Thursday, January 20, 2011

Amver ship rescues Italian record breakers

Two Italian sailors, hoping to break a trans-Atlantic sailing record were instead rescued by an Amver participating Polish bulker, Delia, quite literally in the middle of nowhere.  The two Italian adventurers were attempting to break an Atlantic crossing speed record sailing from Senegal to Guadeloupe when their vessel capsized 1,000 miles from land on Monday Jan. 17, 2011.  Tradewinds reported rescue personnel from Martinique requested the Cypriot flagged bulker divert and rescue the duo.

According to the report, the Delia, managed by the Polish Steamship Company, was sailing from Brazil to Iceland when called upon to rescue the sailors. The Delia, an Amver participant since 1998, quickly changed course toward the distress location.  Despite fierce winds and battering waves the crew of the Delia were able to bring the two Italians on board. Sadly their catamaran was left to the elements.

What's it like to sail on the Delia? Take a look!

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