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Injured sailracer gets offshore house call

When 55-year-old crewmember Ron Parker crushed his finger during the recent Atlantic Rally for Cruisers, a yachtsman and physician came to his aid by swimming to the fellow participant’s boat and performing emergency medical care.

Parker, from Balcombe, England, was sailing in the rally aboard the Oyster 53 Tallulah Nov. 30 when a heavy insulated freezer top fell back, breaking his finger and causing a serious wound, according to rally organizers.

Parker was treated on board by Tallulah’s crew, and remote medical advice was obtained from the International Marine Emergency Centre in Rome. However, with the yacht still at least six days from St. Lucia, there was a significant risk that Parker might lose his finger, according to organizers.

The next day, the yacht Marival of Italy met Tallulah to transfer supplies of sterile dressings and extra painkillers. Later that afternoon, they were joined by a Hallberg Rassy 53, Jasika IV, of Germany, which had a surgeon and nurse on board.

Dr. Gerhard Trömer and his assistant Edger Willie swam to Tallulah, carrying a mobile sterile operating unit. They were then able to set the broken bone and stitch the wound to Parker’s finger. All the yachts resumed course for St. Lucia.

Sailing star

sells her megacat

Tracy Edwards has sold the multihull Maiden II to repay her outstanding debts. Edwards, CEO of Quest International Sports Events, says she can now focus on the Oryx Quest 2005 race around the world. QISE says sponsorship money for the upcoming race is not part of Edwards’ debt repayment plan.

The Oryx Quest 2005, which begins Feb. 5, is the first non-stop around-the-globe sailing race involving the world’s largest and fastest multihulls. Starting and finishing in Doha, Qatar, the Oryx Quest is one of the first major international sporting events in the Middle East. Entries include Edwards, Tony Bullimore, Olivier de Kersauson and Cam Lewis.

‘Exy’ Johnson

dies at 95

Electa “Exy” Johnson, who sailed on several round-the-world voyages with her husband, Irving, and young crewmembers on the tall ship Yankee, died Nov. 17 at the age of 95.

A native of Rochester, N.Y., Exy Johnson attended Smith College and the University of California at Berkeley. She met her husband while returning from a summer in France aboard the schooner Wanderbird; he was a crewmember. They married in 1933 and began their adventures at sea, taking young people to serve as crew, an early version of a sailing adventure program intended to build character.

From 1932 to 1958 the couple sailed around the world seven times in a 92-foot wooden schooner and later on a 96-foot steel brigantine, both called Yankee. The brigantine’s voyages were chronicled in National Geographic specials.

The couple retired in 1985 in Massachusetts. Irving Johnson died in 1991.

German legend,

Illbruck, dead at 77

Offshore sailing legend Willi Illbruck died Nov. 21 at age 77 in his hometown of Pattscheid, Germany.

Together with Hans-Otto Schümann, Illbruck formed German Offshore Sailing in the 1980s and ’90s.

Illbruck’s Pinta teams have won the Admiral’s Cup twice (1983, 1993). Two One Ton Cup victories and a Sardinia Cup win in 1984 are a few of his sailing career highlights.

Peterrson new head

of Sailing Federation

Göran Peterrson from Sweden was elected president of the International Sailing Federation after a run-off election with Sadi Clays from Belgium. The ISAF voting process requires that a candidate must have received 50 percent of the ballots in order to be declared elected.

Additionally, seven ISAF vice-presidents were elected: George Andreadis from Greece, Fiona Barron from Great Britain, David Irish from the United States, David Kellett from Australia, Teresa Lara from Venezuela, Teo Ping Low from Singapore, and Nucci Novi Ceppellini from Italy.

Retiring ISAF president Paul Henderson was honored at an evening reception Nov. 12 in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Attended by 300 representatives from the world of sailing and the world of sport, Henderson was recognized for his outstanding contributions to sailing. Those who paid tribute included US Sailing president Janet Baxter and veteran yachtsman Paul Cayard.

New Volvos

for top sailors

Two British sailors have received cars in recognition of their outstanding performances and personal achievements last summer.

Olympic Gold medallists and Team Volvo for Life sailors Shirley Robertson and Ben Ainslie each received Volvo automobiles.

Robertson was given the XC90, an SUV. Ainslie received the 300-bhp S60 R sedan.

Beneteau sponsors

Celtic Rally in Ireland

Beneteau is hosting the first ever Celtic Rally in Bangor County Down, Ireland, this year.

The two-day event, to be held July 6 to 8, will feature sailing and other activities at Bangor Marina. All Beneteau owners, sail or power, are invited to the first event of its kind in Ireland.

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