Earlier this week David Gorney got in touch with us about a sailboat that was grounded off Malibu, near the locality of Paradise Cove. David sent us some pictures of the boat and its AIS track on Marine Traffic.
But that was all he knew. Similarly, our subsequent efforts to learn more about the boat, its owners and crew, and how it ended up in the shallows turned up nix.
But as luck would have it, yesterday we received the following story and accompanying photos from Wailani O’Herlihy, who had heard about the vessel on Sunday.
“On July 4, 2021, I got my car ready to join the Pt. Dume 4th of July parade, and overheard there was a boat that had gone aground in Pt. Dume. Suddenly sadness was felt in my na’au (gut), because I’ve been a sailor for 43 years with a history of sailing from Kaua’i to Redondo Beach, the British Virgin Islands, the Caribbean, and Tahiti. I tried to wrap my head around how this could happen, especially when someone texted me a photo of this gorgeous sailboat aground at the end of Zumirez in Malibu. I decided to pay homage to this boat that could have sailed the seven seas.”
“As I drove to Paradise Cove yesterday, many thoughts went through my mind. Did the owner put out enough scope when he anchored the boat off the Cove for the 4th of July weekend? The reason I know the path the boat took is a friend from Anacapa Yacht Club showed me the path of the Aequus on the Yellow Brick app. Was the anchor big enough for the boat? Did the owner calculate the size of the waves this weekend? Was the boat left alone at night?
“After arriving at Paradise Cove yesterday morning, I walked out to the water’s edge and glanced around the corner to see the mast leaning over with a set of three spreaders. The tide was high, therefore I would have to navigate walking around rocks to get to the boat. I analyzed the waves and dashed across as the water receded. I made it to the beach and had it all to myself with the boat in front of me. There were a few paddle-boarders about 500 feet to the right. I put on my headphones and played Hawaiian music while saying farewell by dancing hula to this beautiful sailboat, Aequus. I stopped to research the Latin definition of this name and it meant kind, patient.
“Hula is a form of communication and storytelling, and I stood there by myself and poured my heart out to this magnificent vessel. A big ‘Aloha’ to a legacy that could have been; to the adventures it had in the past. God bless the people that were on board and that they were safe after such an ordeal.”
“I received photos of the [vessel’s] ocean side from Sunday and Monday, in which the boat was trying to be towed off the sand bar but to no avail. It seems the boat would be left there to be tattered by the huge waves and to break up piece by piece to its demise in this sanctuary of the area we call Pt. Dume.
“I send a big Aloha to this beautiful yacht called Aequus.”