- Category: News & Views
- Created: Thursday, 03 December 2009 19:16
- Written by Charles Doane
Organizers of the Atlantic Rally for Cruisers, the Big Daddy of all cruising rallies, with 223 boats currently en rout e from the Canary Islands to St. Lucia, announced Tuesday that a participating boat, a 53-foot Bruce Roberts cutter named Pelican (pictured here prior to the rally start), was abandoned Monday about 325 miles west of the Cape Verdes. This is the second ARC boat abandoned so far this year, the first being a 53-foot one-off race boat, Auliana II, which was abandoned November 23, just 36 hours after the rally start in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria.
I always hate to second-guess decisions like these, because you never really know what the situation was unless you were right there onboard. But I also know that modern communications technology can make it easy to get off a boat before it might really be necessary. This is definitely one of those hard calls I pray I personally will never have to make.Write comment (0 Comments)