Northwest Passage tale, Whitsunday fun, 11 hours treading water, more
There's also a great survival story. A 51-year-old American got himself into trouble when a rogue wave washed him overboard and he spent an amazing 11 hours treading water, watching the searching helicopters not able to find him. Next time, he says, he'll be wearing a life-jacket. We're glad about his miraculous – and gutsy – survival, but I could also suggest he wears a tether next time and saves the nation some costly searching.
Lots of other varying tales of happenings on the water. A South African sailor has disappeared in mysterious circumstances in the Indian Ocean and police are holding an Austrian sailor for questioning (earlier incorrectly reported as an Australian). Up in Scotland there were some embarrassed grins this week as a rescue boat was washed onto rocks and the rescue boat sent to rescue them ended up on neighbouring rocks. Read the tale of a lucky group of Australian sailors on a Mariner Boating Rally on the French Riviera.
Rescue boats high and dry .. .
On a more practical note, as well as a very useful discussion on jacklines or jackstays, there are two products featured – one, a radar reflector for your grab bag and the other an automatically closing drain plug that will stop your dinghy sinking to the bottom when you forget to replace the bung.
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