... "However, this is not the first time that the same yacht, with the same skipper, has 'gone missing'. In 2002 the SS Columbia waited out a storm in calm Pacific waters en route from Vancouver to Mexico to avoid stormy weather, while a frantic search was conducted. Sail-World Cruising hopes that this story will have the same ending" (source)
It luckily had the same ending.
Hopefully the British Coast Guard will get this man off the water but I fear that he just changes the flag and continues!