Australian Olympic Squad, NZ Noumea yacht in trouble, Croaky crowned
The full Australian Olympic Sailing squad for London 2012 has been named
The team was finalised today with the addition of Olympic gold medallists Elise Rechichi and Belinda Stowell (470), Brendan Casey (Finn), Krystal Weir (Laser Radial) and the Women's Match Racing team of Olivia Price, Nina Curtis and Lucinda Whitty.
The total sailing team now stands at 13 members, with selections already taken place for five-time Laser world champion Tom Slingsby, 49er world champions Nathan Outerridge and Iain Jensen, 470 world champions Mathew Belcher and Malcolm Page and two time former world champion Jessica Crisp in the RS:X racing at her fourth Olympic Games.
The Rescue Coordination Centre New Zealand (RCCNZ) has issued a release confirming they are currently coordinating the rescue of 18 people on board a yacht, Beau Geste around 100 nautical miles east of Norfolk Island.
The 24 metre yacht, Beau Geste, is participating in the Auckland to Noumea yacht race.
The skipper of the yacht contacted RCCNZ at 7pm and advised the yacht had suffered damage to its decking and hull and was continuing to deteriorate.
RCCNZ issued a request for assistance from nearby vessels and the cargo ship Winchester Strait has responded and is making its way to the stricken yacht – the captain of the ship estimates they are approximately six hours away.
RCCNZ search and rescue mission coordinator John Dickson said Beau Geste had an experienced crew of racers and that remaining on board the damaged yacht while help arrived was the best course of action at this point.
Today Richard Gladwell profiles Neville Croaky Crichton who has just been awarded a NZ honours, made a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to business and yachting. There in 1978, aged 29, he was diagnosed with throat cancer, eventually had his voice-box and oesophagus removed.
He was told that it would be unlikely he could ever speak again, but surgery resulted in him being fitted with an artificial voice box, which enable him to speak by manually pumping air into the device. His new husky voice earned him the name 'Croaky' which has remained with him all his life.
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