I think this photo has been posted before, but I recently stumbled across a USB thumb drive that we had put our pictures on and handed around onboard the Vandergrift. This was on the morning of April 6, 2014, 10N 34', 122W 57'. The Vandergrift had arrived earlier the previous evening but it was determined that waiting for sunrise would make for a safer transfer from Rebel Heart.
The picture gives you an idea of the seastate. The obscured decks are roughly 20'-30' above the waterline, hidden by swells. The Vandergrift assumed this perpendicular position as to create a slick to leeward (note the RAM lighting). Rebel Heart stayed properly hove-to through the whole operation.
The helicopter on the back, an SH-60B Seahawk was flown by the HSL 49 Scorpions. That exact helicopter was the first US asset we saw after the California Air National Guard 129th. The Scorpions stayed airborne through much of the night, bridging radio traffic between Rebel Heart and the Vandergrift.
Roughly 45 minutes after this photo I scuttled Rebel Heart.
The vast majority of people who have contacted us in regards to the loss of our vessel have been overwhelmingly supportive and positive.
When the details emerged about our lawsuit against our satellite phone company (SatellitePhoneStore.com, aka Whenever Communications), a more complete picture started to emerge as to what exactly happened out there one thousand miles into the Pacific Ocean.
In the coming weeks and months I'm looking forward to more light being shed on the case. Several people have already contacted me about service interruptions of their own.
I can't get Rebel Heart back. I can't put my family right back on the trajectory that we had worked towards for eight years. But I am still a mariner, and I have many friends who make their living on the sea. I very much look forward to peeling back all the layers of the onion and letting sunlight in on the day of April 3, 2014.
Just in the few hours that this post has been up, yet another person has contacted me, sharing a story of "bad things" from the satellitephonestore.com service assigned to a phone.
If you have dealings with satellitephonestore.com similiar to what you're reading here, please contact me. If you'd rather not it be public, I will treat it confidentially.