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Posted on May 3, 2018 by Jeff

What happened?

The Melbourne to Port Fairy yacht race is a 135nm race through Bass Strait and into the Southern Ocean – as the season turns from Summer to the Winter storms. In 2012, with the forecast for mild north winds and a SW change, the fleet set off – the yacht Inception, a Beneteau 50 amongst the fleet with many of the crew heading to their home town of Port Fairy.

When an un-forecast second front hit the fleet on the evening of Good Friday, the fleet was in dis-array. With winds gusting beyond 65 knots and waves recorded at more than 14 m (45-50 feet) the fleet were in survival mode. On board the yacht Inception, things took a rapid turn for the worst. With the loss of the liferaft, and then the rapid development of a large source of flooding, the crew were forced into the malestrom, in the PFDs alone. Tethered together they armed their ACR ResQlink PLBs (and the boat EPIRB) – providing GPS locations to the rescue authorities and the rescue vessel – a fellow competitor.

Without their PLBs, it is reasonable to expect that the crew would have been left to survive the storm until daylight some 6 hours later.

Words of wisdom

Without the PLBs, it is reasonable to expect that the crew would have been left to survive the storm until daylight some 6 hours later.

Thank you note

Thank you ACR!

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ResQLink™+

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This product has been replaced by the ResQLink View. Learn More It may be small, but it's tough. The ResQLink™+ Personal Locator Beacon (PLB) is a buoyant, GPS-enabled rescue beacon that's suited for outdoor adventures of all sizes (think: everything from hiking and cycling to hunting and fishing). Should you run into an unexpected survival situation, the ResQLink+ PLB will relay your location to a network of search and rescue satellites, allowing local first responders to more easily get you home safe and sound. Be Prepared for the Unpredictable!  
  • Buoyant
  • LED strobe light
  • Self Test
  • 66 Channel GPS
  • Easy emergency activation
  • Antenna clip

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