is set off, even if you don't hear from us we expect we are fine until this date/time, if you don't hear from us before this date/time - then you can start worrying!

If for some reason the EPIRB is activated this should be treated as an emergency situation, if accidental we will endevor to make contact and notify ASAP.

For Guidance on what to do if our assigned emergency contacts don't hear from us by the given dates - please see USCG FloatPlan - back page

Search And Rescue (SAR) - Varies by coutry/area - see SAR by country/area
For Australian waters - see Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA)

Known Equipment Issues

HAM/SSB recently tested (October 2022), and found that it can receive but not transmit (we have alternative sat comms fully functional)

Radar power connection corrosion causing intermittent issues (we are not expecting any fog nor night time approaches)

Both spinnaker sails are out of action pending repairs

No additional known issues, vessel is well maintained and serviced


Time Zones

Universal Time

UTC (equivalent to GMT) makes it easy to compare the time in different places.
Many areas have a standard time, and a daylight savings time (DST) to further complicate matters, but we hope the following information helps

Departing Port

South Africa is on South African Standard Time (SAST) = UTC+2

Arriving Port

St Helena is on is on Greenwich Mean Time all year (GMT) = UTC+0

Boat Time

Boat time will be on the mid-Zone - so using UTC+1

England, UK
(for emergency contact)

UK will be in Grenwich Mean Time (GMT:UTC+0),
So boat will be 1 hours ahead of UK time; Noon on the boat will be 11am (same day) in the UK.

Queensland, Australia
(for emergency contact)

Queensland is on Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST:UTC +10), they have no daylight savings -
So boat will be 9 hours behind/earlier than QLD for this passage (i.e. Noon on the boat is 9pm in QLD). UK will be 10 hours behind/earlier than QLD time.


Progress Reports

Follow our Journey / Position reporting

We have several methods of tracking the boat progress (each dependent on hardware and technology actually working)

Contacts

You can follow our actual progress via The links in the Follow our Journey section

Where possible we will attempt to check offshore emails daily (this also allows us to see text only versions of my main gmail account and selectively download any important looking emails) (via our Iridium Go/Satellite data plan)

Daily we hope to submit email status and position updates to our named contacts (note: WHERE POSSIBLE)

During passage we will ONLY monitor emails sent to our off-shore email account(s). {Note: NAMED contacts can feel free to send SMALL TEXT only emails to our off shore account while we are on passage - but be aware reciept is slow and problematic so please limit any emails to simple text only and remove any unwanted text (e.g. delete any text from any message you may be replying to, remove unnecessary signature text etc..)}

Normally the email account will be checked between 0630-0700 local-boat time, at the same time we send our daily contact email.

We WILL make Email or phone contact with both emergency contacts on safe arrival at destination

To make contact with us

There are several options to make contact with us

  • VHF Channel 16 will be on at all times while underway (for nearby vessels) - option of MMSI calls, MMSI number is 367543090.
  • EMAIL (text only) to our off-shore account - WDG5081 at Sailmail DOT com (note: we ONLY check this account regularly whilst on a passage, if you send to this email address generally we may not check/see it until next passage, or general email use our standard emails.)
  • Any email to Maryanne's normal gmail account will also be visible to us and we can choose to access it early/while offshore if it looks urgent/relevant (based on subject line and/or sender) - note we may not be able to view any attachments until arrival back in the land of normal internet signals.
  • CALL our satellite phone/Iridium Go (Beware price to caller! and note we do not have the phone app on at all times)
  • TEXT our satellite phone/Iridium Go using your internationl texting plan (beware price!) - or better still via a free URL - see satellite phone and note we do not have the phone app on at all times
  • Short text Messages can also be sent via FollowingSea.Net - Use the message Button - please include your name so we know who sent the message, this is forwarded to us as an email.

Note: We retrieve emails sailmail, and Maryanne's gmail via our IridiumGo/satellite phone data plan, (Our Winlink/HAM account will act as backup); we have two separate working computers available for this purpose, and smart devices

Caution

Daily updates to position report, email downloads, etc, rely on a working computer, SSB/mobile/ satellite phone, power etc... all kinds of problems may prevent such updates so don't be unduly concerned if no reports are received from us, unless we are also past our scheduled arrival date/time.

We will attempt to contact our emergency contacts if anything CHANGES about our expected arrival date/time


Emergency Contacts

Search And Rescue (SAR)

Search And Rescue (SAR) varies by coutry/area - see SAR by country/area
Search And Rescue (ZA) for South African waters is coordinated by the Maritime Rescue Coordination Center(MRCC)/a>

For Guidance on what to do if our assigned emergency contacts don't hear from us by the given dates - please see USCG FloatPlan - back page

Contact 1:

Sarah K. (Sister)

Location

England, UK (UTC, with Daylight savings seasonally (UTC+1): from last Sunday in March to Last Sunday in October)

Phone / Email

Made available to emergency contacts and required authorities (e.g. EPIRB registration information)

Contact 2:

Jusine P. (Friend)

Location

Queensland, Australia (UTC+10, with no daylight savings time)

Phone / Email

Made available to emergency contacts and required authorities (e.g. EPIRB registration information)


Vessel Information

Boat Name

Begonia See pictures .

