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  • America’s Cup French Catamaran Rescued

    The good news, a passing sailor rescued the French catamaran when it got loose due to poorly tied knots and drifted off from the pier.

    The bad news, the sailor has filed a claim on the French yacht. The sailor was at first hailed as a good Samaritan after spotting the catamaran near Treasure Island and using his own ship to tow it to the Treasure Island Marina. The sailor immediately hired an attorney and got a warrant issued from U.S. District Court seeking to “arrest” the boat, based on a law from the 19th century. The Blackwall law that grants "a salvor of imperiled maritime property on navigable waters a monetary award from the owner." His attorney claimed in court that the sailor was due a salvage claim of $200,000. If the French team does not pay, they will be sucked into a long court battle and will not have a boat to finish the America's Cup World Series.


    Sailor Who Rescued America's Cup Yacht Demands $200k
    A sailor who rescued a runaway America's Cup boat is using maritime salvage law to demand payment.

    http://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/local...173577631.html
    "Stand for the flag ~ Kneel for the fallen"

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    Todd Tholke’s claim to a $200,000 salvage award is giving America a bad image in international sailing circles. What a shame.

    When this first occurred, Mr Tholke accepted the French team's thanks and offer of a ride on the yacht. He made no mention of a claim on their vessel...until a few days later. Some suspect he may have been contacted by one of those "ambulance chasers", who convinced him to claim the salvage award.

    The French catamaran is currently sitting in a storage unit at the Marina Green.
    Last edited by Persephone; 26 Oct 12, 00:41.
    "Stand for the flag ~ Kneel for the fallen"

    "A wise man can learn more from a foolish question than a fool can learn from a wise answer." ~ Bruce Lee

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