Bristol 45.5 - AiniA
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US sailor missing in New Zealand
I know that most people do not read the News Feeds and I rarely do, but there was one article about a sailor (and boat) missing in New Zealand that hit home since we met the guy a few times coming across the Pacific. Sean is the one I always think of when young people with no money want to head off around the world. He was actually doing it and with some success.
His boat is a Bristol 27 with no engine that seemed to be well set-up for the challenge. He had a sculling oar for moving around in harbor if there was no wind, a Monitor vane, and a big solar panel. Don't know if he had an EPIRB - at this point I hope not since he would have activated it by now I assume if you was in trouble. From the reports he was sailing around New Zealand, not something I would want to do singlehanded without an engine since the harbors are few and far between and not terribly well-protected and the winds are storms are serious even in mid-summer. I hope that if he had problems he was able to run the boat ashore somewhere. The Kiwis are searching but the coast of South Island is wild and there are not many people is many areas.
I hope he is well. This is the second boat that we have known that has gotten in serious trouble. The other was a Pearson 36, also singlehanded. In that case the sailor was rescued but the boat was lost.
After the refit we have decided to sell Ainia. We want something smaller that would be could for the light summer winds of Lake Ontario, although we plan to spend at least a couple of winters in the Caribbean before heading north.