All they had to do was stay on board and they would have reached their destination in three weeks. But their skipper, badly injured when a freak wave hit the boat, was suspected to be suffering from severe internal bleeding. They called for help, were rescued and abandoned the boat 700 nautical miles from Hawaii. Here follows the strange story of the yacht that just wouldn’t give up.
Quantum Leap, a 49-foot yacht being delivered from San Diego to Honolulu by delivery skipper Phillip Johnson, and left to its own devices with its main still drawing, took less than three weeks to arrive on a reef off Baldwin Beach in Maui.
Knowing that a reef is not a fit place for a self respecting yacht to arrive, Quantum Leap managed to get itself off the reef and set off for the shore. Not finding a suitable harbor, it deposited itself on Baby’s Beach not far away. Maybe it headed there because it saw people on the beach, which is a favorite family and swimming beach along the Spreckelville, Paia, shoreline.
By the morning of Thursday, Oct. 6, the 48-foot yacht, Quantum Leap, that Phillip Johnson, his nephew and another friend had sailed from San Diego, Calif., had been experiencing problems with its generators and batteries for several days.
The three sailors had worked for long hours trying to get the generator and its backup started again, but to no avail. They were starting to worry that if they couldn’t get power to their satellite phone and GPS devices, they might be left without a link to the outside world and help. Now this should not be a problem in itself, because after all, Quantum Leap was a sailing boat, and they could still sail her to her destination in Hawaii.
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