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LETTERS exactly what I was doing. There were long passages: 44 days, 63 days, and 66 days when I was alone offshore. I felt so connected with what I was doing. I ate vegan and drank green tea. The solo circumnavigation was a nicely executed masterpiece, and all of my actions and ideas since pale in comparison. I have no idea of what to do next. This is a wall one comes up against. You are an artist; you should know." "Letter to an Artist" is an excerpt from a letter I sent to my sister, Sarah Knock, who is an artist from Freeport, Maine. My home is Brunswick, Maine. I departed from there in 2001 and have been cruising full-time since. For the last five years I have been sailing alone. My solo circumnavigation, 2015 to 2017, was westbound from Panama to Panama by way of the Torres Straits and South Africa. At this moment I am in the Rio Dulce, Guatemala, where Hanoah is getting a welldeserved paint job and refit. The Roger Wilson with a boatyard crew working on attached photo of 'Hanoah' in Rio Dulce, Guatemala. myself, Hanoah, and paint crew at RAM Marina was taken on October 1. Roger Wilson Hanoah, Amel Sharki 41 Brunswick, ME/Rio Dulce, Guatemala
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Roger — Always, a pleasure to hear from you. Readers, we first corresponded with Roger in January, when he defended and subsequently opened our eyes to the amazing feats of Kris Larsen, the captain of Kehaar, a small junk-rigged boat out of Darwin, Australia. Roger, you bring up a fascinating (but admittedly, a previously unconsidered) question. What do sailors do once they've stretched their legs, circled the globe, and fullfilled their dreams? As you said, after bluewater sailing, "…all of my actions and ideas since pale in comparison." We'd like to hear from any 'retired' sailors out there, or people who have completed a circumnavigation or otherwise lived their dreams. Was there a decompression that took place? Was there a "pale in comparison" period where nothing seemed to match the sense of satisfaction while on the water?
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• November, 2018
⇑⇓ NOT ALL WHO WANDER ARE LOST To be truly challenging, a voyage, like a life, must rest on a firm foundation of financial unrest. Otherwise you are dimmed to a routine traverse, the kind known to yachtsmen who play with their boats at sea; "Cruising" it is called. Voyaging belongs to the seamen, and to the wanderers of the world who cannot, or will not, fit in. If you are contemplating a voyage and you have the means, abandon the venture until your fortunes change. Only then will you know what the sea is all about. "I've always wanted to sail to the South Seas, but I can't afford it." What these men can't afford is not to go. They are enmeshed in the cancerous discipline of "security." And in the worship of security we fling our lives beneath the wheels
The November 2018 issue of the West's premier sailing and marine magazine.