I was banned for LIFE by the Cruiser and Sailors Forum for posting a response to some negative information about the Nina search. My post read:
"Actually, there are some exciting things going on in
the Nina search. The use of satellites to locate a boat
in the Immense Tasman Sea will eventually save other lives. The worst thing we can steal from others is hope.
Fortunately, not many people have long term survival at sea stories because most get rescued. Those who do have stories, like John Gelnnie, who spoke to us while the Nina families were in Texas, was an inspiration. John survived 119 days on the East side of NZ. He is happy he rescued himself.
Unfortunately, in the Tasman, rescue may be more critical, as boats can get caught in a never ending merry-go-round of the reverse circulating currents.
The good news, the Nina had good store on her. She likely had engine failure due to fuel starvation. The text message sent indicates her sails were blown out. It is spring time in the Tasman, lots of rain for water and fish to eat. There is no evidence the yacht sank, no flotsam, nothing. They did a thorough search of the shore line and found nothing.
Let's stay positive, the search continues, new technology is being applied, all of us may benefit from that. We hope to bring the sailors home. If anyone is interested in looking for the Nina on satellite images pm me and I will get you set up!"
After posting this, I emailed one of the administrators on the board who had given me two strikes on a three strikes and you are out policy for posting a copy of a press release about a meeting the rescue team was having in Houston, Texas. Sailor, John Glennie, who survived 119 days in an over-turned catamaran was set to speak and I wanted to let Houston sailors know about it so they could attend.
So here I am, offering to set people up to search for the Nina on satellite images. All you have to do is log into the website, Tomnod, and off you go. My email to the admin asked for that permission.
Unfortunately, I neglected to spot the four words about the search willing to accept donations. Out of a 1000 word release, I should have noticed. For that, they gave me the two strikes because they don't allow "solicitation for donations" on their site, a rule i respect. Frankly, it was a release about the event, not a solicitation for donations.
The next day when I got up, I found I had been banned for life by Angela from the Cruisers and Sailors Forum. Her message read: