Riot crew,everything broke but the spirit of the crew - photo by Tamell Simons .
I couldn't help being amused that just three (at time of writing) of the six boats will finish the very first leg of the Volvo Ocean Race. One can't even blame fatigue – of boat or men. As for Puma, having lost her mast in the Atlantic, the skipper mused that they had neither enough food nor water to limp to their next port. Never mind, there's always the back-up plan - a ship would arrive with diesel supplies, then another to crane them aboard and take them to Cape Town. You'll have to go to a Sail-World Racing site if you want to read the rest.
Somehow I enjoyed more the story of the cruising yacht Riot, which had everything break but the spirit of her crew and she still finished the voyage. Riot was one of the NARC Rally boats caught in the late Tropical Storm Sean on their way from Rhode Island to Bermuda. (Next time they'll probably make sure their gear is in better order)
Great smorgasbord of news from our oceans again to keep you right up to date with what's going on in the world of the cruising sailor - the Atlantic Rally for Cruisers has set off again from Canary Islands in fine style – 217 boats in their 26th year... great news that it's getting easier to cruise the wonderful cruising grounds through Indonesia...in Namibia Sailrocket II is trying some new technology in order to reach the magic 60knot speed barrier for a sailing craft...alarming news about the Arctic Ocean...some hints about avoiding big ships at sea... and two great products featured, one low tech, from the sheep's back, and the other a super way to get your smartphone GPS enabled.
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