Nathan Owen, owner of Seabiscuit, needed assistance. *Photo by Daniel Forster/PPL
Nathan Owen, owner of Seabiscuit, needed assistance. *Photo by Daniel Forster/PPL

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 20: The cruise ship, Enchantment of the Seas, came to the aid of a sick sailor taking part in the Newport Bermuda Race.

The liner had been in Dockyard for the weekend and was on her way back to Boston when she was called into action to evacuate owner, Nathan Owen, from his 46-foot sloop Seabiscuit.

Mr Owen was suffering complications from severe dehydration when he was lifted on to the Enchantment of the Seas at around 3am on Monday.

Other yachts, including the Spirit of Bermuda, had changed course to offer assistance to the Seabiscuit crew.

Bermuda Race Organizing Committee Chairman John Osmond said: “The Committee is profoundly thankful to all who took part in this demanding and ultimately successful exercise.

“We especially thank Scott Jackson and his crew on board Spirit of Bermuda, Philip S. Dickey and his crew on Flying Lady, and the captain and crew of the Enchantment of the Seas for their caring and able seamanship.”

There’s plenty more cruise ships heading into Bermuda this week.

The Veendam will be alongside in Hamilton until Friday having arrived on the island yesterday morning.

While today the Norwegian Star and Celebrity Summit descend on the West End for two days.

They both leave Dockyard on Friday and will be replaced by the Explorer of the Seas on Saturday.

And then on Sunday the Enchantment of the Seas is back in Bermuda again along with the Norwegian Dawn.

Finally this week the Bermuda Islander gets into Hamilton tomorrow morning and the Oleander will arrive in the capital on Sunday afternoon.