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Supposedly, the dismasted "Sayo" had already been sighted in January by "LMAX Exchange" during the Clipper Round the World Race south of Guam, some 1000 nm away. One of the crew went aboard, discovered the body and reported back to the race committee. "LMAX Exchange" was instructed to continue the race and told the appropriate authorities would be notified.
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Here was the January 31st report from the "LMAX Exchange":

"LMAX Exchange had suspended racing this morning after discovering an abandoned yacht. The team, which was in third place at the time, was in contact with the US Coast Guard in Guam and the Race Director who communicated with Falmouth Coast Guard on the matter. No other Clipper Race yachts were involved. All Clipper Race crew are safe and well and the team has now resumed racing. - See more at: Clipper Race Discovered Dead Skipper >> Scuttlebutt Sailing News

And the March 1st update:

"UPDATE: In January during the leg from Australia to Vietnam, LMAX Exchange came across a dismasted boat south of Guam (see report). At the time, the Clipper Race was unable to release any further details but it was in fact the German-registered yacht Sayo which was recently discovered off the coast of the Philippines with the sole occupant dead, probably for some considerable time. An LMAX Exchange crew member had boarded the yacht and reported the find which was relayed to the relevant authorities who instructed the team to continue racing while they took over the investigation and traced the next of kin. - See more at: Clipper Race: Deteriorating Conditions >> Scuttlebutt Sailing News



"Sayo" drifted ~1000 NM West, dismasted, in one month? I suppose that it's possible, but it would require an average speed of around 1.5 knots on the Pacific North Equatorial Current, which is 2-3X published values:
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Re: Sailor found dead on drifting yacht

Curiouser and curiouser....

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A thousand miles in a month? Spooky. But, Ghosts have been know to take the helm from time to time. Usually on boats of single handed sailors.

Exhibit A: Joshua Slocum: Sailing alone around the World
Exhibit B: Robert Manry: Tinkerbelle

Wonder what condition the mast was in when first spotted by racers in January?

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Ive just been looking up how a body mummifies. and salty air and a breeze would do it . but also lack of oxygen can also mummify a body. could he have been motoring with the hatches closed. had an exhaust leek and died of carbon monoxide poisoning and the lack of oxygen in the cabin caused the mummification. just a thought.
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Here's video from the Racing boat crew that discovered the drifting dead sailors boat. What I found interesting was though the boat was a wreck and looked like it been floating that way for a long time. The cabin hatch that was not entirely closed yet it was still floating despite everything it had been through.
Video: Round the world sailor finds mummified body on drifting yacht - Telegraph

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"As a team we found comfort that he was found and that peace will be given to his friends and family who have been looking for him. Our words and thoughts were shared for the sailor as he now rests in peace."
"Very well put" doesn't do this justice. Very few of us deserve such an epitaph.


"...the experience was quite distressing for the crew member who went aboard, who does not wish to talk publicly about it,..."
I've never come across a dead body. Yet there are seven billion plus of us here now, and we are all going to be found by somebody, eventually. Some are trained for this; most aren't. This crew member is a Hero.

I wish well for the Crew of the "LMAX Exchange". They stopped their Race to help a fellow Sailor possibly in trouble, all for nought but nightmares, and now in third place. Life goes on.

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Re: Sailor found dead on drifting yacht

Yes LMAX did the right thing. Good on them. Believe such an action is expected by any passing vessel.
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