I have been sailing and sail racing most of my life. In the early 1980’s I was a professional windsurfer, sailing in such places as the North Pacific, the Gorge, the North Sea, Lago di Garda, Sardinia and other exotic locales.
Over the past decade, I have raced and sailed up and down the East Coast of the U.S. on various sailboats including my own boat Sedna, a Hunter 45 center cockpit. Some of my favorite locations have been Annapolis, Maryland, Newport, Rhode Island and Halifax, Nova Scotia.
In 2012, I was fortunate to have raced with Singapore in the Clipper Round the World Race. I competed on two legs which took me half way around the world from Qingdao, China across the North Pacific Ocean to San Francisco, and then on New York. We took second on the 6,000 mile race across the North Pacific and finished third overall.
The Clipper Around the World Race was a highlight for me. It was a grueling 11,000 mile race that took me across the largest ocean on the planet during Winter, then down the coast of Central America to the Panama Canal, then up through the blue waters of the Caribbean to the Atlantic Ocean and on to my homeport of Liberty Landing Marina in the shadow of the Statue of Liberty.
It was a race yes, but also a journey that will be remembered for decades to come. In the words of Mark Twain (and recently legendary yachtsman, Sir Robin Knox-Johnston), “twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did.”