Sir Robin Knox-Johnston lost considerable body heat as he was forced to
dive into the chilled waters of the Southern Ocean to free a rope from
the keel of his Saga Insurance. Rounding off a miserable day for the
67-year-old, he lost third in the Velux 5 Oceans solo round the world
race as Kiwi Graham Dalton passed to the south.
Even at 45 degrees south, in the midst of Roaring Forties, rubbish in
the sea is a problem and it was Knox-Johnston's misfortune to get caught
in a fishing net. He spent a fruitless six hours hanging over Saga
Insurance's side with a knife lashed to sail battens to free debris 4.5
metres under the hull.
"I spent the night thinking but knew that there was only one way I could
get at the problem and that was by going swimming," recalled the man who
was the first to sail non-stop around the world nearly 50 years ago.
This involved a drysuit, sealed at the neck and wrists, but with little
thermal clothing to reduce buoyancy. His solution involved sending two
long ropes over the side and a propane gas cylinder as a mastshift float
to winch the net to the surface to cut once he got back onboard. – Tim
Jeffery, the Daily Telegraph, full story: http://tinyurl.com/ygxgrs