It reads like the beginning of a crime adventure novel.
He went down to the marina to do an anchor repair on one of the boats, the type of task he carried out every day as part of his job. He was in the anchor locker when he felt and heard the boat start moving.
What was going through his mind? There was time then to get off, even jump in the water, but maybe he thought it was merely being moved from berth to berth.
But the boat was on its way to Antarctica and there was no way it would turn back. Norwegian skipper Jarle Andhoey had just been deported from New Zealand, before they found out he was headed for Antarctica, where he didn't have permission to go. New Zealand Customs, having just deported him, were now after him to try to prevent his voyage to Antarctica, so there was no way that Andhoey would return to New Zealand. Whether he liked it or not the anchor repairer was on his way to Antarctica, an inadvertent stowaway!
What he didn't know yet was that Andhoey intentionally carried no EPIRB as they didn't want rescuing if something went wrong.
The tale so far is full of gripping promise, but you'll have to wait, as the rest of the story is just now being written, somewhere down in the Southern Ocean.
The rest of the articles in this week's edition don't carry the same tension and drama, and maybe that is just as well.
Operation Blue Water in NSW is trying to prevent incidents for boats heading for blue water, particularly for those crossing bars. You'll find the statistics horrifying, among them the fact that ALL fatalities involved people not wearing life jackets.
The Oyster 625 is profiled the European Yacht of the Year in the luxury cruiser category, and what a boat it is.. Mackay in Queensland is vying with the Port of Bundaberg as the port of choice for arriving international yachts, declaring they have won another international rally. The world's largest solar-powered yacht, PlanetSolar, has just headed for the Gulf of Aden's pirate zone with security guards on board, and talking of pirates, those arrested are not all guilty, but read how the innocent are sometimes treated.
Royal Geelong Yacht Club will be the venue for the Wooden Boat Festival in March, being attended by renowned cruising sailors and authors Lin and Larry Pardey. Read how many Australian yachtiesare having a bonanza, buying up foreign yachts and having them transported back home - and read why...
In practical news, the Product of the Week will stop the dreaded diesel spillage on your decks and Carolyn Shearlock tells why you need to read her blog about everything to do with the Boat Galley.
Much more too, so run down the headlines to find your interest, and...
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