Registered Home Port

Portland, OR (USA)

Documented #

USCG No. 1241087

Year and Make

2001 Fountaine Pajot - Athena 38'

Length

11.6m (38 feet)

Type

Sloop rigged Sailing Catamaran - mast height 19.14m (59' 6")

Width

6.4m (21 feet)

Draft

1.2m (3.5 feet) draft

Hull material

Fibreglass

Hull Color

White

Features

Catamaran has Blue sail covers/trim (since Dec 2017 sail cover has 3 white chafe patches added), boat has a black trampoline (fitted 2022) at foredeck, wind generator at stb rear, hard solar panels on rear centre, and additional 3 flexible solar panels on Blue canvas Cockpit Bimini.

Reflective SOLAS tape patches on mast, wind generator post, sides, and underside.

White plastic hatch covers may be installed (generally removed when no passage, but they can be seen in most of the pictures)

Bright yellow Portland Pudgy dinghy (stored in davits under solar panel, and with gray cover when underway on passage).

Portland Pudgy dingy/life raft See pictures

Vessel - Propulsion


Sails

Main Sail, Roller-furler Jib, and additional (optional) head sails

  • Spinnaker - starcut: White with blue edges and red central arms - no numbers see pictures

Engine/Outdrive

2x Yanmar 2GM20-93

Vessel - Communication


Radio Call sign

Vessel: WDG5081 - but generally answer to 'Begonia'

DSC MMSI #

367543090

VHF Radio Type

Fixed - Standard Horizon GX2100
Handheld simple VHF also

AIS

We have AIS transponder aboard, generally on all the time (except at anchor), and reporting using our MMSI number (367543090) See Tracking Links for most recent picked up report

HAM and SSB - ICOM IC-M700Pro

Call signs - Kyle: AI4QH
Maryanne: AI4QI

No specific channels monitored, used for email, position reports, and weather reports (but avaialble to transmit in an emergency)

HAM/SSB radio (with pactor/computer connections and Winlink/Sailmail accounts)

VHF Channels Monitored

VHF Channel 16, only monitored when underway

EPIRB

See Safety Section Below

Mobile Cell Phones

Note: cell phones aboard, but unless otherwise reported you should assume these have no active signal. Sometimes not even a valid SIM card especially on passages between countries)

Off Shore Daily Email Account

Email account used off shore has been made available to contacts. For details see contacts

{Note: email reciept is slow and problematic so please limit any emails to simple text only from approved contacts and remove any unwanted text (e.g. prior message you may be replying to)}

Iridium Satellite Phone #

We have an Iridium Go aboard which is a satellite communications device. The Phone number is +8816 4146 3383 HOWEVER it is not always in phone mode (due to power conservation). It is an expensive international rate for you to call us, so we give this number primarily as an emergency (or text/SMS) option. Primarily intended for for our emergency contacts to use.

To access From North America: dial 011 8816 4146 3383. or from UK: 00 8816 4146 3383 ** Check rates **

Phone will receive text messages and will record voice mail if necessary (even if not turned on at time of call or text)

To send a text message without charge using this web site (using the phone number: 881641463383) - You are limited to 120 characters and please include your name so we know who sent it :-)

It is also possible to email our Iridium Go boat account: Begonia AT myiridium DOT net (please keep it short)

We will expect to turn on the Satellite phone daily between the hours of 0630-0700 local / boat time. Text messages and voice messages can be sent any time but only received once we actually connect! For non-urgent messages to be sent to us at sea (by named contacts only), the offshore email account is best to use (jokes, photos, etc can be sent to our 'normal' email account so we don't waste sat phone minutes to receive them - these accounts will be checked once standard internet is available).

