Australian Lunatics Narrowly Avert Death Off Nantucket

Lunatics, a-holes, idiots… whatever you want to call them…In January, Reg and Jason McGlashan paid USD $10,000 for the 43-foot sailboat Sedona off eBay with the intention of sailing her to Australia less than two months later.   “We’ve never done anything like this. Dad’s not even a sailor, but he’s a quick study,” said Jason McGlashan in an interview with the Newport Daily News in early February. “We’ve got plenty of food, plenty of booze, good sails and all the safety gear you could ever need, so we’re going to be OK.”   Our source further notes that the father and son pair had planned to sail their boat around the southern tip of Africa and through the Southern Ocean, instead of the much easier route through the Panama Canal and the along the Pacific trade winds.   The U.S. Coast Guard was informed prior to their departure of their foolish plans and subsequently gave them a final warning that departing for the open ocean from Newport on Friday with a blizzard forecast was a very dangerous plan.   150 miles later, with their sails in tatters and hypothermia setting in, they called it quits and requested rescue from those who had advised them against going in the first place.…MORE


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One Response to Australian Lunatics Narrowly Avert Death Off Nantucket

  1. sarasinart says:

    I don’t know anything about sailing but to go out already warned and unprepared…and the phrase plenty of booze doesn’t seem like it goes with being alert enough for a trip like this was. Coast Guard to the rescue, in horrible conditions for the job.


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