Just around midnight on Friday 22 May, the UK coastguard at Holyhead received a 999 mobile phone call from a yacht with two people on board, stating they had electrical failure and required assistance. Read more
Designed to help sailors and boaters take their weather education to the next level, MWU features sixteen individual classes, plus basic-level and advanced programs.
The OCC and other organisations are actively lobbying South Pacific governments to allow cruisers to leave the cyclone zone and seek refuge in a safe port.
On 8 May, MSQ issued advice retracting permission related to overnight charters, after employees had been brought back to work and thousands of dollars worth of bookings had been taken.
The South African man and German woman had sailed the ‘Berzanne’ from Croatia to the Azores under a French flag. On the return trip they stopped at Motril and Cartagena but got into difficulties near the Balearic Islands.
The sailboat crossed in front of the bow of a 550-foot tank ship. The top of the mast was the only visible portion of the sailboat when the tank ship was required to take action to avoid collision.
It is in the worst of times that the fellowship of cruisers shines the brightest.
What happens if you don’t have a home, in the conventional sense? And what if there’s no way to get to your own country without the risk of significant environmental damage and/or putting yourself in terrible personal danger?
In contrast to some of the land-based behaviour, boat owners generally seemed to be obeying social distancing rules.
The 59-year-old man set sail from Singapore three months ago on a three-year boat expedition but was stranded at sea, with supplies running low, when every country in the world closed their borders.
Helicopters and rescue boats have been launched on multiple unresolved distress calls in the last several weeks, costing more than $US1.4 million of taxpayer money.
The vessel was left adrift with navigation lights on and the Automatic Identification System activated so the vessel will be able to be tracked for any future recovery operations.
For those looking to isolate in the Atlantic, you need to take note.
A sailing vessel crew stated via VHF-Channel 16 that a crew member had gone overboard and was not wearing a life jacket.
In an open letter to Canada's maritime community, Canadian Coast Guard assistant commissioner Roger Girouard appealed to mariners' longstanding tradition of assisting others and saving lives at sea.
“Cruisers around the world are really struggling to either get out of a hurricane zone, get to someplace they can be protected, or get home."