- Category: News & Views
- Created: Friday, 04 December 2009 16:51
- Written by Charles Doane
In yesterday's post on the boats abandoned in this year's ARC I mentioned how improved comms technology has made it easy for modern ocean sailors to bail out when the going gets tough. In most cases, as with the ARC boats, the question is whether the crew instead might reasonably repair or jury-rig the vessel in question. But better communications at sea can have all kinds of weird implications.
Take, for example, Bernt Luchtenborg, an extremely competent German solo voyager who was five months into a projected non-stop double circumnavigation aboard his 52-foot cutter Horizons when he smacked into something, probably a whale, and broke off his rudder on November 24 about 430 miles west of New Zealand. Luchtenborg is the real deal. He didn't believe he was in any danger and went straight to work building a new rudder out of a cabin door. But he also let folks on shore what was going on and in the end was brow-beaten into abandoning ship by his wife and insurance company.Write comment (0 Comments)