Please select your home edition
Edition
Naiad/Oracle Supplier

Orion on rescue mission to save French sailor

by Peter Campbell on 20 Jan 2013
Orion now in the Southern Ocean on course to rescue a French sailor. Peter Campbell
Orion, a small luxury cruise ship, is on course on Sunday evening to rescue a French sailor aboard a liferaft around 500 nautical miles south of Tasmania. An Australian Maritime Safety Authority plane discovered Alain Delord’s raft in the Southern Ocean after his single-handed voyage around the world came to an end when his yacht lost its mast.

An Australian Maritime Safety Authority aircraft, a Dornier, located Alain Delord in his liferaft on Friday night after receiving a distress signal from the Frenchman, who had abandoned his yacht after it was dismasted and the hull holed.

Delord, an experienced yachtsman who has logged 27 TransAtlantic crossings, was on a single-handed voyage around the world and was south-west of Tasmania when the yacht lost its mast. In heavy seas, it seems that the jagged end of the mast holed the yacht, forcing Delord to abandon the boat and take to his liferaft.

The aircraft dropped a second liferaft, a survival suit, food and water, along with communication equipment to the yachtsman, with a translator assisting in communication with Delord, who apparently only speaks French.

The Orion, 11 days into an 18 day Antarctic and sub-Antarctic cruise with about 100 passengers and 30 crew, was near Commonwealth Bay, responded to the emergency call and AMSA asked the captain to divert to the rescue. It is expected to reach the yachtsman about 6pm today.

The ship is equipped with inflatable Zodiac boats and an experienced crew capable of mounting a rescue despite reports of a seven metre swell and 50 knot winds.

AMSA confirmed on Saturday night that Delord had not reported any injuries.

Among the passengers of Orion is Tasmanian yachtsman Don McIntyre who is leading an expedition on the Orion. He has been quoted in Hobart media as saying 'His biggest threat…will be the physical damage from the waves and hypothermia from the cold….hopefully he is wearing a survival suit.'

A spokesman for AMSA said the experienced French yachtsman had 'taken all the safety precautions he possibly could', including conserving phone and radio batteries.

.
Wildwind 2016 660x82Southern Spars - 100Protector - 660 x 82

Related Articles

Bavaria Yachts to introduce Cruiser 34 and Nautitech 46
The Cruiser 34 will be on show at the Bavaria Yachts display at the Strictly Sail boat show at Bayside’s Miamarina The Cruiser 34 will be on show at the Bavaria Yachts display at the Strictly Sail boat show at Bayside’s Miamarina, from February 16th to 20th.
Posted on 13 Feb
Unique Transatlantic Sailing Event - Building friendship across oceans
Rendez-Vous 2017 Tall Ships Regatta, organised to celebrate Canada 150, 150th anniversary of the Canadian Confederation. Sailing in the wake of the great explorers, international friendship and understanding is at the core of this once in a lifetime adventure - The Rendez-Vous 2017 Tall Ships Regatta, organised to celebrate Canada 150, the 150th anniversary of the Canadian Confederation.
Posted on 10 Feb
Frigid flying – Coast Guard aircrews take on New England Winter
Freezing rain? Teeth-chattering temperatures? Limited visibility? Coast Guard aircrews are still ready to fly. Freezing rain? Teeth-chattering temperatures? Limited visibility? Coast Guard aircrews are still ready to fly. At Air Station Cape Cod, aviation maintenance and electronic technicians work around the clock to ensure the MH-60 Jayhawk helicopters are prepared and ready to launch. There is one thing the maintenance crews and pilots cannot control: winter weather.
Posted on 9 Feb
On board interview with Lisa Blair - solo Antartica circumnavigation
So far, Lisa is tracking very well in her attempt to become the first woman to sail solo around Antartica. So far, Lisa is tracking very well in her attempt to become the first woman to sail solo around Antartica. After the setbacks of a delayed departure due to gremlins in the electronics, we are delighted to have these answers from her on board. She is well and enjoying her time. Climate Action Now, her Hick 50, left Albany in Western Australia on January 22, 2017.
Posted on 8 Feb
Yachting cartoonist Mike Peyton dies at 96
“The World’s Greatest Yachting Cartoonist” died on January 25, 2017 just five days after his 96th birthday. Mike Peyton, dubbed “The World’s Greatest Yachting Cartoonist”, died on January 25, 2017 just five days after his 96th birthday. A modest, shy man, he eschewed the spotlight and seemed unaware of the esteem which in sailors all around the world held him.
Posted on 27 Jan
Zhik Xeflex® - your shield against cold environments
This radiant barrier mid-layer nearly defies description. This radiant barrier mid-layer nearly defies description. How do you make a water resistant garment that really breathes, yet reflects your own body heat back to you? Where do you find a compression resistant and extremely insulating filling that is nowhere near as bulky as the Michelin Man, yet gives you that kind of warmth and comfort?
Posted on 17 Jan
Sounds like a boat - Lisa Blair's departure delayed due to electronics
Final preparations of her yacht, Climate Action Now by Sydney-based sailor Lisa Blair have uncovered an electrical issue Final preparations and safety checks of her yacht, Climate Action Now by Sydney-based sailor Lisa Blair have uncovered an electrical issue.
Posted on 15 Jan
Lisa Blair starts Solo Circumnavigation of Antarctica
Over 3,500 people have climbed Mount Everest, only two men have sailed solo, non-stop and unassisted around Antarctica. Over 3,500 people have climbed Mount Everest, over 500 have rowed across the various oceans and 12 people have landed on the moon. Only two men have sailed solo, non-stop and unassisted around Antarctica. Sydney-based Lisa Blair, 32, intends to become the first woman, the fastest and the third person in history to conquer such a challenge.
Posted on 14 Jan
When whales meet sails
CAMPER helmsman Roberto ‘Chuny’ Bermudez found himself nearly face to face with whale in middle of North Atlantic Ocean. Currently the database for marine mammal strikes is very sparse. We are requesting sailors and boaters help to submit information on current and past incidents, however long ago that may be. By giving a location, date, identification if possible, and any other relevant information you can help scientists better understand where marine mammals are at risk for strikes
Posted on 8 Jan
Potential instability in Atlantic Ocean water circulation system
One of the world’s largest ocean circulation systems may not be as stable as today’s weather models predict One of the world’s largest ocean circulation systems may not be as stable as today’s weather models predict, according to a new study. In fact, changes in the Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation (AMOC) — the same deep-water ocean current featured in the movie “The Day After Tomorrow” — could occur quite abruptly, in geologic terms, the study says.
Posted on 6 Jan