Weather Monitoring

  • We download area grib files daily when possible (via email through SSB or cell/sat.phone) for processing via software such as qtVlm, again using forecast along with boat polars to select the best route
  • We subscribe to PredictWind and replot a route daily based on weather condition and boat polars (and take its recommendataions along with our own calculations to determine a plan)
  • We monitor VHF channels, and SSB groups for weather reports

Vessel - Navigation

Aids to Navigation aboard

  • Paper Guidebooks / independent electronic Charts of expected areas
  • Electronic Charts through Navionics on main chartplotter and on 2x smartphones
  • Area charts, and selected Satellite images, through OpenCPN on 2 laptops and/or via Zulu Offline on smart phones
  • Compass
  • GPS (3 built into boat systems and 3 handhelds)
  • Depth Sounder
  • Sextant, tables & star charts (with timekeeping)
  • Tide and Current tables


Safety and Survival

Dinghy/Life boat

Bright yellow Portland Pudgy dinghy (stored in davits under solar panel)

Prior to passage dinghy has been parepared in liferaft mode, stocked with PLB/EPIRB, food, water, first aid, canpoy inflation cylinders and pump, para-anchor, and other survivial equipment and gear. Has gray cover when not deployed.

When dinghy in life raft mode is actually deployed it has a bright orange inflatable cover

If sailing kit rigged, it has a bright orange sail (no numbers).

Portland Pudgy dingy/life raft See pictures

Visual Distress

  • Flares
    • 2 x AURORA Para Red Rocket Signal Flare - Expire 2024-03
    • 2 x AURORA Red Handheld Signal Flare - Expire 2023-12
    • 2 x AURORA Orange Handsmoke Signal Flare - Expire 2023-12
    • 2 x AURORA Orange Handsmoke Signal Flare - Expire 2023-11
    • Selection of additional expired flares
      • 2 x COMET brand 40second Red Parachute Flare - Expire 2020-11
      • 2 x COMET brand 60second Orange Smoke Flare/Torch - Expire 2020-11
      • 4 x COMET brand 60second Red Handheld Smoke Flare - Expire 2020-10
      • 1xDye Marker
      • 6 x SOLAS Red Parachute Flare - Expire 2016-10
      • 6 x SOLAS Red Handheld Flare - Expire 2016-11
      • 2 x SOLAS Orange Smoke Signal Cannisers - Expire 2016-11
      • Mixed Flare Kit in Dinghy/Life Raft
  • Distress Flag
  • Flashlights / Searchlights
  • Signal Mirror

Audible Distress

  • Loud Hailer option on VHF
  • Horn
  • Whistles
  • Lifetag linked to Chartplotter MOB alarm

LifeBoat/Dinghy Combined

9' Portland Pudgy - bright yellow hard dinghy with orange sail (if deployed).

EPIRB / PLB

Manual Deploy, ACR RLB-35 Global fix, built in GPS - UIN-2DCC5 68F86 FFBFF - Registration Expires Jan 2025, Battery replaced by user Dec 2020 and self test is good (tested before sail)

Manual Deploy, ACR PLB-350C Aqualink View PLB, built in GPS - UIN-2DCE6 80DBC FFBFF - Registration Expires Jan 2025

Drogue

Gale Rider Drogue

Extreme Weather Gear

Foul Weather gear and sun protection, shade and shelter aboard

Radar Reflector

Tri-Lens radar reflector mounted on mast. (Standard Size)

Ground Tackle

Primary Anchor - 65lb S140 Spade Anchor

Secondary Anchor - 22lb Danforth

75m (245') of chain and additional line at the ready.

Sailing Safety Gear

Jacklines, preventers, tethers

Other Safety Gear

  • Lifetag system connected to chartplotter (with 5 remotes for crew)
  • Water activated strobe lights for crew
  • 2x PFDs (type II)
  • 2x PFDs with auto inflate (type V) with harness
  • 5x Throwable cushions (type IV)
  • 2x Throw lines installed on lifelines
  • MOB Pole
  • Lifesling installed on lifelines
  • Barometer


Persons On Board

Kyle Webb


Date Of Birth

Dec 15 1967

Sex

Male

Can Swim

Yes

Experience With boat

Conducted multilple previous multi-week ocean passages, Experience with this boat: 14,000+ hours (70,000+ nm), Additional extensive experience in prior boats also (including ocean passage making)

Experience With Area

Not sailed within this part of the Indian Ocean previously

Special Medical Conditions

Experiences vomiting/hallucinatory side effects with the anti-nausea medication Droperidol (Dropletan, Dridol or Inapsine); Droperidol is a butyrophenone

Regular Medication

None

Nationality

US Citizen

Maryanne Webb


Date Of Birth

Sep 13 1966

Sex

Female

Can Swim

Yes

Experience With boat

Conducted multilple previous multi-week ocean passages, Experience with this boat: 14,000+ hours (70,000+ nm), Additional extensive experience in prior boats also (including ocean passage making)

Experience With Area

Not sailed within this part of the Indian Ocean previously

Special Medical Conditions

Severe skin contact allergies: Sticking plasters (Band-Aids) / latex / Pine Oil / etc.. - requires steroids (typically 60mg Prednisone, daily for upto a week) to stop reaction

Prone to ear infections.

Regular Medication

None

Nationality

British Citizen & (naturalized) USA Citizen