Eight Bells: George Coumantaros:
George S. Coumantaros, internationally-renowned businessman and veteran ocean racer, passed away peacefully in Athens, Greece on October 17, 2016 overlooking his beloved Mediterranean sea. He was 94 years of age.
George was born on July 23, 1922 in London and spent his early years in Greece. In 1940, with his parents, Flora and John, he and his sister moved from Greece to Argentina, where they lived until 1947.
In Buenos Aires, he worked for a major grain trading company and simultaneously expanded his knowledge of shipping and flour milling which had been the family businesses for many years. In 1947, on joining his family in New York City, he established Southern Star Ship…
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Conquering a Formidable Foe:
The eighth Vendée Globe, which begins November 6 from Les Sables d’Olonn, France, is the only non-stop solo round the world race without assistance. For the 29 skippers and their IMOCA 60s, to complete the race they must conquer a formidable foe – Mother Nature…
This round the world voyage is above all a voyage through various weather systems involving sailing down the Atlantic, crossing the Indian and Pacific, before climbing back up the Atlantic. Starting from Les Sables d’Olonne in the middle of the autumn, the journey continues in the Southern Ocean in mid-Summer, before they get back to Vendée in the winter.
The distance of 21,638 naut…
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