Yachting Monthly: £155,000 worth of yacht abandoned. Three yachtsmen rescued from a life-raft after their 49ft yacht sank in the Atlantic were not insured for her loss

Leonard and Lisa Rorke’s £155,000 Beneteau Oceanis, last surveyed in 2007, was taking in water during a storm 900 miles off Bermuda, so they took to the liferaft with crewman Henri Worthalter and a pet dog.

They were picked up by a British-registered tanker the 351ft Tilda Kosan on passage to Mexico with a freight of gas.

The tanker’s captain used superb seamanship to range alongside the raft in the dark in rough conditions and take them off.

Leonard Rorke, 55, said: ‘We really did not think we were going to live. We were clinging on for our lives when we were found.’

The couple from Oundle, Northamptonshire only had the boat insured for Third Party claims.

They have two daughters back home at their £300,000 detached home.

See article at Yachting Monthly

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On Wednesday 31 July at 9.30am, Trafalgar Square will host the official unveiling and naming of Great Britain’s yacht for the Clipper 2013-14 Round the World Race. ‘Moored’ alongside one of London’s most famous landmarks, Nelson’s Column, and measuring an impressive 70ft, she won’t be hard to miss. She will remain there until Sunday evening 4 August, providing a rare opportunity for race enthusiasts to view the new Clipper 70 out of the water.

The ninth edition of the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race 2013-14 starts Sunday 1 September from St Katharine Docks, London and is anticipated to be the biggest event in the race history. More than 650 people will represent more than 40 different nations on 12 brand new 70ft racing yachts designed by renowned naval architect Tony Castro, and will return almost a year later after completing the 40,000 miles route.

In other Clipper news, PSP has been appointed as the official logistics partner of the 2013-14 event for the third consecutive time.

PSP’s job is to ensure that boats and containers carrying vital maintenance equipment and spare parts will be, in the words of Frank Dixie, managing director of PSP, “Exactly where they’re needed, when they are needed.”

Founder and chairman of the Clipper Race, Sir Robin Knox-Johnston said “I don’t think people appreciate just how vital it is to have a good reliable shipping company when running an international event like the Clipper Race.”

Read more at www.yachtingworld.com/news

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New mobile app: You can now get a new app to predict how the weather forecast is going to be. A successful day on the water can be determined by the wind, and this application could become your new favorite sailing information tool.

Although there are many different mobile phone applications to provide you with details on current conditions out at sea, this Predict Wind aims to give you accurate and reliable wind forecasts.

The mobile app also provides a weather routing tool to help you to work out the fastest and the most comfortable route while taking in weather conditions. Also there is a trip planner that will summarize wind data for the next couple of days to help you to plan your trip.

The application is available to on Apple and Android smart phones.

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