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06 Feb 2014
16 months drifting, cruising awards, sailing and swimming as bedmates
the description of the Spaniard who drifted for 16 months across the Pacific looks a little like Tom Hanks in his recent movie 'Castaway' .
One of the most extraordinary survival tales of all time occurred this week when a man floated into a remote atoll in the Marshall Islands, speaking only Spanish and telling how he had been drifting for 16 months from Mexican waters. No ship saw him, he bypassed many reefs and the whole Hawaii archipelago of islands, living from what he caught in the ocean.
This very possibility of this occurring is what underpinned the desperate plea of the families of the crew of the schooner Nina, which disappeared a mere seven months ago in the Tasman Sea and which both Australian and New Zealand authorities are assuming sank soon after it went missing in a catastrophic event.
We give two accounts of the exploits of cruising sailors who won world-wide awards, both awe-inspiring to most of us.
How do you present your boat to sell well and quickly? .. .
Lots of practical news this week too – some great advice on how to get the best result when you go to sell your boat, and news about how small craft standards are changing world-wide. There's a riveting tale about why rules need to be set about combining sailing with swimming, another article about ten vital boat safety checks that every skipper needs to make and the product of the week is a very clever app that will allow you to get your AIS information direct to your iPhone.
Swimming and sailing - what are your rules? .. .
We're still hearing about boats impounded in Mexico. After some welcome news that the sudden swoops were at an end and all boats were about to be released, apparently it simply hasn't happened.
Read this story and many more in yet another interest-packed edition for the cruising sailor.
and...if you're lucky enough to be on the water...
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