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AMVER Aids in Rescue of Sailboat Off Massachusetts

Coast Guard crews coordinated a rescue earlier this week for a sailboat about 1,250 miles southeast of Nantucket, Mass. Watchstanders from the 1st District Command Center received a distress signal from a personal locator beacon at about 8:30 a.m. Monday … Continue reading

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Good Samaritans Help Rescue Fisherman

When Bruce McIntyre took his dog Steamer for a walk in Jamestown, RI on Saturday, he had no idea what he was about to find. “I was walking around Beavertail with the dog, just sort of snapping pictures of the … Continue reading

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Dismasted Solo Sailor Turns Down Assistance in the Atlantic

A dismasted solo sailor turned down assistance from a freighter in the Atlantic because the cargo ship was going the wrong way! Instead, intrepid yachtsman Matt Gill is struggling to bring Orinoco Flo, a 40ft catamaran to Falmouth from the … Continue reading

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New Zealand Duo Rescued Near Fiji After Boat Sinks

Two New Zealand sailors, a man and a woman, have been rescued by the staff of a Fijian resort after the yacht they were sailing sank in waters between two Fijian Islands. The 46-foot yacht Touche hit a reef about … Continue reading

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Cruiser Rescued After 11 Weeks Drifting in Indian Ocean

We’re so happy to hear that this story has a happy ending, but we can’t help but think that an EPIRB would have saved this guy several weeks drifting at sea. The 66-year-old Swede Stig Lundvall was rescued last Tuesday … Continue reading

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2 Dead After Cruise Line Doesn’t Rescue Adrift Boaters

Whether accidental or on purpose, this story is just tragic, and we certainly hope that it never happens again. The British captain of a cruise ship that failed to rescue three stricken Panamanian fishermen is said to be devastated by … Continue reading

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Boaters Rescued After Drifting for Three Weeks in Pacific

Three fishermen from a remote island in the Pacific may owe their lives to the bridge crew of a cruise ship operated by luxury line Seabourn. The fishermen had been drifting across the ocean on their small boat for nearly … Continue reading

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Three Cruisers, Including 9-Year-Old, Saved in Dramatic Rescue

West James beamed as he showed off a new entry in his journal. “I survived a dangerous rescue.” James, his father, and uncle were attempting their first voyage across the Pacific in a sailboat when rough seas damaged their boat … Continue reading

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Two Crew and Dog Rescued After Abandoning Ship

While it’s not always an easy decision to abandon ship, it’s important to remember that objects are replaceable, but lives–even those of our furry friends–are not. These Australian cruisers made a tough call, but one that resulted in a happy … Continue reading

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Proof that Beer Can Save Lives at Sea

Would you have thought to do this in the same situation? These guys were both smart and lucky. When friends Scott Smiles and Rick Matthews set out on a fishing trip with their 11-year-old sons off the coast of Sydney, … Continue reading

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Michigan Man Attempts to Round Cape Horn for 7th Time Without Success

We have to admire this guy’s determination, but we’re not sure he should make another attempt. An 84-year-old American sailor found alive in the remote South Pacific told his rescuers his mast was so badly cracked that he couldn’t raise … Continue reading

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NARC Rally Participants Abandon Ship in Rough Seas

The North American Rally To The Caribbean [NARC]  was disrupted by the weekend’s savage storms, with the cargo ship Oleander picking up four survivors from one abandoned yacht on Sunday. Another participating vessel was helped into the island by the pilot … Continue reading

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Cruisers Collide with Container, Lose Boat

Yikes! These incidents are a good reminder that cruisers need to constantly be on the lookout. Don’t believe that containers are no longer a threat to cruising sailors. Only two weeks ago, solo French racing sailor Mathieu Claveau’s small yacht … Continue reading

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Oops! Accomplished Sailor Goes Overboard on Bathroom Break

Thank goodness for watertight cell phones! Luckily, this definitely won’t be what she’s most remembered for in her career. Florence Arthaud’s career almost ended in a tragically ignominious manner after she fell into the sea  Saturday night while answering a … Continue reading

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French Sailors Rescued 1,400 Miles Offshore Thanks to Ample Communication Devices

The U.S. Coast Guard, Canadian Joint Rescue Coordination Center Halifax, a Canadian Forces CC-130 Hercules and two merchant vessels worked together to rescue four French sailors more than 1,400 miles east-northeast of Provincetown, MA last Thursday. The 600-foot tanker Unique … Continue reading

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A Man and His Boat: Joyan Refuses Rescue to Stay with His Boat, Will Try Again

Greater love hath no sailor but he that refuses to leave his boat even though it’s capsized in the Atlantic Ocean. Famed professional sailor Francis Joyon, standing on the keel of his upturned boat IDEC, in which he was trying … Continue reading

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Joyan’s Record Attempt Cut Short–Very Short

We’re quite certain that this won’t get him down, and that it won’t be long before he leaves for another record attempt. Francis Joyon only got to sail seven hours into his Transatlantic record attempt before he capsized his 30 … Continue reading

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Rambler 100 Righted and Drawing Attention Ashore

We’re happy to see that this record-setting boat was able to be salvaged and will sail again after some repair. The maxi yacht, which lost its keel and capsized off Fastnet Rock with 21 people on board earlier this week … Continue reading

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Rambler 100 Capsizes in Fastnet

In a shocking turn of events, Rambler 100 capsized during the Fastnet Race on Monday afternoon after it lost its keel bulb 12.5 miles offshore from Baltimore, County Cork. While reports have still been trickling in as to the details, … Continue reading

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Canadian Sailor Gets Really Lucky Off Australia’s Coast

For an allegedly experienced sailor, his lack of preparedness is quite shocking. This guy really lucked out. A lone Canadian yachtsman says he’s lucky a long out-of-date battery still powered his emergency beacon when he struck trouble in wild weather … Continue reading

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