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    Unhappy Guy Bernardin Lost at Sea :(

    Sad news from Sailing Scuttlebutt:

    http://www.sailingscuttlebutt.com/20...rdin-lost-sea/

    Published on October 5th, 2017

    French-American sailor Guy Bernardin, who was planning a circumnavigation without stops, has disappeared at sea off the coast of the United States following the discovery of his unmanned boat. It was Bernardin’s intention to organize a flotilla to to commemorate the 50 year anniversary of Frenchman Bernard Moitessier’s participation in the 1968 Sunday Times Golden Globe Race, the first round the world yacht race.
    Here is the AFP news story, translated from French to English:
    The French-American navigator Guy Bernardin disappeared at sea off the coast of the United States, where his boat was found last month by the Coast Guard, it was learned Tuesday with his companion, Mitzi.
    North Carolina, in the southeastern United States, on August 9 aboard the “Crazy Horse”, a sailboat of about fifteen meters that he had just bought, Guy Bernardin, 73, to join La Turballe (Loire-Atlantique) at the end of a crossing of the Atlantic from three to four weeks.
    His boat was found a few days ago about 700 miles off Cape Cod (Massachusetts, northeastern United States). The survival raft was still on board.
    “We always think it happens to others,” Mitzi Bernardin told AFP.
    The last known position of Guy Bernardin dated August 15, off the coast of Virginia. His Spot tag had not been issued since then. The Regional Operational Surveillance and Rescue Center of Griz Nez (Pas-de-Calais) issued a “Notice of Concern” on 18 September inviting mariners to report any relevant information.
    Guy Bernardin was scheduled to embark on a non-stop round-the-world tour in 2018 to mark the 50th anniversary of Bernard Moitessier’s “Long Road,” an autobiographical account of his journey during the first solo round the world race.
    Originally from Saint-Briac (Ille-et-Vilaine), the navigator had spent six times Cape Horn and carried out five sailing tours of the world.
    He had participated in the first edition of the Vendée Globe, in 1989-90, but had to stop in Australia because of a toothache. The navigator also had several transatlantic soloists, two BOC Challenge and the Route du Rhum in 1990.
    “It is not necessarily a bad end for a sailor,” said skipper Titouan Lamazou, who had participated in several races with him. “It was a sailor like I love them, an old bear bad licked but very sympathetic,” he added.
    In 1998, Guy Bernardin completed a three-year world tour in New York on board the “Spray of Saint-Briac”, a copy of the “Spray” by Joshua Slocum, the first circumnavigator of history, with his wife and their son Briac, then seven years of age. “It was a tight, unique, somewhat atypical guy in the offshore racing world,” said Bernard Rubinstein, former editor of Voile Magazine.

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    Default Re: Guy Bernardin Lost at Sea :(

    Better end than a retirement home or dementia.

    Vale Guy.

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    Default Re: Guy Bernardin Lost at Sea :(

    Agreed, but I hope he didn't float around for too long .... hoping.
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    Default Re: Guy Bernardin Lost at Sea :(

    I rather like the notion that even with Spot and all that, it's been more than a month for word to leak out. It is right for the solo sailor.

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    This is a tough bullet to bite! A seasoned sailor like Guy Bernardin does not usually place himself in a position of accidentally falling overboard! I always have a saftey line rigged that runs for and aft the length of the boat. I have that so I can clip my harness into it off shore at night and when conditions call for it. I might add that most drowned men recovered at sea, are found to have had their fly's unzipped. This does go to say that if you have to take a pee at sea, make sure the rest of you is secured! I say this, not in jest, but as to something that we all have done thinking we were safe and secure. Because, we who go down to the sea in ships, are comfortable with the motion of the boat we often forget how simple it is to trip, take a bad step or grab a slippery shroud! My advise to us all is to, Clip In, no matter how many times you have sailed at night off shore!
    Bird

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    Default Re: Guy Bernardin Lost at Sea :(

    IIRC, there was some ugly weather off the Atlantic coast in August. Harvey was forming up in the Carribean and there was a pretty big system to the north that clocked eastward as Harvey smacked the Texas coast, but I don't recall the timing for sure. I'm a believer in Jacklines and a 2-lead tether, bot even those can fail. At least he was doing what he loved.

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    Default Re: Guy Bernardin Lost at Sea :(

    We'll never know, nor will his family.
    "... and the great shroud of the sea rolled on as it rolled five thousand years ago."

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