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Over a decade ago I, a newly minted 19-year-old, bought a plane ticket and flew from Portland, Oregon to Ft. Lauderdale, Florida to find a ride on the sea and to chase a burgeoning dream. I landed and scoured the docks with a “sailing resume” in hand and a glint of youthful exuberance in my eyes. Fortunately, a very nice German couple saw something in that twinkle and invited me to sail non-stop with them on their well-found Baltic sloop to Block Island, RI, then on to Newport. I didn’t even know where Block Island was, but I wanted to go. The passage north was surreal—the stars, waves and desolation of traveling under sail over the ocean seriously hooked me, as I fully expected it would. And what I learned most in those moments was that, in order to do this safely on my own, I needed more experience, and lots of it.
Watching as the couple ran the boat with an equal amount of skill, I quickly got the sense that they were seasoned offshore sailors and I was confident that if something happened to one of them, the other was more than capable of stepping in to run the boat. I was grateful to be in their company. Along the way they showed me how to tie knots that I didn’t already know, carefully explained to me each process of their navigational work and constantly asked me what the skiing was like in the western United States, as they desperately wanted to go. This valuable offshore experience had the potential to make or break my dreams of cruising. But it was necessary, because it is hard to understand what it is truly like out there—good and bad—until you’ve experienced it.
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“The fulfilling of a dream is finally starting up again,” said Arthur Ray Brown, who was giving up the boat he could no longer manage. “I hope I live long enough to sail on it.” Brown, 63 and staring hard at mortality, ceded the vessel to an ex-patriate Dubliner who took the sailboat in return for a promise: to complete the blue-and-white hulled vessel and someday launch it. Read More]]>
The Walker served as a survey ship, charting the Gulf Coast ‒ including Mobile Bay and the Florida Keys ‒ in the decade before the Civil War. It also conducted early work plotting the movement of the Gulf Stream along the Atlantic Coast.
Twenty-one men died when Walker sank in rough seas in the early morning hours of June 21, 1860, 10 miles off Absecon Inlet on the New Jersey coast. The crew had finished its latest surveys in the Gulf of Mexico and was sailing to New York when the Walker was hit by a commercial schooner off New Jersey. The side-wheel steamer, carrying 66 crewmembers, sank within 30 minutes. The sinking was the largest single loss of life in the history of NOAA or its predecessor agencies.
“Robert J. Walker is a rare and unique reminder of the pioneering work of the U.S. Coast Survey,” said James Delgado, director of maritime heritage for NOAA’s Office of National Marine Sanctuaries. “The crew of Walker, working from this vessel helped survey and open ports vital to commerce and the national economy before the Civil War. The National Register listing highlights that role as well as the fact that Walker is now the grave of many of its crew, which is why we sought this designation.”
Built in 1847, the Walker was one of the U.S. government’s first iron-hulled steamers, and was intended for the U.S. Revenue Service, the predecessor of the United States Coast Guard. Instead, the Walker and some of its sister steamers were sent to the U.S. Coast Survey, established by President Thomas Jefferson in 1807 to survey the coast and produce the nation’s nautical charts.
Last year, NOAA and its partners confirmed the Walker’s location and identity as part of a private-public collaboration that included research provided by New Jersey wreck divers and government and university maritime archaeologists. NOAA does not plan to make the wreck a sanctuary or limit diving, but to work with New Jersey’s wreck diving community to better understand the wreck and the stories it can tell.
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California Air National Guard members parachuted down to the 36-foot sailboat on Thursday — the same day the distress call was made. The Navy rescue ship arrived on Sunday. Read More]]>
The Rescue Coordination Centre New Zealand (RCCNZ) received a signal from a US-coded EPIRB distress beacon just after 10.30am yesterday.
An RNZAF P3 Orion was sent to the scene. The 238m Fidelio, en route to Auckland, was also directed 370km to rendezvous.
The Orion arrived on scene at about 4.30pm to find the 11m sloop (single-masted yacht) L’Antillaise, with one man from British Columbia on board, in danger of sinking following damage sustained during a storm the previous week.
The Orion contacted the skipper by VHF and relayed vital information from the stricken yacht to the rescue ship and RCCNZ before diverting to Rarotonga to refuel. The Fidelio reached the scene shortly shortly before 11pm and manoeuvred in 25 knot (45km) winds and swells of 2–3m to allow the sailor to climb aboard via the pilot ladder.
RCCNZ Search and Rescue Mission Coordinator Dave Wilson said the skipper was heading home to Canada when the yacht was hit by a storm five days ago, causing the yacht to roll over and sustain damage resulting in a serious leak.
