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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 in a catastrophic event soon after it went missing.
For sailors in - or going to - North Queensland, we have a small warning about mosquito bites, and for those in - or going to - Bass Strait, there's a warning about an abandoned ketch. Inveterate cruising sailors Jack and Jude Binder have published a free cruising guide to the Coral Sea - now there's a destination that is remote, exciting, but quite a challenge without a cruising guide, and Jack and Jude have filled the bill.
Area covered by the Coral Sea Cruising Guide .. .
On the world stage, we give two accounts of the exploits of cruising sailors who won world-wide awards, both awe-inspiring to most of us. Then there's a riveting tale about why rules need to be set about combining sailing with swimming;
Swimming and sailing - what are your rules? .. .
Lots of other practical news this week too – news about how small craft standards are changing world-wide; 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.
Boatwatch Pro in action .. .
Read this story and many more in yet another interest-packed edition for the cruising sailor.
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