We had an outstanding event this past Saturday, November 23rd. Eighteen of us enjoyed a great breakfast served in the formal dining room of the Huron Yacht Club and listened spellbound to Tom Corogin's Ocean Adventures. Tom surprised the group by passing out binders to keep with 9 sections detailing out his different ocean crossing trips from his logs/journals. What a great gift from Tom to all of us!
For those of you who don't know about Tom's recent adventure, I will provide a quick recap. It covered a period from October 11, 2011 to January 2012. At the age of 84, Tom, a Port Clinton Ohio resident, attempted to solo sail from San Diego and around the tip of South America which is one of sailings most difficult feats. His boat measured 32 feet at the water line. He had sailed solo 5,000 miles when disaster struck.
Tom was caught in a severe storm 4 days out of Easter Island which damaged his communications and his mast supports which would no longer support his sails. Tom was fortunate to have been rescued by the Japanese Merchant ship White Kingdom which happened to be just 350 miles away when his sail boat was damaged. This is an extremely remote area of the South Pacific. The Japanese ship only makes this trip twice a year and just happened to be in route during Tom's moment of need. Chile's navy helped airlift Tom to the mainland of Chile. This was Tom's 7th attempt to sail around South America. Some of the prior attempts were halted due to mechanical failures and injuries such as a broken leg and busted knee. Tom would have been the oldest person to sail around Cape Horn.
Photos are of Tom addressing the group and Tom doing an amazing demo of how to tie a bowline with one hand (in a couple of seconds).
I would like to think that Tom and I have a lot in common. Tom is an Ocean Adventurer and I am the owner of a Grady White Adventure. I am thinking about publishing my Lake Erie fishing logs/journals just like Tom.