Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Great American IV

I had the privilege of sailing with Rich Wilson last weekend on his newly acquired IMOCA Open 60 named Great American IV. Rich competed in and finished the Vendée Globe in the 2008-2009 edition which is an around the world, non-stop, single handed race (read about it here). He was only the third American to enter and the second to finish. This is easily the most challenging sailboat race on the planet and arguably the most difficult sporting event of all time.

He's gearing up for another go in the 2016-2017 Vendée Globe and is way ahead of the curve by already having the boat in hand. This was my first sail on an Open 60 and the experience instilled in me an even greater respect for the skippers who sail these around the world. It was a lot of boat for the two of us just zipping up to Portland from Marblehead; solo around the world must take an enormous amount determination.

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