SIGHTINGS on the move Argentina. Still mastless, she reportedly powered the whole way to San Diego. What’s up with the boat? Most don’t know and the rest won’t tell. Fossett did not return our call. Back on the other coast, Cam Lewis dropped us an email to say he had finally won the legal battle with the European insurance company which for five years has refused his claim on the 110-ft cat Team Adventure, which hit a submerged object in mid-Atlantic in 2001 and ripped off 35 feet of her bow. They finally paid up — but only enough to cover litigation costs and most past debts; not enough to even begin repairs.
shorts — cont’d MID-ATLANTIC — In addition to all the rescued sailors last month, two high-seas rescues of rowers took place in the Atlantic, too. Both involved participants in the Woodvale Atlantic Rowing Race, an everyfour-year event for single-, double- and four-place rowing craft. The Woodvale starts in the Canaries in late November and ends in Antigua — a distance of 2,900 miles — between 40 and 60 days later, depending on how fast you can row. The first rescue on January 8 involved the Irish duo of Gearoid Towey and Ciaran Lewis. They set off an EPIRB and were picked up next to their capsized Digicel Atlantic Challenge about five hours later. The second EPIRB, activated a week later, belonged to the American team of Sarah Kessans and Emily Kohl aboard American Fire. They were rescued after clinging 16 hours to their overturned boat by the 195-ft British tallship Stavros S. Niarchos. And by the way, if you think sailors are nuts, there were 26 starters in the Woodvale this year: 20 doublehanders, 2 singlehanders and 4 four-person teams.
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