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lars
08-29-2017, 09:43 PM
It's been 25 years since Hurricane Darby gave a Southern California fishing party one memorable 4th of July holiday off Isla Socorro and Isla San Benedicto, 200 miles South of Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. Their Roscioli Donzi 65 sure helped them win some time, but late skipper Lance Ekberg and his first mate Jay Halford from Huntington Beach sure did their absolute best too. The Coast Guard coordinated for a successful rescue by an honorable merchant marine Captain and they were able to all make it home to loved ones and share the story. That was not the case in 1974 when 10 California fellows lost their lives in the same waters in a 63 footer and vanished without a trace.
Watch the video and read the article in Los Angels Times.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LmOs2tEp-yg

LA Times article: http://articles.latimes.com/1992-08-28/sports/sp-5991_1_hurricane-darby

Roscioli Donzi 65 sister ship:

Offset
08-30-2017, 06:11 PM
Fascinating video, thank you for posting it.

Wonder if the boat went under?

lars
08-31-2017, 02:06 AM
Fascinating video, thank you for posting it.

Wonder if the boat went under?

Oh yes, she was leaking like a sieve. Bill Holekamp, the owner, ordered himself another Donzi 65 Sportfisher right off the bat. He, the captain and all on board were very impressed by her sea-worthiness and credit the quality of her design and construction as two of the factors that saved their souls.

Ghost
08-31-2017, 06:26 AM
Lars, what in the world made you remember that now--did someone re-publish the story? (I recall reading about it after it happened, in Boating magazine I think.)

Morgan's Cloud
08-31-2017, 08:56 AM
I haven't seen this particular video but I remember seeing on tv one night a while after it happened on "Amazing Videos' , or something like that title.

I seem to recall the owner saying that the licks they took were so brutal that even the heads (toilets) were shattered despite never coming loose from their mounts. He recalled , in amazement , that the etched glass bulkhead window from the c0ckpit into the salon was completely intact without even a stress crack when on any other boat the entire thing would have long shattered from the flexing between the hull and deck .

I went through a Z65 in '93 at the Miami show with Bob Roscioli and I was amazed at the overbuilt way he did everything . If another boat had 1" stuff he had 2" and so on . They are incredible .

lars
09-01-2017, 01:41 AM
Lars, what in the world made you remember that now--did someone re-publish the story? (I recall reading about it after it happened, in Boating magazine I think.)

The current Hurricane season and the constant discussions among boaters here in Southern California where a great majority totally underestimate how treacherous the ocean is in the late afternoon out here. I was on a 3 week vacation in Manzanillo, Colima, Mexico a few months before this accident and never heard of it in the local news back in Los Angeles. However I also read about it a year later in Yachting Magazine, 1993 July issue and was blown away by how lucky these guys were to have survived. A few days ago I was reading about the situation in Houston and I remembered this old boating accident. Googled Donzi, hurricane and Socorro and the TV footage popped up on YouTube. I thought to myself, got to stick this up on our local fishing Forum here on the Pacific coast and then stuck it up on Donzi.net too out of habit with the hope that maybe it will make a few more boaters prepare a little bit extra for stuff that is hard to prepare for. With common sense, some seamanship and a well built boat, like in this case, there is at least a fair chance to make it back to a safe harbor.

P.S. Did rent a little Hobie sailing cat while staying at the Las Hadas Hotel for a few days, but unfortunately didn't spot Bo Derek. Haven't been back, but hope to take my wife one of these days. The Las Hadas Hotel is one truly remarkable destination and that goes for the whole state of Colima. D.S.

Article: https://books.google.com/books?id=xLzXfi33R9AC&lpg=PA45&dq=socorro%20donzi%20hurricane&pg=PA45#v=onepage&q=socorro%20donzi%20hurricane&f=false


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h8JX1Pl9F_Q

Check out the unique Las Hadas Hotel:
https://www.lasbrisashotels.com.mx/en/manzanillo/gallery/

Greg Guimond
09-01-2017, 08:13 AM
It's been 25 years since Hurricane Darby gave a Southern California fishing party one memorable 4th of July holiday off Isla Socorro and Isla San Benedicto, 200 miles South of Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. Their Roscioli Donzi 65 sure helped them win some time, but late skipper Lance Ekberg and his first mate Jay Halford from Huntington Beach sure did their absolute best too. The Coast Guard coordinated for a successful rescue by an honorable merchant marine Captain and they were able to all make it home to loved ones and share the story. That was not the case in 1974 when 10 California fellows lost their lives in the same waters in a 63 footer and vanished without a trace. Watch the video.

Good to hear from you Lars and thanks for posting this. Amazing stuff! You always find the cool stuff.

Ghost
09-02-2017, 01:10 AM
Ahhh, gotcha. Thanks for the throwback--I enjoyed hearing about it again and as you say, the lessons are timeless. :)

lars
09-02-2017, 03:01 PM
Good to hear from you Lars and thanks for posting this. Amazing stuff! You always find the cool stuff.


Ahhh, gotcha. Thanks for the throwback--I enjoyed hearing about it again and as you say, the lessons are timeless. :)

Good to hear from You Guys too. Wish You only the best.

Cheers, Lars.