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  • Global Solo Challenge Sailor, William MacBrien Rescued From His Sinking Vessel




    William MacBrien rescued after 46 hours adrift semi-submerged in south Pacific
    By Marco Nannini.


    Photos Courtesy Cargo Vessel Watatsumi

    On February 14th at 02:50 UTC disaster struck on board Phoenix. Canadian skipper William MacBrien had activated his Emergency Position Locator Beacon (EPIRB). He was in distress.


    William was over 1300 nautical miles west of Cape Horn, over 3000 miles from New Zealand, 1600 miles south...
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  • Retrospect: The Days Leading Up To The Abandonment Of Shipyard Brewing




    Live to fight another day - The tough reality of ocean sailing

    By Marco Nannini.


    The skippers of the Global Solo Challenge have to endure months of navigation in the roaring forties and screaming fifties to reach Cape Horn. After braving storms, technical difficulties, fatigue and cold temperatures, the legendary cape feels like the big prize for all the efforts each skipper has put into their project. It is a reward and a climax not just in their...
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  • Retrospect: The Saga Of Shipyard Brewing's Last Days




    Live to fight another day - The tough reality of ocean sailing

    By Marco Nannini.


    The skippers of the Global...
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  • Ian Herbert Jones Successfully Rescued

    Ian Herbert Jones Successfully Rescued

    UPDATE ENG./FRENCH: IAN HERBERT JONES!! IS ON THE FISHING VESSEL ZI DA WANG.

    He was recovered at 1845 UTC today. He is battered and bruised with scrapes and scratches, some back pain, but he is very happy to be with the crew. The master of the rescue ship moved straight into a recovery operation in the 25k wind and 4 mtr sea as soon as they were on scene.


    Ian Herbert Jones last photo transmission


    Puffin in happier times


    The
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  • In Their Own Words: The Captain Of The SV Raindancer and The Whale Collision

    The people on sunken boat SV Raindancer in the Pacific are safely aboard SV Rolling Stone after 10 hrs in a lifeboat.
    Great job by them and all
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  • Disaster Narrowly Averted By Good Communication And Proper Planning

    Disaster Narrowly Averted By Good Communication And Proper Planning



    So this happened:

    On December 1st I departed on a delivery from Woods Hole, MA to Puerto Rico, with the owner Laura Shulman and crew Tomasz Dvorak. We left in a NW wind, 25-35 knots with only a staysail up and sailed conservatively with wind aft of beam, towards the Gulf stream. As we approached the wind became lighter and we hosted the mainsail, until ultimately, we were motor sailing safely across the GS.


    We exited the GS in light upwind conditions
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  • Quick Communication And Preparation Save The Day



    So this happened:

    On December 1st I departed on a delivery from Woods Hole, MA to Puerto Rico, with the owner Laura Shulman
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  • Sir Schwenky Dank Rescued In Dramatic Fashion

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    Sir Schwenky Dank Rescued In Dramatic Fashion

    Pacific Cup Skipper Safely Evacuated on Return Voyage
    August 8, 2022



    Pacific Cup race organizers are happy to report that Andy Schwenk (57, Point Richmond, CA) has been brought safely to land by a combination of Coast Guard, Air Force, commercial shipping, and assistance from a fellow yacht. A rapidly-spreading infection required the action.

    Andy’s Spindrift V, an Express 37, had completed the 2022 Pacific Cup, finishing first in her class on July 18.
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  • French Sailor Survives Overnight In A Capsized Class 40

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    French Sailor Survives Overnight In A Capsized Class 40

    Against all odds, a French sailor in his 60s survived inside of a capsized sailing yacht off the coast of Galicia, Spain overnight Monday, breathing from an air pocket until Spanish rescue divers reached him the following afternoon.




    At about 2000 hours on Monday, the Class40 sailing yacht Jeanne Solo Sailor capsized at a position about 14 miles northwest of the Sisargas Islands, west of A Coruna. The sole occupant, 62-year-old French national Laurent Camprubi, told
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  • Saving Calypso's Crew From Davey Jones's Locker

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    Saving Calypso's Crew From Davey Jones's Locker





    An incredible rescue involving U.S. Coast guard crews out of Cape Cod, after some sailors were hit by a “rogue wave” that crippled their boat.

    It happened Sunday evening about 100 nautical miles south of Long Island Sound.

    Crews from the U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod were launched to help the sailboat after it was hit by that rogue wave.

    When crews arrived on the scene, they realized how bad it was. The sailboat had been
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  • Missing Sailor Located And Rescued After 6 Days




    HONOLULU — Coast Guard and partner agencies have rescued Philip Grenz, the operator of the disabled sailing vessel Epic, approximately...
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  • Woman Rescued After Ingesting Anti Freeze 380 Miles Off Shore




    ALAMEDA, Calif. — Coast Guard and San Francisco Fire Department personnel medevaced a woman from a sailboat approximately 380...
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  • Backlash On Cost Of Transpac Kayaker Rescue By Taxpayers





    Cost of Marin kayaker's ocean rescue? $42,000. Who pays the bill?
    Photo of Gregory Thomas SFGate

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  • 6 Rescued From Sinking Yacht Off Crescent City



    MCKINLEYVILLE, Calif. —Coast Guard crews from McKinleyville and North Bend, Oregon, rescued six people from their 79-foot sailboat Saturday,...
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  • Coasties Rescue 81 Year Old Sailor Off New York Coast



    BOSTON — The crew of a good Samaritan vessel rescued an 81-year-old sailor aboard their disabled 36-foot sailing vessel approximately...
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