After spending two months adrift at sea Louis Jordan's capsized 35ft sailing boat was found 200 miles off the North Carolina by a German ship. An injury caused when his boat flipped meant Louis was unable to repair his broken mast. In addition his electronics and navigation systems were no longer working.
To survive once his food and water and run out Louis collected rainwater, which he drank at a rate of a pint a day. He ate fish he caught by trailing dirty clothes in the ocean.
The US Coast Guard transported the sailor by helicopter from the German vessel, Houston Express, to a hospital in Norfolk, Virginia. He was discharged on Friday morning.
Charlie Stannard, 19 from London and Heather Thomas, 18, from West Yorkshire are celebrating after winning a life changing opportunity to race across the Pacific Ocean in Leg 6 of the famous Clipper 2015-16 Round the World Yacht Race.
Having been announced as finalists for the competition, run by the Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation, last December, both had been in Hampshire taking part in a week long race training trial on the Solent, and were expecting to return to shore today to find out who had been selected for the coveted race experience.
However both returned to shore to receive the surprise news from their skipper that both had been awarded the race place. Sir Robin Knox-Johnston explained: “The Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation ensures young people are given their best opportunity to achieve their potential through sailing so I am very pleased to support their hard work and make the decision to award both Charlie and Heather with a place on Leg 6 of the Clipper 2016-16 Race.
Three months from now, the world’s largest fleet of matched ocean racers will make its debut on the start line of the 84th JP Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race against 1,600 competitors.
It will be the eleventh time that Clipper Events has entered the largest single sailing race in the world and the fourth largest participation sporting event in the UK. This year, a record of sixteen Clipper Events yachts will compete, including the newest fleet of twelve Clipper 70-foot ocean racers and four Clipper 68-foot yachts.
At the helm on board the fleet of Clipper 70s will be 144 employees from RTI Race Title Sponsor, JP Morgan Asset Management. Vice President of the Corporate Investment Bank, Cy Lloyd-Jones who has been the Commodore of the JP Morgan London Sailing Club for the past eight years says: “With the impressive size of boats Clipper Events offers, it is easy to spot the other entries on the water, which adds an extra level of competitiveness
A world class and action packed race village is being created for Southsea Common with spectacular viewing opportunities across a range of fan packages. There are still tickets available in both the Waterfront Festival Arena (free to view, tickets available for Thursday and Friday) and Fanzone Arena (paid for tickets, available on all four days), as well as hospitality packages in the Waterfront Pavilion.
Naturally, given the racing will take place in such a popular area as the Solent, plenty of keen fans have been asking if they will be able to watch the racing from the water. The simple answer is "Yes, this will be possible, although the best viewing areas will be from the main race village onshore on Southsea Common."
The area of water racing will take place in (see visual above), is amazingly close to shore but is within a commercial shipping channel and an area managed Queen's Harbour Master Portsmouth (QHM). An exclusion zone will be created around the race course to ensure perfect racing conditions are delivered to the world class sailing teams, but also to ensure the safety of both the racing teams and the spectators – the teams will race in AC45s, foiling catamarans capable of speeds of up to 40 mph!
The race course and racing buoys will be laid on each day of racing by the official authorities and the final layout of the course will depend on wind and weather conditions.
Discovery Yachts will join a host of global luxury brands at the very first London Yacht, Jet and Prestige Car Show, taking place 8 - 10 April in the heart of London. The bespoke British yacht builder will display its new Discovery 55 Mk.II in St. Katharine docks to provide visitors to the show with a taste of genuine bluewater cruising.
The Discovery 55 Mk.II is designed by the legendary Ron Holland, to give exhilarating passage sailing in a safe and comfortable set-up. The yacht is designed to be sailed by just two people. Its ease of handling combined with attention to detail and exceptional use of space make her the ultimate bluewater cruising yacht.