- Title: WEST GERMANY: ABORTIVE ATTEMPT TO SAIL ATLANTIC IN INFLATABLE CATAMARAN
- Date: 20th February 1967
- Summary: Catamaran and crew preparing to leave; catamaran sails out. Initials TS/V/MGT Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved
- Embargoed: 7th March 1967 12:00
- Location: CUXHAVEN, WEST GERMANY
- Country: Germany
- Reuters ID: LVAACM1DHP6DW05PAHDE9LJJHJPR
- Story Text: Three young West Germans set out to sail the Atlantic in a 22-foot (6.6 metre) inflatable catamaran today (Monday) but were towed back into Cuxhaven two hours later after being beaten by storms whipping the North Sea. They called for help only a few miles and were towed in by the Cuxhaven Rescue Patrol Vessel.
The Germans 28-year-old, Ruediger Volgar, 30-year-old, Martin Roehrig, and Hans Schuemann, 24 had set out undaunted by stiff winds and reports of force-eight gales in the North Sea.
They had hoped to make the 7,000-mile voyage across the Atlantic, in six weeks, sailing to New York by way if the Azores and Bermuda.
Behind the catamaran, in a slightly smaller craft, the young Germans towed their supplies for the journey.
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