From Captain Calamity who was rescued nine times in seven months to a Boeing 767 "sailing" along the Irish coast, here are the top YBW news stories for 2016
71-year-old Steve Shapiro, who was dubbed ‘Captain Calamity’ by the media, and his crew mate Bob Weise, hit the headlines after being rescued so many times during their voyage from Scandinavia to America.
In the end their trip in Nora, their 40-foot yacht, was abandoned in Cornwall, after they were rescued three times by the county’s RNLI.
In the final incident, the pair’s boat tipped over in Hayle Harbour and caught fire due to a candle not having been blown out properly.
Nora has now been sold.
The yacht that skipper Alex Thomson abandoned in the Southern Ocean in the 2006-2007 Velux 5 Oceans Race was discovered on a remote South American beach.
Cristian Donoso found the IMOCA 60 Hugo Boss yacht washed up on the Patagonian coast in Chile during a kayaking expedition.
Clipper Round the World race organisers confirmed that the crew of LMAX Exchange originally found the battered yacht carrying the remains of German sailor Manfred Fritz Bajorat.
The announcement came after fishermen came across his drifting yacht, Sayo, in the southern Philippines.
A post mortem examination later revealed Bajorat died of a heart attack.
The Flint Coastguard Rescue Team in North Wales got an unusual call-out in April following multiple reports of three men sailing the River Dee in a fridge freezer.
The kitchen appliance was later found abandoned, with no sign of the men. It was removed to a safe area.
UK Coastguard said the men were “extremely lucky they didn’t sink or get stuck in the mud when the fridge ran aground.”
Thousands of people turned out to watch a Boeing 767 being transported by barge up the west coast of Ireland to Co Sligo.
After successfully beaching at Enniscrone, it was transported to a nearby ‘glamping’ site to be turned into accommodation.
Tragedy struck the crew of the Platino when the 40-foot yacht suffered rigging damage in winds of up to 40 knots.
One sailor was killed and another declared overboard around 300 nautical miles north of New Zealand.
The rest of the crew abandoned the yacht, after being picked up by the container ship, Southern Lily.
Platino was lated towed into Whangarei.
Rape victim Georgina Mortimer decided to take legal action against Girls for Sail and its founder Annie O’Sullivan after she was attacked during her Caribbean sailing holiday.
Mortimer, who has waived her right to anonymity, claimed both of them were negligent after she was raped in the villa during the second night of her holiday at Rodney Bay, St Lucia.
She also claimed Girls for Sail offered her a “massage and a manicure” and a “complimentary day’s sailing” after she complained to the company, asking for a refund.
Her claims are strongly refuted by O’Sullivan.
The occupiers of the narrowboat, Golden Eagle, got a surprise while making their way up the River Avon – they hit a submerged Land Rover.
No one was inside the vehicle, which was removed by the fire brigade, and West Mercia Police launched an investigation.
Canadian nationals Isabelle Lagacé, 28, and Melina Roberge, 22, were cruising from England to Australia when they were stopped by police and found with 200 pounds of cocaine.
The pair had documented their fabulous trip on MS Sea Princess by posting pictures of their travels on Instagram.
Two tug boats had to help the luxury superyacht, Masteka 2, back to Sydney, after it lost steering and began sinking around 260-kilometres east of Port Macquarie in New South Wales.
The cruise ship, Carnival Spirit, evacuated two female crew members, while the remaining four crew stayed on boarde the 37-metre vessel.
No one was injured during the incident.
The origins of a strange, tar covered solar-powered ghost ship, which washed up on a beach in County Mayo, Ireland, kept people guessing during November.
The hand-built ship was eventually found to have come from Newfoundland, after it had been abandoned there by its owner, Rick Small.
After spending seven months restoring the narrowboat, Dylan Stockli and Jahne Cleaver watched helplessly as their home sank in the Regent’s Canal in London.
A fundraising campaign was launched by Cleaver’s mother, Jeanette Cleaver, to try and help the couple get back on their feet.