French Yachtsman Rescued in Atlantic
Jun. 24, 1996
HALIFAX, Nova Scotia (AP) _ A French sailor whose yacht overturned during a transatlantic race was rescued Monday by a Canadian patrol boat.
Francis Joyaon, 40, had been sitting atop his 60-foot yacht, 220 miles southeast of Halifax, since Sunday evening.
``He was in reasonably good health and spirits,'' said Capt. Hans Kleemann of the search and rescue center in Halifax.
Joyaon crawled into a bottom hatch of the blue-hulled trimaran to protect himself from the elements and reach his food and hand-held radio.
The Frenchman was leading the 3,230-mile Original Classic race to Newport, R.I., from Plymouth, England. The event offers $50,000 in prizes and attracts some of the best racers in the yachting world.
``He was way ahead of the pack,'' said Roger Metherell of the Royal Western Yacht Club of England.
The British coast guard was investigating a distress signal sent out Monday by another yacht 600 miles from Britain.
On Thursday, another French racer was rescued after his trimaran flipped over approximately 930 miles east of Newfoundland.