Snagged: The Viking Sailor

You know, I think I am beginning to develop strange feelings for Jarle Andhoy.  It’s either admiration for his daring feat to sail to Antarctica in a 50 ft sailboat, or disbelief that someone would try to sail to Antarctica is a sailboat especially since his last sailboat sank in Antarctica, or even just envy over his position as a Norwegian Sex God.  I don’t know, I’m just the writer.  It’s up to someone else to interpret my feelings.  (FYI: good luck).

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Just in case you haven’t been following along, he set sail in January after dodging the New Zealand customs agents who were trying to arrest him for illegally entering the country.  He set sail so quickly that he failed to notice a repair man still fixing things in his boat and thus this man got to take a free trip to Antarctica. 

OK, feel caught up now?

Well, the sailboat was injured (not surprising when you are surrounded by floating ice and crappy weather that describes an Antarctic summer in a sailboat!) but all was not lost.  They put into shelter on the Antarctica coast, made repairs, and made an executive decision to head north to Argentina to avoid arrest in New Zealand. 

This plan ultimately failed.  Jarle Andhoy has been arrested by the Chilean Navy.  Supposedly they arrested him because the skipper of the boat gave the authorities the wrong boat name over the radio.  I’m sure it wasn’t intentional.  He probably just forgot.  Being in Antarctica for  two months in Antarctica without re-provisioning will do that to you.  That’s some stale food people.  Bound to cause hallucinations and lies. 

Anyway, the crew (+ one) are being held while the authorities try to decide if the repair man went willingly or if he was forced to take this sight-seeing trip.  Either way, he got a trip of a life time.  His only problem is whether or not his girlfriend will take him back when he returns to New Zealand. 

Oh, and he set sail without his passport which means that he missed out on the nifty Antarctica passport stamp.

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