The saga of Astoria’s wayward sailor/Kon Tiki drifter, 65-year-old Russian immigrant Rimas Meleshyus, continues.
In his ongoing quest to sail around the world alone, he wound up being towed into Saipan in October, after his calls for help were finally heard. He’d been at sea for 137 days (missing for 77). Rimas planned to stay there for a while to rest, restock and refit his boat for a trip to Japan. Or Alaska. Or Australia. The dream lives on.
Normally very active on his Facebook page, Rimas has been unusually quiet for several weeks. Now the news comes in via the Facebook page of Saipan’s Sherri Riggs TV that he’s gone. He got a tow out of the reef, and, without a tracking device, is heading for Guam. One problem: The currents in that area apparently don’t head that way, and his specialty is drifting, not sailing.
Looks like it’s going to be a Christmas at sea for Rimas. Where will he turn up next?