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A final win for a sailor’s sailor

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A final win for a sailor’s sailor

Anarchists "Stickboy" alerted us to this piece from the St. Petersburg Times. If we could all go doing what we love…..This is quite a story.


The crew of the Enigma gather after winning the 41st Regatta del Sol on April 26
The crew of the Enigma gather after winning
The
41st Regatta del Sol on April 26

With the sea heaving 10-foot swells, the crew of the 72-foot Enigma was looking at a much bigger problem.

In the middle of a grueling 456-mile sailboat race from St. Petersburg to Isla Mujeres, Mexico, a metal sleeve that holds the mast to the deck began sliding up.

Losing the mast would be catastrophic.

Robert Parker, the 70-year-old skipper who vowed to regain the legendary Regatta del Sol trophy he had won two years ago, put on his safety harness, climbed up on deck and began banging on the sleeve with a hammer.

Suddenly, the hammer fell silent.  Read On