Monday, April 21, 2008

365 Days At Sea...

Schooner Anne at the Narrows, bound for Sandy Hook, the Atlantic, and...

A whole lot more sailing.

Frankly, it's an odd milestone - a year is a long time to be sailing, but if you've been following the saga, what has to strike home is how much longer the next two are bound to be.

The other thing that continues to strike me is just how determined he is.

I would've put my money on them heading home for repairs after the freighter collision 6 days out - but the didn't.

Now he's singlehanding a 70-foot schooner whose sails seem to be in a perpetual race to see if they can fall apart faster than he can mend. He said something the other day about how boring it must all sound - the situation he's got now, "boring" isn't the adjective I would have picked - "grueling" would be more like it. One day he'll sound like he's on the verge of throwing in the towel - but the next, he's bounced back, found a way to jury-rig something that will work a little longer, staying alive & staying at sea a little longer. Tough tough life he's chosen for himself for the next 2 years - seems like he means to stick it out if he possibly can, though.

I guess people who sign up for this sort of thing don't think it's going to be a walk in the park.

Love him or loathe him, you can't say he's not giving this a serious effort, even in the face of considerable adversity.

You can follow the trip at the 1000 Days at Sea site.

Adam Nichols at the Daily News has continued to follow the story (good, bad & ugly). The Wikipedia article on Reid also gives a pretty good nutshell version of the story.

Good, bad, OR ugly - I still wish him (and Soanya, now readapting to city life) luck.

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