Eight Bells for Ned Cabot

Edmund ‘Ned’ Cabot, Ocean Watch crew member and avid yachtsman, drowns when swept overboard off Newfoundland.

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Dr. Ned Cabot is shown in this January 2010 photo, third from left, with other Ocean Watch crewmembers, participating in Around the Americas, a 28,000-mile sailing circumnavigation of the American continents. From left are CW senior editor Herb McCormick, David Thoreson, Ned Cabot, David Rockefeller, Jr., Mark Schrader, David Treadway and Dave Logan.David Thoreson and Around the Americas www.aroundtheamericas.org

Dr. Edmund B. ‘Ned’ Cabot, a retired surgeon and scion of a Boston Brahmin family, drowned Saturday off the coast of Newfoundland, when a rogue wave swept him from his yacht, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police said today.

Cabot, 69, a lifelong sailor, was on the final leg of a journey he and friends had pursued over the past seven summers on his sloop, Cielita, that had taken them from Nova Scotia through Greenland, Iceland, and Scotland to the coast of Norway, said Peter B. Ellis, a friend of Cabot's for 40 years.

Ellis said Cabot was sailing with two friends Saturday afternoon, about 200 miles from the end of their long journey, when a “rogue wave” struck the yacht and swept Cabot into the sea.

Ellis said he had spoken to experienced sailors who described Cabot as "the most careful and responsible sailor that they ever met."
"They are absolutely staggered that he could have been the victim of something like this," Ellis said. "This was not some yahoo yachtsman out on a weekend jaunt."

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