June 1, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Long before a retired Southern California couple and two friends were shot and killed aboard their sailboat off the Horn of Africa in February 2011, the threat from Somali pirates was frighteningly clear. Since 2005, heavily armed Somalis in jury-rigged speedboats had hijacked scores of oil tankers, cargo ships and private yachts, holding hundreds of crew members hostage for lucrative ransoms. The brigands had crippled shipping in some of the world's busiest sea lanes, costing companies an estimated $5 billion a year.
May 23, 2013 |
CANNES, France - For his 2011 Wall Street drama "Margin Call," writer-director J.C. Chandor put an ensemble of stars including Kevin Spacey, Jeremy Irons, Demi Moore and Zachary Quinto into corporate offices and had them talk furiously as a crisis at their characters' firm climbed up to the executive suites. Chandor's unconventional new film, "All Is Lost," unveiled at the Cannes Film Festival this week, goes in a vastly different direction: It features just one character, played by Robert Redford, on a sailboat.
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February 27, 2013 |
The Coast Guard on Tuesday suspended its search for four people, including two young children, who were believed to be missing after a distress call from what was said to be a sinking sailboat in the ocean south of San Francisco. Officials are investigating the possibility that the incident was a hoax. Searchers using aircraft and sea vessels found "no signs of distress, no signs of debris, no reports of missing people," Coast Guard spokesman Mike Lutz said. The agency will continue to investigate the case, including whether the initial distress call was a hoax, Lutz said.
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September 16, 2012 |
A Newport Beach boat builder's efforts to restore a historic 1916 sailboat in a yard at his home may have finally run aground. After Dennis Holland, 67, missed an Aug. 30 date to disassemble the Shawnee, Newport Beach city attorneys last week asked the courts to appoint a receiver and remove the boat from a side yard at his Holiday Road home. Although this appears to bring the project close to its end, Holland said he remains optimistic despite being slowed by recent chemotherapy treatment for prostate cancer.
September 3, 2012 |
Warming global temperatures and melting polar ice caps have helped a trio of explorers go where few men have gone before. In an account of their voyage posted Monday, the crew of the 31-foot Belzebub II - a fiberglass sailboat with a living space the size of a bathroom - described how they crossed through the M'Clure Strait in northern Canada, a decreasingly ice-packed route through the famed Northwest Passage. The international three-man crew - an American, Canadian and Swede - claim to have piloted the first sailboat to do so. The route is named after 19th century British explorer Robert McClure, the first person to cross the elusive Arctic passage that connects the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific, an arduous, frosty trek that nearly killed his men. But last week, scientists said the area of floating sea ice in the Arctic had fallen to the lowest level ever observed.
September 2, 2012 |
PSERIMOS, Greece - "Our boats are for people who don't like crowds," Muhammet Okumus, our captain, tells me. "Even though there can be six or so gulets in a bay in summer, the places we go never see cruise ships. " He's right. It's easy to be basking in the solitary glory of an Aegean inlet and suddenly feel territorial when another gulet with all of eight passengers pulls into your bay. Okumus pulls out a map and asks me, "Where do you want to go next?" I cannot remember ever being asked that on a cruise.