US Sailor of the Month – Kris Scheppe:
Blind sailor, Kris Scheppe (Naples, Fla.), has overcome his sight limitations in a myriad of ways through his adventurous goals and achievements, and now he wants to share that excitement and passion with others.
Scheppe was diagnosed with Retinitis Pigmentosa (RP), a genetic eye disease, at a young age. Over time, he lost his peripheral vision and is legally blind in most cases.
Scheppe, 37, has been sailing since he was 11. He started sailing with his parents aboard a San Juan 21 on Lake Nor…
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Mini Transat: Forty Years of Refinement:
In 1976, the world of offshore racing was in turmoil. The OSTAR, the famous singlehanded transatlantic race between Plymouth (UK) and Newport (USA), had come very close to being won by Alain Colas on a giant 236-foot four-masted monohull that was equipped with a wealth of power-assisted devices.
In response, the British decided to limit the maximum size of the boats to 60-feet. To counter this move, certain French sailors in 1978 launched the Route du Rhum, a transatlantic solo race from France to Guadeloupe, which continued to invite boats of unlimited sizes.
In light of this squabbling, the Mini Transat was devised by British sailor Bob Salmon to ensure sailors once again …
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