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66 hours

Turkish and Indonesian authorities are reporting the remarkable rescue of a captain 66 hours after he went overboard from a large bulk carrier in the Java Sea. Other than sunburns and possibly some dehydration, the captain is in good health and preparations are underway to bring him home to Turkey. The crew aboard the bulk carrier Quorn (178,000 dwt) reportedly discovered that the captain, Erhan Seçkal (age 40) was missing on May 2 and immediately began a search of the ship. They could not locate him in his cabin or in the common areas. Crew members told the rescue services that they believed the captain might have gone overboard as they could not locate him anywhere on the 958-foot vessel. They threw lift jackets into the sea and began a search in an area approximately 30 miles north of Bali. Read on....

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As much as we love IOR, it is sometimes flat-out embarrassing how ridiculous some of the boats looked. Here is your Ridiculous Boat of the Week photo. Do you have a shot of boat that looks particularly ridiculous? Send in a good one, and we'll send you an SA polyester shirt if we publish it!...

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fake plastic trees

We are huge F1 fans here at SA, and stoked about the upcoming Miami GP this weekend. And in typical Miami fashion, where half of what you see is fake, their attempt to have "yachts" in as many camera shots as possible, they managed to concoct this fake marina. Just wow. Photo thanks to XPB images. Title inspiration thanks to Radiohead....

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70 x 9

A man in his 70s who fell from his boat off the central Queensland coast has been rescued after swimming in rough seas at night for nine hours. The Capricorn Helicopter Rescue Service said the man fell overboard about eight kilometers from the coast, before eventually making it to shore early Tuesday morning, where he found his catamaran. He was then stranded on the beach at Freshwater Bay, about 75km north of Yeppoon, and had to be rescued by helicopter due to rough sea conditions. Read on....

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Archaeologists in Tallinn, Estonia have discovered the wreck of a wooden vessel dating back to about 1300 AD, putting it within the timeframe of the famed Hanseatic League. The 80-foot wreck was found during excavation at a construction site near Tallinn's harbor, buried about five feet down near what was once the mouth of the Härjapea River. The site on Lootsi Street on Tallinn's waterfront is home to another, previously-discovered buried wreck, so archaeologists were on the lookout for further finds. After excavation, the site will soon be an office building. (Photos are available here.) Read on....

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epic proportions

A few years back, well quite a few now, I sailed across the Pacific with the New Orleans-based sailor Ryan Fynn. We were aboard that crazy trimaran that was featured in the even crazier movie Waterworld. Kevin Costner didn’t join us for the trip but in his place as skipper was the indomitable Lia Ditton, she of multiple ocean rowing crossings. It was a perfectly perfect trip until the final night before we arrived in San Diego. We had some breeze up the chuff and we had Ryan Finn on the helm. There was a madness in his eyes when the boat speed exceeded the sanity level. I didn’t know it then but Ryan is a speed junkie with a bent toward innovation. Fast forward a decade and Ryan has, in the words of the world-class yacht designer Merfyn Owen, “completed what I hope will be recognized as one of the greatest feats of seamanship ever completed by an American sailor.” Yup the same Ryan Finn. The ‘greatest feat of seamanship’ that Ryan had completed was to sail solo from New York to San Francisco; on a 36' Proa. Now that record has been around a while. The Clipper Ship Flying Cloud set the record in 1854 (89 days and 8 hours) and held it for over 130 years until the breakthrough-designed Thursday's Child completed the passage in 80 days and 20 hours. The current record is held by the French racing yacht Gitana 13 with a time of 43 days and 38 minutes. Gitana 13, by the way, is 110-feet long and was fully crewed. As I mentioned Fynn did the same trip single-handed on a 36-foot Proa, in 93 days. This is quite extraordinary. For a start a Proa is not the kind of boat one would think could...

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ClubSwan Racing did a good job delivering a super-successful 2021 racing season after all of the global challenges... 2022 is promising to be just as good Get ready for more of the same. Following a successful 2021 racing season with a series of memorable regattas in world-class venues, ClubSwan Racing has unveiled its 2022 calendar, offering another season of fierce and friendly competition. Racing has been in Swan’s DNA since the beginning and Nautor’s Swan regattas are eagerly awaited by owners and crews. The key to the success of these ClubSwan Racing events – for both rating and one-design fleets – is the dedication of a vastly qualified team led by highly experienced Federico Michetti, head of sports activities at ClubSwan Racing. Read on....

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holy jesus

While on a passage from Casais, Portugal back to their base in Gosport (UK) the amazing Infiniti 52, Tulikettu hit an Unidentified Floating Object (UFO). This happened on April 18th with the EPIRB activated just after midnight on the 20th which suggests that initially it was hoped to limp the boat to safety. Ten hours later the delivery crew of 4 was rescued by a tanker that had diverted to assist. For the last 7 days a salvage tug supported by a spotter plane has searched the area to no avail so it must be assumed that the virtually brand new boat has been lost at sea. A shame when any yacht is lost in this manner but this boat fitted with Hugh Welbourn’s revolutionary DSS foil had already shown so much promise in its short life. At the time of writing, there are no details on whether the UFO collided with head-on or whether it was the foil leading to damage to the casing and any comment on this would be unhelpful speculation and as such would not only be wise but only fair to wait until the team and those involved in the incident clarify their views of what happened. Here’s hoping Arto Linnervuo and his Xtra Staerk team, although, only naturally, hugely disappointed take this on the chin (he is Finnish so that is most likely) and return to the racing scene as soon as is humanly possible and we should look forward to another of these wonderful yachts on the water and wish him and the entire team the best going forward. SS Read on....

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