Hans Horrevoets Dies in Volvo Race after Going Overboard
May 19 - North Atlantic Ocean
Dutch crewmember Hans Horrevoets, 32, of ABN Amro Two, was washed overboard while trimming the spinnaker during Leg 7, New York to England, of the Volvo Race. It was blowing 25-30 knots at the time, and Horrevoets disappeared with a wave that washed down the deck. After dropping the chute and later the main, Amro Two motored back to the crewmember's position, and Simeon Tienpoint jumped in to assist recovery. When brought back aboard the boat, however, Horrevoets had no pulse and could not be revived. He is the fifth crewmember to die in the history of the Whitbread/Volvo.
As a child, Horrevoets had long dreamed of racing around the world, and got that opportunity at age 22 aboard the Whitbread 60 BrunelSunergy. He loved it. He leaves a pregnant wife and daughter.
Observers aren't necessarily surprised that a life has been lost on the Volvo, more that it happened while racing across the Atlantic rather than in the Southern Ocean. It's somewhat amazing the crew was even able to find Horrevoets in such conditions. "I have always assumed that if you fall off one of these boats, that will be the end," commented Paul Cayard, skipper of Pirates of the Caribbean.
Getting Mexican Temporary Import Permit over the Internet not Ready for Prime Time
May 19 - Cyberspace
"I tried to get a Temporary Import Permit online," reports computer expert and trimaran cruiser George Cathey, "but wasn't able to complete the process. Here's the lowdown:
"1) It's only available for future
entry into Mexico. Plus, you can't order it more than 60 days
in advance of arriving in Mexico.
Bottom line? Online is not yet ready for prime time in Mexico. Get your Import Permit in Mexico until further notice.
Into Every Life a Little Sun Must Fall
May 19 - Cayo Herradura, Venezuela
Since it's apparently going to rain - ??!!!! - in the Bay Area this weekend, we thought we'd bring a little sun into your lives. The accompanying photo is of Jerry Blakeslee, long ago of Bay Island Yachts in the Bay Area, and not quite so long ago of Bay Island Yachts in St. Martin, West Indies, and Cay Hickson of South Africa. The two are enjoying the warm waters of the Cayo Herradura, Isla Tortuga, Venezuela - and from all indications are completely naked.
The photo was taken in April not too far from where Venezuelan President/Semi Dictator Hugo Chavez is today holding a training exercise simulating an invasion by the United States - which he has been expecting to happen at any minute for a long time now.
Blakeslee retired from selling yachts a few years ago, then sailed south with Hickson aboard his 38-ft NAB to Grenada to avoid the hurricanes that often hit St. Martin. The boat was almost immediately hit by the first hurricane to hit Grenada in 150 years. But he had the boat repaired, and the two have been cruising the waters of Venezuela and the Caribbean for the last two seasons.
Dee Caffari Completes Non-Stop Solo Circumnavigation Against the Prevailing Winds
May 19 - UK
The 33-year woman completed the trip - which saw her battle icebergs, hurricane force winds, and huge seas - in 178 days aboard her 72-ft Aviva. We'll have details in the June issue of Latitude 38, which will hit the streets a week from today on Friday, May 26.