Un européen, américain, en france

Je vous présente mon ami, voisin de port,  rencontré à Avignon. Il a 76 ans et débute son tour du monde, solo, à 65 ans!  Wow. Voici un texte tiré de son blog.

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When the time came for my boyhood dream to come true at age 65, in 2002, I was broke. There were months that my landlady had to wait a couple weeks for my rent to be scraped up. “Fleetwood” escaped

the 2000 business and personal bankruptcy. In 1994 I was still worth over a million. But a new life started with my first social security check. I worked on getting “Fleetwood” ready. She had sat on her trailer for 10 years while I worked hard to try and turn my business back from a hard knock. I am writing this for the benefit of you who think that it needs a lot of savings to go to sea. Keep the boat small and the equipment simple. Choose your seasons and sailing routes carefully.

So far the s/h voyage has gone through the South Pacific, Philippines, Vietnam, Borneo (Malaysia), Indonesia, Christmas Island, the Seychelles, Madagascar, Mozambique, South Africa, St. Helena, Brazil, French Guyana, Surinam and Trinidad to the arrival on the Chesapeake Bay.

“Fleetwood” arrived on June 18, 2007 in Portsmouth, Va. after covering roughly 25,000 nautical miles and visiting 23 countries. This was only a temporary halt for me to visit family and friends on the West Coast and to spend time with no. 3 daughter, Jeannine and her family who live in Chesapeake, Va. I did a winter’s

voyage, in January 2008, down the Intra Coastal Waterway to the St. Johns River in Northern Florida to do a complete overhaul on “Fleetwood”. In August 2008 I explored the Chesapeake Bay. The winter of 2008-2009 was spent in the Northern Caribbean.

In August 2009 I reached the second goal of my circumnavigation, the first one was to re-visit my favorite Asian destination, Vietnam, next was my desire to sail back to my roots in Holland. “Fleetwood” spent the winter at the sailing club “de Schinkel” in Amsterdam, where I learned to sail in the fifties. The plan was for having my family and friends come visit me in Holland the summer of 2010. But their busy schedules allowed only Jeannine, daughter #3 and her daughter Gabrielle to spend two weeks with me.

“Fleetwood” was stored in Zimnicea, Romania on the Danube from November 2010 till July 2011. At this update, August 2011, I am in the Black Sea on my way to Istanbul. I will winter in Southern Turkey and then the Mediterranean the summer of 2012. Tentatively I will return to the Caribbean and South America in the fall/winter 2012.

“Fleetwood” has now racked up over 35,000 nautical miles and visited 43 countries.

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