“Talking Sailing” by Richard Crockett. Full Report – the Sinking of Pionier

by Richard Crockett

One of the most dramatic incidents of the 1971 Cape to Rio race was the sinking of ‘Pionier’ in mid-South Atlantic. Her crew were lucky to have spent only 19 hours in their liferaft after the yacht sunk beneath them very quickly at night, in an area way off the traditional shipping lanes.

It’s a good read from anyone going to sea in a small vessel should glean some useful information.

The article below is an extract from the book “Yachting in Southern Africa”, written by Anthony Hocking.

Read the Report Here:  Pionier Sinking – from Yachting in Southern Africa