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  • VENDÉE GLOBE 2020-21: It Is Insanely Close!!!VENDÉE GLOBE 2020-21: It Is Insanely Close!!!
    Jan. 15/2021:  This has never happened before. Usually at this point in a Vendée Globe, with the lead boats well around Cape Horn and sailing back up the South Atlantic toward home, there is one boat well out in front with another perhaps a few hundred miles behind hoping for… Read more »
  • GOLDEN RAY SALVAGE: Second Chunk of the Ship is GoneGOLDEN RAY SALVAGE:  Second Chunk of the Ship is Gone
    Jan. 8/2021:  I feel a bit invested in this situation, as I sailed Lunacy past the overturned hull of the 656-foot car carrier Golden Ray in the fall of 2019, not long after she capsized in St. Simons Sound in Georgia. It was… and still is… a very impressive sight… Read more »
  • DEAD GUY: Tim SeverinDEAD GUY: Tim Severin
    Dec. 28/2020:  I am sure I wasn’t the only one who noted with raised eyebrows that Tim Severin, aged 80, passed away in Ireland earlier this month. When I was much younger, I was fairly blown away by his first successful book and the great adventure that made him famous.… Read more »
  • JAMES WHARRAM: His New AutobiographyJAMES WHARRAM: His New Autobiography
    Dec. 18/2020:  James Wharram, who first came to notice back in the 1950s after sailing a crude homemade catamaran across the Atlantic from England to Trinidad with two occasionally (and famously) unclad women, has cut a unique trail through the firmament of modern yacht design. He has always planted his… Read more »
  • DEAD GUY: Frank ButlerDEAD GUY: Frank Butler
    Dec. 5/2020:  Dang. You know I’ve been slacking in this blogging game when the Wall Street Journal gets around to running an obit like this before I do. That link there is a couple of days old. The print version ran today. I met Frank Butler a few times in… Read more »
  • MAJOR BUMMER: Alex Thomson Retires from 2020-21 Vendée GlobeMAJOR BUMMER: Alex Thomson Retires from 2020-21 Vendée Globe
    Nov. 28/2020:  I was really hoping this was going to happen. That after coming second in the last Vendée Globe, and third in the one before that, that this time Alex Thomson on Hugo Boss would finally finish first and so become the first not-French person to win this singlehanded… Read more »
  • WHEN RACES ALIGN: Vendée Globe and the America’s CupWHEN RACES ALIGN: Vendée Globe and the America’s Cup
    Nov. 19/2020:  Hokey smokes! Can this be a coincidence? That the first aligning in 20 years of the planets Saturn and Jupiter, the two biggest in our solar system, and their closest conjunction since the year 1623, will occur next month, just as the two biggest races in sailing, the… Read more »
  • END OF SEASON BLUES: One Last Cruise and Prepping to HaulEND OF SEASON BLUES: One Last Cruise and Prepping to Haul
    Oct. 23/2020:   Those there are my two girl cousins–Cali, left, and Laura, right–in the foreground there, who came last week to help me (in the background there) get the mainsail off Lunacy so she can be hauled out and stored for the winter. It was my first time taking the… Read more »
  • DEAD GUY: Charles “May I Cast Off Now?” LassenDEAD GUY: Charles “May I Cast Off Now?” Lassen
    Oct. 9/2020:  Oh dear. I’ve seen this one coming for some months now, and it does not mitigate the loss. For it is my sad duty to report that my good friend, co-conspirator, and stalwart shipmate Charles Lassen passed away yesterday, a victim of prostate cancer run amok. Charles has… Read more »
  • AGROUND AGAIN, NATURALLY: Late Summer Scrub-down at Popham BeachAGROUND AGAIN, NATURALLY: Late Summer Scrub-down at Popham Beach
    Sept. 22/2020:  I ventured forth again alone on Lunacy last week, starting on Tuesday, on a special mission. Sailing away from Portland that afternoon I couldn’t help but note the hazy sky to the west, which was, so my radio informed me, due to smoke blown clear across the continent… Read more »