Mishap Monday.


Barkeep, I like it straight up, not on the rocks!

Photo of Team Vestas Wind after grounding on a charted atoll in the Indian Ocean. Yes boys and girls, even the experienced guys screw up sometimes. To quote Fredrik Lönegren, "Shit happens!"

Mind you, I think the navigator is looking for new opportunities. Maybe he should leave his stint with Team Vestas off his CV. I'm just saying.

Wayback Wednesday.


Where are we going today Mr. Peabody? Sherman, we are travelling back to 2011 to see for ourselves why it's not a good thing to play chicken with a ship in a channel.

Wrecked on wednesday


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Ah-oh, mast fall down and go boom.

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Fall off, fall off...too late! Nice sail shape.

Former Naval officer and skipper of the Atalanta of Chester, Ronald Wilson and his crew of serving or former Royal Navy personnel managed to collide with the tanker ship, Hanne Knutsen. The yacht's highly experienced crew - which consisted of serving and retired Royal Navy officers - had failed to correctly anticipate the tanker's movements. Do tell! A big red ship, balsting it's horn and sailing up a narrow channel, damn near impossible to tell where it's going.

Hubris is not a good thing.

Man Overboard! (Moving Pictures)


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How politically incorrect of you, Joe. Shouldn't it be Crew Overboard?
F that! I'm sick of walking on eggshells.

Sorry for the ride around the lake. Now back to our story.
Andrew Taylor was flung overboard while changing a sail on the foredeck of Derry~Londonderry~Doire' during Race 10 of the Clipper Round the World RaceHis swim occurred midway between Qingdao, China, and San Francisco. Luckily for Andrew, he was wearing a drysuit and PFD. His recovery from the messy waters of the North Pacific was no mean feat. Poor Andrew spent about an hour and a half in the water. He was quite happy to be pulled back aboard to the safety of the boat. His skipper said, "...whilst clearly shocked, he is quite happy to be alive I think!" Ya think!

Yes boys and girls, the sea is not for the faint of heart. To quote the Swiss Boy Scout handbook, "Allzeit bereit!"

Sources: Lectronic Latitude Lasso | Derry~Londonderry~Doire Clipper's Facebook Page

Wrecks On Wednesday: Spanish Ship Splits In Half. (Moving Pictures)

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What happens when your engines give out and you're next to a seawall? Munchola!

The Spanish cargo ship Luno collided into the sea wall at Anglet, after its engines failed. More at the BBC and Hybridcar.com.

Mommy Monday. (Moving Pictures)

Zumaia Marina

Wait a second, Joe. This doesn't cry out Mommy. It looks so pleasant and peaceful. What a nice little marina. Ah, my friends, looks can be decieving.


I wonder what happens out past the breakwater? Hm, I wonder?


Hm, I wonder?


Velero volcado en Zumaia from Gabi on Vimeo.

You've probably seen the photos from a few years back of our brillant band of heroes attempting to sail past the breakwater into the marina at Zumaia, now see the video. Via our friends at Pressure Drop.