RI Sloop Returned After 13 Days Adrift

EastBayRI.com: After spending 13 days without a crew and adrift in the Atlantic Ocean, the 41’ sloop Avenir was located, secured and towed back into Bristol harbor on Monday night [July 9].

“It was 2 weeks ago today that we left it,” said skipper, Ron Rostorfer who was the last man to leave the boat when the 6-person crew was rescued by the Norwegian Star cruise ship. “That was an agonizing 2 weeks for Joe.”

Over that time, the owners of the boat, Joe and Linda Murray of Bristol, monitored the location of the Avenir using the transponder installed for the Newport to Bermuda race. Watching a dot on a computer screen, they talked about the potential to recover the boat.

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