Thursday, January 26, 2012
A few minutes ago, the NZ coastguard made an announcement on the VHF radio that they are looking for the sailing yacht, "Nilaya," which may have been renamed "Berserk." Yesterday I read on aftenposten.no that Jarle Andhøy is (was) in New Zealand, had bought a boat, and is planning to sail back to Antarctica this (southern) summer. You may have read about his tragic Antarctic expedition in February 2011 when his boat "Berserk," was hit by a storm and presumably sank with all three crew (Andhøy and another team member were already ashore, planning to ride quad bikes across Antarctica). When I had a look at photos of "Nilaya," I recognized it, having walked past it (with a "for sale" sign) almost every day while Twister was docked in Westhaven Marina in Auckland. At 19 years old, Andhøy sailed his 27 foot Albin Vega (alone from Norway to Ushuaia, Argentina, then) with one crew to the Antarctic Peninsula and back to Ushuaia. Ever since, he has been in continual trouble with various authorities for sailing in the Arctic and Antarctic without the proper permits. Good luck, Jarle!