News Home Video Gallery Newsletters Photo Gallery Cruising Int

 

Sail-World.com : Highly awarded Californian hero sailors now win New Zealand award

Highly awarded Californian hero sailors now win New Zealand award

'Contis accepting previous award'    .

They have already won an International Marine Organisation (IMO) award for bravery, a Cruising Club of America Award, and Sail-World made them one of the To Ten Heroes of the Year. Now the Californian couple have been honoured again for their courage and superb seamanship in rescuing three people, including a New Zealand woman, off a stricken yacht south of Fiji. (See Sail-World stories: IMO, CCA and Top Ten Heroes.)

Sophie and Maurice Ugo Conti have both been awarded honorary New Zealand Bravery Medals for the rescue which took place early on October 13, 2008.

The citation says the couple and their children aged four and six, were anchored off Vatuele Island, south-west of Suva, on their catamaran, Ocealys, on October 12.

At 11.45pm they picked up a mayday call from Australian boat Timella, which had a New Zealand woman and her hree sailing companions on board.

Timella had struck Takau Lakaleka Reef, south of Viti Levu, and was hard aground. The weather was atrocious, with winds of 30 knots and 3-4m swells.

By 2am on October 13, the Timella was taking on water. It sank 15 minutes later. The mast had punctured the liferaft, which also sank, leaving the crew stranded on the reef.

No other vessel heard the mayday except a cruise ship which was too far away to help.

Mrs Conti managed to call the New Zealand High Commission and later established contact with the Rescue Co-ordination Centre of New Zealand (RCCNZ).

It became clear that no other help could reach the stranded trio until at least midday, by which time it would probably be too late.

Realising they were the only hope, the Contis set course for the Timella, 12 nautical miles and more than two hours sailing from their position.

They arrived in the rescue area at 5.30am and searched the area until they spotted three dots on the reef.

After a fruitless search for a way to get close to those on the reef, Mr Conti launched the dinghy while Mrs Conti took control of the Ocealys.

'In what has been described as a brilliant display of seamanship, Mr Conti picked his way through the reef, despite the rough seas, and reached the crew, some of whom were showing signs of hypothermia,' the citation says.

By 6am, Mr Conti had pulled the crew to safety and returned them to the Ocealys.

Throughout the incident, the Contis were the focal point for communication between the crew of the Timella, the High Commission in Suva and the RCCNZ.

'It was this communication that not only assisted the rescue operation but provided a source of hope to those marooned on the reef,' the citation says.

'Had it not been for the courage, determination and superb seamanship of Maurice and Sophie Conti, the lives of crew of the Timella ... would probably have been lost.

'It should be noted that, throughout the rescue, the Contis had to consider the safety of their two young children.'




by Otago Daily Times/Sail-World Cruising

  

Click on the FB Like link to post this story to your FB wall

http://www.sail-world.com/index.cfm?nid=81998

9:57 PM Sat 2 Apr 2011 GMT






Click here for printer friendly version
Click here to send us feedback or comments about this story.


Related News Stories:

03 Dec 2013  Deaf British yachtsman receives RYA Sailability Award
01 Dec 2013  HMS Bounty rescuers receive top IMO Bravery Award for hurricane rescue
12 Nov 2013  South Australian Sea Rescue Squadron receives CYCA SOLAS Trusts grant
29 Oct 2013  Ten inducted into the USA's National Sailing Hall of Fame
21 Sep 2013  Sir Robin Knox-Johnston: another prestigious award in Monaco
18 Sep 2013  New Zealand honours Coastguard volunteers
02 Sep 2013  Bravery awards for Brighton yacht crew
06 Aug 2013  European Yacht of the Year Awards 2014 - the nominations are out!
26 Jul 2013  DAME Awards for innovation: Call for entries
15 Jul 2013  HMS Bounty rescue swimmers honoured, tell the story
MORE STORIES ...

