Kennedy found solace after tragedy, exhilaration in better times on the waters of Nantucket Sound
Edward M. Kennedy’s funeral service resonated with stories of his passion for sailing. In the memories of those who knew him as a friend and sailor, the Massachusetts senator was never more in his element than at the helm of his yacht Mya, reveling in a blustery wind and a hard chop on Nantucket Sound.
With the Coast Guard ending its search, it was a stroke of luck the three anglers were found
They weren’t supposed to make it. After six days, the Coast Guard had suspended its search for three Texas fishermen whose 23-foot power catamaran flooded and capsized off Texas. The Coast Guard had scoured 86,000 square miles of the Gulf of Mexico — an area the size of Minnesota — only to come up empty-handed.
Two brothers recently completed an 8,312-mile voyage that took them across the Atlantic in a 21-foot open boat, hoping the feat will help them raise money for charities that benefit wounded soldiers.
Florida residents Ralph and Robert Brown, 50 and 52, respectively, got under way June 27 from Tampa in the center console catamaran flats boat. Ralph Brown, owner of Dream Boats in Hudson, Fla., designed the cat (www.dreamboats.net). It took the brothers 76 days to complete the passage, which was done in legs and took them up the East Coast to Canada and then across the Atlantic, arriving in Germany Sept. 10.
Mike Perham is now the youngest circumnavigator, the title Zac Sunderland held for less than two months
One month and 11 days after California teenager Zac Sunderland completed his voyage and made headlines as the world’s youngest solo circumnavigator, the slightly younger British teen Mike Perham claimed that title. At 10 a.m. Aug. 27, Perham crossed the finish line between Lizard Point and Ushant, France, completing a 30,000-mile youthful odyssey that began Nov. 18, 2008.
Teenagers Zac Sunderland and Mike Perham both earned the title of “youngest solo circumnavigator” this year, but two other young sailors with the same ambitions are having problems getting to the starting line.
On Sept. 9, 16-year-old Australian Jessica Watson was training aboard her Sparkman & Stephens 34, Pink Lady, when it collided at 2 a.m. with a 63,000-ton bulk carrier about 17 miles offshore.
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