Patrick and Amanda Marshall
OCC Barton Cup - 2012
(s/v Egret) – for their ‘directionally challenged’ Atlantic passage aboard their Sweden Yachts 390, Egret. Some seek challenges, others have challenges thrust upon them, and few things could be more challenging than losing the rudder of a fin-keeled yacht just four days into an Atlantic passage with 1500 miles still to go. Indeed, several yachts have been abandoned or even scuttled mid-Atlantic following steering failure.
Patrick and Amanda showed great determination and excellent seamanship during the remainder of their 26 day passage, and their well-written account contains information which would be invaluable to anyone faced with a similar failure in the future.