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Sailboat Abandoned In The Caribbean Lands on Norway’s Coast

December 19, 1995

OSLO, Norway (AP) _ A sailboat abandoned in the Caribbean a year ago has washed up on the coast of Norway, some 6,200 miles across the Atlantic.

The trimaran ``Twinsea″ was in a trans-Atlantic sailboat race when it capsized in November 1994 and its crew was rescued, the boat’s owner, Claude Bistoquet of Guadeloupe, told Norwegian officials this weekend.

Then a month ago, ``I saw it from my kitchen window,″ said Steinar Male. ``We went down to check it right way.″

The 70-year-old Male lives near Fraena, 125 miles north of Bergen, the main town on Norway’s west coast.

Eivind Kringstad of the Fraena sheriff’s office tracked the owner through papers found on board, and got a reply this weekend.

``He said that was the first he had heard of his boat since it capsized,″ Kringstad told The Associated Press by telephone.

``Twinsea″ was abandoned near the conclusion of the 30-boat ``Route du Rhum″ race from St. Malo, France, to Guadeloupe in the French West Indies.

The 65-foot-long boat was apparently intact when it was carried by the Gulf Stream to Norwegian waters. It broke up when a Norwegian ship tried to salvage it at sea last month.

``They lost the middle part, which washed up on shore here,″ said Kringstad.

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