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Excellent news that solo yachtsman Mervyn Wheatley was picked up in such style after his yacht was crippled in a North Atlantic storm at the weekend.

Image of part of  a Sailing to Purgatory webpage to illustrate the article.
Going down .... The luxury yacht sinks in the South Atlantic.
No ships lay within hundreds of miles. The brave young woman and your blogger spent eight stormy, horrendous days in a liferaft

Mervyn had the very good fortune to have the QE2 come to his rescue and pluck him safely from the deck of his badly damaged cruiser, Tamarind.

I've sailed the Atlantic and know the ocean's storms well, and I did compete in that race, the OSTAR, in a trimaran quite a few years ago.

Sharks

Like Mervyn, I also lost a yacht, which is part of the drama of the adventure-survival book I have just finished, working title Adrift.

Unlike Tamarind, though, the yacht that sunk under me in the South Atlantic was a luxurious superyacht.

And unlike this fortunate man, there were no ships within hundreds of miles. The brave young woman and your blogger spent eight stormy, horrendous days in a liferaft, soon surrounded by sharks.

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