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You might remember the saga of US mini sailor Jeff McFarlane. Here is an update…

Over the last few weeks I have basically been in and out of the doctor’s office and exchanging many emails to try and find a new replacement boat. The insurance has still not given us an answer about fixing the boat… For my hand the drs wanted to go in surgically to re break the hand and put pins and a plate in, the Spanish hospital did not set it correctly. Surgery would have meant eight weeks recovery. Instead of doing the surgery now, the dr re broke my hand with out surgery and tried to set it properly, it is not perfect and I will loose some range of motion but I will be able to sail much sooner! After the transat I will have the surgery.

After a lot of searching and consideration I have found a very fast boat to replace 716. I have not seen or signed the contract yet but it is almost certain I will take the boat. It is a Sam Manuard design which the designer tells me will be very fast in all conditions, pictured here.

Monday night I fly back to Lorient to look at the boat. Then start training as much as I can to figure out how to make the boat go fast and pursue my goal of winning the transat! Unfortunately, since I am getting a different boat the mini class rules dictate that I have to re do all of the qualification miles. 1000nm in classe mini races and 1000nm qualification course, this time I will do the course from Lorient up to Ireland and back. Fortunatley there are just enough races left for me to qualify. The first race is the Trophee MAP race on June 13, then the Mini Fastnet June 18, followed buy the Transgascogone the end of July.

Money is still tight but I want to thank SA for their support and all of the support from the SA community. I am still in search of that elusive title sponsor…

Title inspiration thanks to Black Flag.


May 23rd, 2013

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