Volonteers to spend 24 hrs in a liferaft in the North Sea, according to this article .
67 year old Ron Ingraham survive for 12 days at sea in his sailboat after being blown off course on a fishing trip around the hawaiian islands. The story was covered in all the US news outlets
Does this qualify as a story of lifeboat survival? After all, he had his entire sailboat with him, although it was dissabled in its ability to sail due to some mast damage, he did still have a mast and sails, and fishing gear. He said he ran out of water and had to "hydrate on fish".
Here is an article on Ingrahams experience in the LA times
Here is a tally of all the historic reports available on accidental and intentional voyages between the Polynesian Islands titled Table of Accidental and Deliberate Voyages
Lifeboat not large enough for number of people onboard.
Tale of survival after they swim 6 k to nearest island, which has no water, but an active volcano instead.
Aug 15 2014 article in Australian news
The International Life Boat Racing Association Announces the 2014 ILBRA World Cup To be Held In Culebra, Puerto RIco this March. Competitors Urged to Register Early.
The International Life Boat Racing Association Board of Directors has called for a official meeting to discuss the rules of this years competition, to be head in cooperation with the Royal Yacht and Pony Club of Dewey, Culebra, Puerto RIco, This Friday night at 8 pm.
Among the items to be discussed are whether or not Embattled Association President Smith should remain at the helm of the organization and if a Psychological Evaluation Board Should be established.
While a fixed date for the competition has not been made due to a struggle among equally divided members of the board about whether or not a raft made of coconuts and fishing net ( ibid Henri Carriere) is permitted in the competition, but the official start could be as early as Friday night after the meeting, or within a few weeks. As always, the competition cannot be concluded until all competitors return to point of origin of the race and are assessed for points earned.
A Message from Embattled Association President Smith
Ever wonder if your Lifeboat will be ready when you need it? I do. That's why every year I have the crew bust her out of the deck chocks and take her for a spin