Southern Ocean Rescue


Originally posted November 26th, 2006

Mike Golding had to turn back to rescue fellow competitor, Alex Thomson after his keel failed in the Velux 5 Oceans race and then sustained a dismasting himself. Golding’s boat, Ecover is now making for Cape Town. The Southern Ocean is an unforgiving environment and particularly dangerous for yachtsmen because the route takes them out of air sea rescue range and there is little or no shipping in the area. During my rounding of Cape Horn, I was driven south by a storm and out of range of rescue services – it is a daunting feeling to know you are at the mercy of the elements.