The Age, February 9, 2008-- A message in a bottle found on an Australian beach has provided some clues as to what happened to four sailors lost at sea in 1988. The boat was headed up the Australian coast when it vanished with all four crewmembers aboard. Rumours of foul play have been discounted by the families after learning of the note, written 10 days prior to the disappearance of the boat. Read More
Watch this video showing Pam Habek and Scott Duncan, two legally blind sailors sail into Sydney Harbor after crossing the Pacific. The couple is circumnavigating the globe and accepting assistance from sighted people only for guidance into busy foreign ports. Learn the motivation behind this mission for the near- blind sailors in this video. Watch the Video
Nothing has been heard from the couple since their final blog entry, on September 7, 2007. Canadian and American authorities have now suspended their search for the couple and their vessel Takaroa II. Malchow, 31, a carpenter and rigger, and Steele, 27, who worked in a cafe in Russell earlier this year, came to New Zealand in October 2006. They bought a van in Auckland and toured the country, before ending up in Northland. The couple divided their time between Russell and Whangarei before buying Takaroa II, a 9m Tahiti ketch. After refurbishing the boat the couple set sail for Tahiti and then Hawaii.
Approximately 300 days until the start of the Around in Ten, singlehanded around the world yacht race in... 10 foot boats. The goal is to beat the record set in 1987 by Serge Testa in his 11'10" boat Acrohc Australis (pictured). The four entrants are each building their tiny boats and are faced with the challenge of constructing the most seaworthy vessel of its size as the boats are too small to carry liferafts. Read More
This nautical documentary uses rare footage to follow the boats and crews of the late 19th and early 20th centuries who dared the 18,000 mile voyage from New York to San Francisco, including passage around the infamous Cape Horn. Narrated by Jason Robards and presented by the National Sailing Hall of Fame.