“The skipper had been hand-bailing since the storm, but when the bilge pump failed he could no longer keep up with the water. At that stage he activated the EPIRB,” Mr Wilson said.
“There was no question the skipper was in serious danger. The crew of the Orion did a great job finding the yacht, and it was an amazing effort from the master and crew of the Fidelio to rescue the skipper at night, in high winds and rough seas.The sailor received superficial facial injuries when his vessel rolled and these have been treated aboard the Fidelio.”
The Fidelio is continuing on to Auckland and is likely to arrive in Auckland on Thursday.
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The Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation was set up in memory of Olympic sailor Andrew Simpson to inspire the next generation through sailing. “Andrew was very passionate about encouraging people to make the best of the opportunities that they were given. Through the Foundation’s activities we intend to provide opportunities to thousands of young people, and those who grasp it with both hands and show dedication, will be given significant support to reach their potential in the sport of sailing and the wider maritime industry through apprenticeships” commented Iain Percy Trustee of the Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation.
Based in Andrew’s home county and at the London 2012 Olympic sailing venue, the world class Centre will open its doors in May 2014 and act as a hub for all ASSF’s activities; helping the Foundation to fulfil its charitable objectives.
Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation Trustee Sir Ben Ainslie said “reflecting the Foundation’s objective to inspire the next generation through sailing, the Centre will be a place where we can inspire Andrew’s drive and determination through delivering everything from taster courses to longer term development and mentoring. It will offer schemes to provide opportunities for deserving young people, something that Andrew himself was always so passionate about.”
The RYA accredited Centre will deliver a range of sailing courses for young people, community organisations and adults; including programmes for schools, as well as club sailors. It will also work closely with the Chesil Trust and the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy to deliver the ‘Rod Shipley Sail for a Fiver’ scheme. Now in its 10th year, the scheme has enabled more than 12,000 Dorset children between the ages of 10 and 11 to experience sailing on the Olympic waters and is currently introducing 1,500 children a year to the sport.
Peter Allam Chief Executive of The Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy commented “we are exceptionally pleased to be working with ASSF. By inspiring people of all ages to take up sailing, and providing a mechanism through the sailing school to do so, the Foundation will make a significant contribution to the ongoing development of the Olympic & Paralympic sailing legacy here at the WPNSA .”
Amanda Simpson, Andrew’s sister and a Trustee of the Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation commented “This is a fantastic opportunity for ASSF to engage with grass roots sailing in a place where Andrew spent much of his youth and adult sailing life. We look forward to working with local and national communities to make this venture a huge success.”
To book a course or to find out more about the Centre’s activities please contact:
Andrew Simpson Sailing Centre
Osprey Quay, Portland DT5 1SA, United Kingdom
+44 (0)753 201 6281
You can also visit www.andrewsimpsonsailing.org/weymouth to register your interest.
Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation
Supporting the next generation was something Olympic champion Andrew ‘Bart’ Simpson was extremely passionate about. The Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation has been founded by Sir Ben Ainslie, Iain Percy OBE and Andrew’s wife Leah to honour Andrew’s life and legacy by encouraging youngsters into sailing and to enjoy the water as much as he did. For more information please visit:andrewsimpsonsailing.org
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Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy
The Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy (WPNSA) is a world class sailing venue and effectively promotes the sport of sailing to all levels of competence and ability, through courses, training and events, whilst supporting and working closely with the local community. The WPNSA was the venue for the sailing competition at the London 2012 Olympic Games and Paralympic Games and Weymouth and Portland has been recognised as having some of the best boating waters on the planet. The Academy currently runs a number of high profile regattas throughout the year and boasts fantastic conference and event facilities. The WPNSA is committed to conserving the local environment winning the 2008 Sport Industry Award for Environmental Concern in Sport as well as being shortlisted for the 2010 Sport Industry Award for ‘Sport Venue of the Year’ and 2011 Sport Industry Award for Sport Participation Event of the Year. www.wpnsa.org.uk
A Dutch ship en-route from Savannah, Georgia to Agadir, Morocco found Mr. Hagen’s yacht on Monday, April 7 approximately 2,000 kilometers from the Moroccan coast.
The crew of the ship tried to get in contact with the yacht, but there was no response. When the ship’s crew went on board the yacht, no one was present. However, the documents of Mr. Hagen where found.
Mr. Hagen’s yacht Pokerface is a 27ft Gib’Sea Flush Poker with no dinghy or liferaft. The only form of communication on board was a handheld VHF.
Acoording to the captain of the Dutch ship, the yacht was heavily damaged, almost as if it had been beached. They failed to take the yacht Pokerface in tow. After taking all the documents and valuables aboard, the captain decided to sink the yacht for safety.
Mr. Hagen is internationally identified as missing .
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