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Re: Sailing alone??
Something like this:
One death on a solo sailboat race in Holland:
A participant of the 200-mile solo race was found dead yesterday morning. His boat was stranded near IJsselmeer Afsluitdike.
The boat was an Optima 98 and 60 year old solo skipper had in the past repeatedly participated in the event.
Yesterday morning a German had discovered the victim when he went with his car to the end of the IJsselmeer dike and saw there the yacht stranded.
Apparently the boat was previously run under full sail head-on the dike. When the man approached the ship, he saw the skipper behind the transom with the lifeless head down in the water. He was wearing a life jacket and a life line connected him to the boat.
Probably the skipper fell overboard and was dragged along by his boat. Whether he was unconscious when he fell or lost consciousness trying to get back on board is not yet clear.
Another possibility is, according to a spokesman for the Dutch Lifeboat Society KNRM that the skipper was killed with the collision when he tried to ground the boat to get inside again. He could have died of a cardiac arrest.
The race was canceled by the organizers after the announcement of the accident. The 200 miles solo takes place every year since 1996. Up to 100 yachts participate. Sailed is from Wednesday morning until the following Sunday. Start and finish are in Durgerdam on the southwestern shore of the Sea marker.
The skipper can choose from four different routes, each of which is 200 miles long. During the four days they have to comply with at least 27 hours of rest periods during which they have to stay on anchor somewhere. The race is sailed across the IJsselmeer and Markermeer, the Wadden Sea and the North Sea.