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BREE'S BLOG: In The Wake of the Fitzgerald

Dead Man Aboard

I wrote to Cruising World's Herb McCormick to express my interest in his latest column, Dead Reckoning, in the May 2016 issue. I had tracked the incredible voyage of the 40-foot sailboat Sayo and its commander, dead below for seven years. His mummified body is seated at his radio station, his arm reaching out as if to call for support. I looked up the video of the boarding crew and saw that the hatch had been open during at least part of the Sayo's Twilight Zone voyage. The mummified body was duly photographed and went on the Internet. So did videos of the battered boat. What is remarkable here to me is that an ordinary sailboat sailed on without human help for seven years on the Pacific Ocean. Wow.
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