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Skipper Tells Of Pend Oreille Rescue

Skipper Lawrence Killingsworth of the sailboard Ta' Ata Ori, which is moored at Bayview, tells of a dramatic rescue of two other sailboaters on Lake Pend Oreille near Bayview Saturday. The information is posted on Herb Huseland's Bayviews:

As we headed back toward Bayview around noon, the wind picked up and slowly built to around 20 knots, from the south. I was at the helm, the rest of the crew tidying up the boat, making preparations to take the sails off and get TAO ready for the coming winter. I noticed a small sailboat, about 1/2 mile off our port beam that seemed to be in a bit of trouble. As I watched, the boat capsized and then “turtled.” (Turned completely upside down, with the mast pointed toward China.) The crew of two was in the water. (Water temp about 60 degrees.) I immediately changed course and the TAO crew went into full “rescue mode.” By the time we reached the turtled boat, we had the boarding ladder down, the dinghy ready, boat hooks, life jackets and horseshoe buoys in hand and towels and warm blankets waiting. More here.

Question: Have you ever been in need of rescue?

Ex-Trib Publisher Lands In Cold Water

Butch Alford, our esteemed former publisher, recently took an unexpected dip in Payette Lake at McCall. During the Payette Cup Regatta, Alford was aboard his sailboat, the Nancy Ann, when he was knocked into the 48-degree water by the boom. A nearby sailor threw him a lifeline and pulled Alford from the frigid lake. His left leg smacked a winch during the mishap, but he was able to race the next day. Unfortunately, this sailing-gone-awry story doesn’t end there. When it was time to get his San Juan 21 sailboat ready for the trip home, the mast fell 3 to 4 feet, striking the Lewiston semi-retiree. “A falling mast is a sailor’s nightmare,” he told the Tattler. “It missed my head, but it hit my left leg”/Tribune Tattler. More here. (SR file photo for illustration purposes: Kathy Plonka)

Question: What’s the strangest thing that’s happened to you aboard a sailboat or motorboat on Idaho waters?

Waves Smash Dreams Of World Quest

In a, Jan 23, 2010 file photo , Abby Sunderland, 16, looks out from her sailboat, Wild Eyes, as she leaves for her world record attempting journey at the Del Rey Yacht Club in Marina del Rey, Calif. Sunderland the 16-year-old California girl whose dream of sailing solo around the world was dashed by massive waves that smashed her mast said Tuesday that she still loves sailing and hopes one day to circumnavigate the globe. (AP Photo/Richard Hartog/file)

Question: Would you allow your 16YO child to try to sail around the world on his/her own?

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D.F. Oliveria is a columnist and blogger for The Spokesman-Review. Print Huckleberries is a past winner of the Herb Caen Memorial Column contest by the National Association of Newspaper Columnists. The Readership Institute of Northwestern University cited this blog as a good example of online community journalism.

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