The Real Reason to Use a Harness and Tether

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Our friend Wilson Fitt is one of the sharper knives in the drawer and also one of the better seamen I know. He has made some admirable voyages, including a single-handed passage from Newfoundland to Scotland and a double-handed passage back to Halifax against the prevailing winds in April. (Wilson may be smart but he seems to have a strange and very rare disability that prevents him from reading calendars and pilot charts.)

Be that as it may, Wilson made these very tough passages, on the plank-on-frame sailboat that he built himself, look easy, with almost no gear failures and absolutely no drama.

In short, Wilson is worth listening to. Over dinner some time ago, while we were discussing this Online Book, he said something that really made me think.

John was born and brought up in Bermuda and started sailing as a child, racing locally and offshore before turning to cruising. He has sailed over 100,000 miles, most of it on his McCurdy & Rhodes 56, Morgan's Cloud, including eight ocean races to Bermuda, culminating in winning his class twice in the Newport Bermuda Race. He has skippered a series of voyages in the North Atlantic, the majority of which have been to the high latitudes. John has been helping others go voyaging by sharing his experience for 25 years, first in yachting magazines and, for the last 20 years, as co-editor/publisher of AAC.

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