Westsail 32 Malulani Overdue

  • February 02, 2024 12:46 PM
    Message # 13309856

    Let’s hope there is just some broken gear and a long passage at the end of this story. 

    “The US Coast Guard is seeking the assistance of the maritime community, asking us to be on the lookout for the 32-ft Westsail sloop Malulani, crewed by 60-year-old Noel Rubio. SV Malulani departed Long Beach, California, on December 28, en route to Kaneohe, O’ahu, Hawaii, with a planned arrival date of January 18.”


  • February 02, 2024 10:01 PM
    Reply # 13310018 on 13309856

    Still praying for safe return!!!!!

  • February 05, 2024 8:11 PM
    Reply # 13311156 on 13309856

    A happy end to his voyage:



    Sixty-year-old Noel Rubio arrived safely in Hawai‘i with his sailing boat “Malulani” on Saturday, one day after the United States Coast Guard called on the maritime community to help find the then-missing mariner.

    The vessel Malulani is a 32-foot Westsail sloop that departed Long Beach, California, Dec. 28 enroute to Kaneohe, O’ahu, Hawai‘i, crewed by Noel Rubio with a planned arrival date of Jan. 18.

    After receiving notification on Friday, the Coast Guard began efforts to locate Noel Rubio and the vessel Malulani.

    The Coast Guard used all available means to determine the Malulani’s location, including urgent marine information broadcasts (UMIB) and harbor checks in California, Hawai‘i and Mexico. He last made contact via cellphone Dec. 28, from south of Catalina Island, California informing a friend that he was enroute to Hawai‘i. The only means of communication aboard the vessel Malulani is a VHF-FM marine band radio.

    “The Coast Guard is greatly appreciative of the expert consult advice on weather and routes provided by experienced trans-pacific sailors,” said Douglas Samp, a search and rescue (SAR) mission coordinator in the Rescue Coordination Center Alameda. “Mariners intending to conduct an open ocean passage are highly encouraged to have multiple layers of communication, including a VHF-FM DSC radio, HF DSC radio, satellite communications, and a 406Mhz electronic position indicating radio beacon (EPIRB) as the notification of last resort to help SAR authorities locate your position in a time of need.”

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