- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 16, 2015

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - A South Carolina novelist who’s lost two vessels during solo sailing adventures says he’s likely done with the sailor’s life.

Michael Hurley, who was rescued by Maine Maritime Academy’s training ship last week, says the loss of his 30-foot sailboat The Prodigal effectively ends his ocean sailing career, for now. The Prodigal, which was not insured, was scuttled in the Atlantic.

Hurley set off from Charleston, South Carolina, with plans to sail to Ireland.

While at sea, he began repairing his relationship with his wife and they decided to renew their vows just days before his storm-battered sailboat began taking on water.

The 57-year-old former lawyer said his wife, Susan, is prone to seasickness anyway, “so I expect I am headed landward, not seaward this time.”

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