IN LATITUDES ing the 2004 Sydney to Hobart Race on Whitworth's 33-ft Berimilla, the self-described "smelly old farts" took off around the world — but with a twist. Their goal was to reach England by way of Cape Horn in time for the classic Fastnet Race, and then hurry back to Sydney in time to compete in the 2005 Sydney to Hobart Race. Sixty must be the new 30, because darned if they didn't pull it off, arriving in Sydney just a few days before the Hobart Race. The duo's year-long voyage was filled with adventure, of course. They were knocked down off New Zealand and again off Africa, and Crozier was nearly lost after going overboard while reefing the main. Despite being on such a small boat, they didn't see each other much. "We had three hours on, three hours off, and the only time the two of us were up was during sail changes. But we did get together every evening for a gin & tonic, a hot meal, and to argue about trivia." Oddly enough, the two became poster boys of the American Association of Retired People after a short mention in the organization's newsletter. Whitworth's next adventure is to compete
Think there are no more fish in the sea? Check out the mahi the folks on 'Cheval' caught while crossing the Pacific.
in the London Marathon in April. Good on ya, guys! "It's hard to believe that we did the Ha-Ha in '03 and have continued on to Brisbane, Australia," write Henry and
Glenys Mellegers of the San Franciscobased Cal 46 Dreamcatcher. Actually, after reading their biographies on their website, it doesn't come as any surprise to us. Originally from Holland, Henry moved to California at age 12, did some sailing, got into the tech industry, travelled extensively around the world, and in '01 bought Dreamcatcher. A short time later, he met up with Glenys, who was born in Australia, but worked in the tech industry in California, and has extensive sailing experience all over the world. The two hit it off and have been going strong ever since. Here's what they have to say: "Our journey began with joyful weekends of sailing in San Francisco Bay, followed by the many months of blood, sweat and tears it takes to ready a daysailer for a world cruise. The load was lightened by the dozens of friends and family who turned up every weekend to work along with us. With the cruising season in full swing, we'd love to hear from all of you — and get high-res photos, too. Send your good stuff to firstname.lastname@example.org, and we'll try to get you in the magazine.
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The April 2006 issue of the West's premier sailing and marine magazine.