Recovery of abandoned boat brings painful memories

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A man who lost his wife and their sailboat in a freak accident off Bermuda eight months ago spoke of his mixed feelings following the vessel’s recovery last week.

Rob Anderson’s wife, Jan, was swept overboard after their boat was hit by a wave as they sailed to the island while racing in the North American Rally to the Caribbean.

“She was towed into Bermuda eight months to the day after it happened,” Anderson said of his boat, Triple Stars. The vessel was knocked sideways by a wave last Nov. 11, 2011.

“We were hit by what they term a rogue wave,” Anderson told The Royal Gazette. “It came out from a different direction and it took the whole boat and slammed us sideways so the mast hit the water.”

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