"There is no great winner without a great second, that’s what I always say. So if you hadn’t had Armel with you, you wouldn’t have achieved what you achieved. So congratulations to Armel, too, he is part of that performance, too, but not of the victory. We all know a performance like yours can only be achieved if someone else is pushing you." Jean le Cam
A never ending story
A sailor involved in his 15th sea rescue has been begged by harbour officials to hang up his wetsuit after costing the RNLI a staggering £40,000 in call-out costs. But Glenn Crawley refuses to give up sailing, blaming "some granny walking along the cliffs" for the numerous emergency calls made on his behalf. (2013)
A hapless sailor dubbed 'Captain Calamity' has destroyed his catamaran after flipping it for the 13th time - attempting to ride Britain's biggest wave.
Bungling Glenn Crawley , 55, has repeatedly caspsized his catamaran 'Mischief', costing the RNLI more than £30,000 in rescues. (2010)
Srecko and Olga Pust were taking part in the ARC-rally and sailing their Sweden Yachts 45 Ciao two-handed and were nearing the end of a long passage from Indonesia to the remote Cocos (Keeling) Islands. The were only 40 miles from landfall. The rudder was all but knocked off in an impact with the submerged object (possibly a whale?).
The boat had been their home for several years while cruising, and they were to lose almost everything in the sinking.
Syd Fischer, born 4 March 1927 in Sydney
Most noted for his sailing, Fischer is described as Australia's most successful offshore sailor. He has skippered numerous yachts, notably several named Ragamuffin and has competed in six Admiral's Cup teams representing his country. He has had wins including
- World Championship One Ton Cup in Stormy Petrel in New Zealand in 1971
- 1971 Fastnet Race in Ragamuffin
- Line honours in the 1988 and 1990 Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race
- Handicap honours in 1992 Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race
- 1980 Round State Race in Hawaii
Fischer shares a record of five challenges for the America's Cup, with Sir Thomas Lipton.
He first challenged for the 1983 America's Cup in Advance, the year Australia II won.
He led subsequent challenges in 1987 in Steak'n'Kidney, and 1992 in Challenge Australia.
He made his third and fourth attempts at San Diego in 1992 and 1995 and his fifth in Auckland in 2000.
In 1996 and 1998 he captained Australia's Kenwood Cup team.