03 February 2015

Catamaran Offshore Nightmare, 5 People Rescued, Sailboat Mast Broke 200 miles off North Carolina coast (video)

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5 boaters rescued from sailboat after its mast broke 200 miles off North Carolina coast | Fox News:
....55-foot catamaran Rain Maker suffered a broken mast in 40 mph winds and 13-foot seas. It occurred about 200 miles southeast of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina.... (published Jan 31, 2015)

Note the profile in Forbes, September 29, 2014 issue of Forbes Life:
On A Gunboat Catamaran, You Can Have Your Martini And 30 Knots, Too - ForbesLife: "...Builder Peter Johnstone, who left his family’s J/Boats yacht empire to start Gunboat, says the safety fears about multihull yachts are overblown. Johnstone says he’s navigated through 70-knot gales in the North Atlantic by hauling down the sails, closing in the mammoth salon and pulling up the centerboards that help the boat track straight through the waves. When a rogue wave hits from the side, he says, the Gunboat just skids sideways with it, instead of absorbing tons of water on the deck like a monohull... As for Cohen, he plans to proselytize about the merits of carbon fiber and twin hulls all summer in New York, then take Rainmaker down to the Caribbean for the winter... "

It All Started in the Fog | Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 - After a tricky, foggy start in Abu Dhabi, Team Brunel and MAPFRE battled with each other on the way to Sanya - and with pieces of plastic, fishing nets and massive ships. They tell us all about it. Published on Feb 2, 2015

Sailing Through STEM Night -
US Sailing's Reach program presents "Sailing Through STEM Night" hosted by the California Yacht Club - Marina del Rey, CA - July 25, 2014 (Published on Feb 2, 2015)

Paralympic sailing to be dropped for Tokyo 2020 Games
Yachting World (blog)
In a surprise move announced over the weekend, Paralympic sailing has been dropped from the 2020 Games hosted in Tokyo. Seven a side was the ...

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