Lessons learned from a rescue at sea during the Bermuda One-Two
Nearly all 23 solo sailors who set out from Newport, Rhode Island, in June racing the Bermuda One-Two had offshore sailing experience, but several had never attempted a solo bluewater passage. The annual race sails singlehandedly from Newport to Bermuda, and doublehandedly on the return leg. And before the first leg was finished in Bermuda, six boats turned back and one was presumed sunk after its skipper was rescued from the sinking hull, the keel rattling and threatening to detach. Yet another sailor extinguished an onboard fire while his competitors grappled with torn sails, broken booms, twisted drive shafts and other difficulties exacerbated by rough sea conditions.