I have to say, I really dig Matt Rutherford's new ride (pictured above). It looks to be a Colvin Gazelle, a boat I've always admired, but with an unstayed cat ketch rig. Very interesting. But that's not what we need to discuss right now. You may have noticed, per a recent post by my SAILfeed compadre Andy Schell, that Matt, who has been voyaging about the middle of the Atlantic as part of his new Ocean Research Project, recently came across and actually tried to salvage that Swan 48, Wolfhound, that I have written so much about recently.
I urge you to carefully study the full account, either in Andy's post, or on Matt's site, of everything Matt did in trying to tow Wolfhound over 700 miles to Bermuda. It gives you a very good sense of the incredible determination and tenacity that enabled him to sail singlehanded non-stop around North and South America in a tiny little Albin Vega. You should note in particular that during the attempt Matt lost one of his own house batteries overboard (it almost dragged him down to the bottom along with it) and rendered his own engine inoperable.
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I don't have any info on when and where this happened, but I'm guessing somewhere in Europe. The boat is a Hallberg-Rassy, I can see that. Whoever is driving is... optimistic, to put it nicely. Afterwards I'm sure he was saying, "Oh, well. We needed a new mast anyway."
What really blows me away is that the boat following after the first one seems to be gunning just as hard to make it through the closing bridge. Only after he sees the disaster unfolding before him does it occur to him to turn away.
This is a swell bit of videography if you're into classic racing yachts. The famous Olin Stephens-designed yawl Dorade actually won the TransPac way back in 1936 and set a course record that stood for some time. Her current owner, Matt Brooks, is determined to run her as an ocean-racer again and is particularly interested in campaigning her in events that she has sailed in before. Right now she's in the midst of racing to Honolulu in this year's TransPac and is doing remarkably well, particularly given her age, 83, which makes her the oldest boat ever to compete in the event.
Here's a nice demolition-derby video: a cement-carrying freighter named Cyprus Cement (creative name that) lost control of itself and wiped out 10 to 15 recreational vessels (none of them sailboats, fortunately) in the Levanger marina in Trondheim, Norway, earlier this week. Word has it this was the result of a bow-thruster failure, though you'll note the freighter does have a tugboat strapped uselessly to its side.
CHECK IT OUT, PEOPLE. WaveTrain rider Michael Geagan dropped a comment on my original post about the abandoned Swan 48 Wolfhound, ex-Bella Luna, to the effect that he located the boat about 600 miles east of Bermuda and boarded it on June 29. He reports the rig is still standing, but the boat has taken on a fair amount of water and that damage is likely extensive. She's still out there, but Michael describes her as "a marginal salvage case."
GET OUT YOUR CALENDARS, sports fans, and mark down this date: Saturday, August 10, 2013. The third annual Round Island Regatta, held in the historic South End in Portsmouth, NH, promises (per usual) to be more fun than humans should be allowed to have without breaking the law. Anyone with a small trailerable sailboat or a small paddle or rowing craft is welcome to participate. Or you can come and just watch the madness and join in the pig roast feast afterwards.
Great video here! A midshipman at the naval academy in Annapolis gets sent out on a sailboat offshore for the first time and has a little trouble with the motion. The camera is perfectly stabilized, which creates an interesting effect. Great soundtrack, too. Tip of the hat to my old buddy Elizabeth Wrightson, a.k.a. E-Woman, who is now a flack at the academy, for bringing this masterpiece to my attention.
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