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Another rescue for second-time unlucky solo sailor

by Sail-World Cruising on 10 Mar 2014
Andrew Halcrow - second time not so lucky SW

He just can't seem to take a trick. The last time Scottish solo sailor Andrew Halcrow attempted to sail non-stop around the world his mast stayed intact but his appendix broke. This time AFTER he had successfully negotiated the dreaded Cape Horn his appendix couldn't cause any more trouble but his mast broke.

After more than three months at sea a devastated Andrew Halcrow at time of writing was waiting to be rescued by Chilean coastguards after his mast broke in a huge storm. It was extreme weather after the successful rounding - meant to be the toughest test - that has prevented Halcrow once again from realising his dream.

An uninjured Halcrow was forced to issue a M'aidez call for help after severe damage to his boat, the Elsi Arrub.

A statement on Mr Halcrow's website said: 'During the midst of a huge storm just West of the Horn Elsi's mast broke. It is with huge regret that Andrew has had to call May Day. Thankfully, he is safe whilst being devastated by what has just happened.'

His previous circumnavigation attempt in 2006 found him in the Southern Ocean south west of Australia when he was struck with appendicitis. A nearby tanker was sent by the Australian Maritime Safety Administration (AMSA)



He was then airlifted to the mainland for treatment leaving his boat adrift but, amazingly, months later, the Elsi Arrub was found still afloat and was brought back to Shetland.

See previous Sail-World story.

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