CSSN News – November 19, 2019 – CSSN announces a new partnership

Boat Watch CSSN is proud to announce a new (our third) partnership, with Boatwatch.org, formerly known
as International Boat Watch Network (IBWN), which was established in 2001 as a public service
to the maritime community. Boatwatch.org is now under the ownership and management auspices of Eddie and Glenn Tuttle. Eddie and Glenn Tuttle bring a wealth of experience and a history of community service to managing such an important organization.

Boatwatch.org will continue and expand the mission of IBWN, and they have established a new website Boatwatch.org, as well as an accompanying Facebook Group called Boat Watch. They will serve as a communications focal point/portal for the family and friends of cruisers with emergency communications needs and also for locating overdue and missing yachts/cruisers. They provide valuable assistance and interface with the many governmental agencies responsible for Search and Rescue Operations throughout the world.

Check out their new website Boatwatch.org for Current Watches, Unresolved Cases, Resolved Cases, Resources, Float Plans, and more, including helpful suggestions about what you can do to be a well prepared and educated cruiser. Let your friends and family know about this valuable resource. You will find links to their site, and their reporting form for missing/overdue vessels on the CSSN Help/Info tab.

NEWS – S/V Aureole


(DATE: 2016-04-21) The S/V Aureole, with 79 year old single-hander John Barsdell on board, went missing on passage between Trinidad and Grenada in early March 2016. The yacht was reported found about a week later in Venezuelan waters with no one on board. Jesse James at YSATT has received additional information from the family. He indicates that while the hull and rigging were in fair shape the boat had been thoroughly ransacked, everything that could be removed was gone – sails, dinghy, navigation equipment, batteries, etc. Mr. Barsdell’s body was recovered later, and initial autopsy findings indicated no obvious injuries.  A family member traveled to Venezuela and aided by the British Consul and Venezuelan CG, now believes that this was likely an accident. CSSN would like to thank the family and Jesse James for sharing this information with the cruising community and extends condolences to the family and friends of Mr. Barsdell.

Reminder – those making passage between Trinidad and Grenada can file a float plan with the TTCG, and if desired establish an agreed communications plan with North Post radio, who monitor VHF 16 and HF 2182 24/7. Here is a basic float plan template.

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