“Talking Sailing” From My Archives. Worst Yet to Come for Participants in the BOC Challenge

By Richard Crockett

The BOC singlehanded round the world race is without doubt one of the toughest challenges of our sport. The only good thing about it is that is has a few compulsory stops along the way compared to the “ultimate challenge” which is the Vendee Globe Challenge which is non-stop.

There is always some drama in these races as the fleet traverse some of the worst conditions nature can throw at them. Yet that’s all part of the challenge that the competitors acknowledge and thrive on.

The 1994 race was no different. This is how the today’s report opened:

“The BOC Challenge around-the-world yacht race is not only the longest single-handed endurance event in the world, and must also rate as arguably the most dangerous sporting venture known to humankind.

“And in this year’s race, the hazards and perils of solo racing have become clear early on, culminating in the rescue of Briton Josh Hall, who abandoned his sinking yacht yesterday when Australian Alan Nebauer reacted to his SOS and plucked him to safety close to the Equator.”

READ IT ALL HERE:  1994 10 19 – RCYC Archives – OCR 463_Redacted

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