Book recaps sailor’s rescue with McMurdo AIS

Clipper Race sailor Andrew Taylor released a book detailing his rescue at sea using McMurdo’s AIS man-overboard technology.
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Clipper Race sailor Andrew Taylor released a book detailing his rescue at sea using McMurdo’s AIS man-overboard technology.

The story behind the Clipper 2013-14 Race and Taylor’s dramatic rescue from the rough seas of the North Pacific are the subject of his new book, titled “179W — One Seven Nine West,” which was released Monday in London.

179W were the coordinates transmitted from Taylor’s McMurdo automatic identification system man-overboard device from the yacht Derry Londonderry Doire during the 2013-14 Clipper Race. Taylor was a crewmember on the yacht.

“My Clipper Race training and equipment undoubtedly kept me alive and allowed me to stay alive until the boat returned, but McMurdo’s AIS MOB device saved my life,” amateur sailor Taylor said in a statement.

Amid a rough storm in the icy North Pacific Ocean, the yacht was hit by a big wave and Taylor was swept overboard. The yacht was 2,000 miles away from the nearest land, an hour from the nearest racing yacht and no other ocean vessels were within 1,000 miles.

The rescue operation was slowed by bad weather and rough seas, making it nearly impossible to visually locate Taylor. As soon as he activated his McMurdo AIS MOB device, his crew was able to pinpoint his location and come to his aid.

“We are delighted to be celebrating Andrew’s amazing story here today,” Orolia CEO Jean-Yves Courtois said. “At McMurdo we strive to make it possible for people to do what they love, whether it’s sailing, flying or exploring, and to keep them safe while they pursue their dreams. Andrew’s story exemplifies this — his Clipper Race crew and our technology kept him safe to race another day.”

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