Cruising USA

Canal Boating in the Alsace with the Galley Guys by Greg Nicoll with John Armstrong,


World ARC fleet arrives in Darwin by World Cruising Club,






Where in the world are our strongest corals? by Hanny Rivera - Cohen's Lab,








Barnacle Busting by Neil and Ley Langford,


From Penguins to Polar Bears by Cherie Winner,




Polar research: Six priorities for Antarctic science by Mahlon C. Kennicutt II and colleagues,




NCI granted dedicated VHF Channel by National Coastwatch,


Positive news for cruising boats in Greece by The Cruising Association,




















Risks to penguin populations continues by British Antarctic Survey,




Follow these tips when anchoring by Alex and Daria Blackwell,


Galley Guys meet the Spice Lady by Greg Nicoll, Andy Adams and John Armstrong,




If all else fails read the instructions!! by Stuart Carruthers, RYA Cruising Manager,




Phuket Yacht Show: new kid on the block taking on PIMEX? *Feature by Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia and Phuket Yacht Show,




Baltic 4 Nations rally is now in full swing
Tropical Storm Bertha expected to become a typhoon
Flags at Sea, an infographic by John Tissott
Cruising lessons from ocean racers
Procedures set out for waterborne visitors to Vanuatu
17-year-old RNLI volunteer saves child in first rescue mission + Video
Teen names latest RNLI Shannon class lifeboat in Poole + Video
Fascinating opportunity with OceansWatch
Fake GPS signals detected when cruising the high seas
Our new Cruising Editor editor remembers his first offshore adventure
Blue Planet Odyssey - Jimmy Cornell playing catch up on North West Pa
World ARC 2014 reaches Australia
Venezuelan Port Control lift recent port restrictions.
Seismic survey ship operating north of Aruba and Curacao
Predictwind helps you pick the best time to depart
Watch this whale lift a Kayak clear out of the water
World ARC reaches half-way point in Australia
Northern Scotland: Voyage to Orkney and Shetland Isles (Part 2) *Feature
Drowning or electric shock? What you need to know to help save a life
Costa Concordia - the $2.25 billion salvage operation ready to begin
Northern Scotland: Voyage to Orkney and Shetland Isles, more photos *Feature   
Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show - New location and attractions   
Long Island waters could become more taxing this summer   
4.8 million Legos all at sea   
Tranquil, colourful and funky, Genoa Bay is a must stop for West Coast *Feature   
Scientist pioneered tracer to reveal hidden ocean flows   
Sail-World 2.0 - the Beta version- Please take a look   
Dredging activity near corals can increase frequency of diseases   
World ARC heading out of the Pacific   
Understanding the Ocean's role in Greenland Glacier melt   
Desolation Sound added to Salish Sea Pilot free cruising guides   
Three Defensive Docking Strategies for Sailors   
Revealing report on Search for American yacht Nina released *Feature   
PredictWind's Weather Routing opens your navigation options - try it!   
Sail-World Cruising Founding Editor Nancy Knudsen says farewell   
Book review: Weather - you like it or not   
Vaavud launches generation 2 wind meter   
The drama begins - North West Passage sailors rescued from ice   
Entering an unfamiliar bay - decision time   
Baby Nemos finding their way home   


For this week's complete news stories select    Last 7 Days
   Search All News
For last month's complete news stories select    Last 30 Days
   Archive News







Sail-World.com  


















Switch Default Region to:

Social Media

Asia

Australia

Canada

Europe

New Zealand

United Kingdom


http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/Twitter_logo_small.png http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/FaceBook-icon.png  

United States

Cruising Northern

Cruising Southern

MarineBusiness World

PowerBoat World

FishingBoating World

 

Contact

Commercial

News

Search

Contact Us

Advertisers Information

Submit news/events

Search Stories/Text

Feedback

Advertisers Directory

Newsletter Archive

Photo Gallery

 

Banner Advertising Details

Newsletter Subscribe

Video Gallery

Policies

 

 

 

Privacy Policy

 

 


Cookie Policy

 

 



This site and its contents are © Copyright TetraMedia and/or the original author, photographer etc. All Rights Reserved.  Photographs are copyright by law.  If you wish to use or buy a photograph contact the photographer directly.
XLXL WAS Cru USA
LocalAds   DE  ES  FR  IT