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banner under skipper Chris Nicholson. More details and info are at Mea Culpa — In our recap of the Islands Race in last month's issue, we made the mother of all errors when we gave Bay Area sailor and Wasabi crewmember Garett Greenhalgh a completely new surname. Sorry Garett, and thanks, we have enough of your business cards. . . Leukemia Cup — The Leukemia Cup's Robin Reynolds gave us a heads-up that the winningest America's Cup skipper of all time, Russell Coutts, will be the featured speaker at this year's event at San Francisco YC October 2-3. Off the Water — VendÊe Globe veteran Rich Wilson visited the Corinthian YC on April 8. The 59-year-old resident of Marblehead put on a well-paced multimedia presentation that visibly moved not only himself — he became choked up when relating tales of the support he received from the rest of the fleet and the French public — but also the enrapt 70-person audience, which honored him with a standing ovation. Hit-



Rich Wilson ably told his VendĂŠe Globe tale.

ting topics like his educational program sitesALIVE!, a rib-breaking, cross-cabin fall on Day 2 of his 121-day tour around the world, and the support of both the French public and his fellow sailors, Wil-

son's engaging, humorous talk painted a vivid picture of what it was like to prepare for the VendÊe Globe. What was perhaps most interesting after hearing about the trials and tribulations of a trip that saw him finish ninth out of the 11 boats that finished the 30boat race, was the fact that he said he'd do it again! There were contingencies though, namely that the effort would be worthwhile only if it could support athsma awareness — he's a severe athsmatic who has to take multiple medications daily just to survive and twice ran the Boston marathon in spite of it — as well as encourage seniors to lead active lives and further his educational programs. To that end, he said it would take the support of a pharmaceutical company and/or an organization like the AARP. He pointed out that a campaign like the one he envisions — spanning three years and with a newer boat than his '08-'09 ride Great American III III, but not a brand new boat — on a shoestring, would cost about what a utility infielder gets in annual pay. If you get the chance to see

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Rigging has its rewards! Here I am with my dear friend Albert. He loves all kinds of boats, has owned quite a few, and we’ve worked on the rigs of all of them. The list includes a sweet little Albin Vega, a gaff-rigged Pinky schooner, a classic double-ended cutter, a fairly tweaky, 42’ French-built multi-spreader aluminum ocean cruiser, and – maybe finally – his current boat, a new 34’ fractional rig racer/cruiser. I mention Albert because (if you add large square-riggers) his boats just about describe the arc of our expertise. So no matter what kind of boat you have, give us a call when you are in need of some proper rigging. Any kind of rigging. Fair leads, Brion Toss

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Latitude 38 May 2010  

The May 2010 issue of the West's premier sailing and marine magazine.

Latitude 38 May 2010  

The May 2010 issue of the West's premier sailing and marine magazine.