This one involves an experienced sailor and not just any first timer. Having a couple of 'round the world voyages under his belt already meant that he probably was ready for nearly anything.
Photo credit: cetis.si
The Lunatic holds the story of Jure Sterk, a 72-year-old man from Slovenia. He wanted to set two records: to be the oldest man to sail nonstop around the world and to do it in the smallest boat without an engine. He was by no means a novice. He had already done a round-the-world trip in 1991 and wrote four books about his adventures.
He took a radio with him on the trip, but soon after New Year’s Day in 2009, he went silent. A passing ship found the Lunatic empty and with heavy storm damage and its emergency boat at the back missing. Jure and this emergency boat were never found.
Seems obvious what happened to the guy, but you just never know. Brave soul to go it alone, though.
Coffee in the kitchen this morning. Storm seems to be brewing outside!