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Gentleman sailor, master navigator

Michael Richey, who died at 92, completed his 13th Atlantic crossing in a 25-foot folkboat at age 80

Richey was in his element aboard his beloved Jester, whether the original or the replica.Michael Richey, the intrepid solo sailor and master navigator who crossed the Atlantic alone 13 times in his 25-foot folkboat Jester - the last time at age 80 - died Dec. 22 at his home in Brighton, England, of a heart attack. He was 92.



Jester Challenge a tribute to self-reliance

Fifty years after the first OSTAR single-handed trans-Atlantic race, the third Jester Challenge for single-handed sailboats 20 to 30 feet gets under way May 23 from Plymouth, England, to Newport, R.I. As of early January, 93 solo sailors had registered.

"The Jester Challenge - a continuing experiment in old-fashioned self-reliance, self-sufficiency and personal responsibility - encourages oceanic passages in small boats sailed by independent yachtsmen exercising their individual freedoms at sea," organizer Ewen Southby-Tailyour writes about the challenge.



100,000 expected for Miami show

It's a new year, a new decade and, hopefully, a new economic beginning after the long recession, so expect some new features at the Miami International Boat Show, which runs Feb. 11-15.

Strictly Sail, the all-sailboat show, is making a temporary move up the street from Bayside Marketplace to Sea Isle Marina at the Miami Marriott Biscayne Bay. The change comes because of less demand for exhibitor space, but Bayside isn't out of the picture. Some spillover from Big Boat Row, a display of big sailing monohulls and catamarans, will be at Bayside. Water taxis will shuttle visitors between the two venues.




A record-breaker's final chapter

Ady Gil, the former Earthrace, sank two days after colliding with a whaling ship.Earthrace, the biodiesel-powered multihull that in 2008 broke the record for the fastest powerboat circumnavigation, is now at the bottom of Antarctic waters.



Talkin’ Boats

With Shepard McKenney founder and CEO of Seakeeper.
Shep McKenney started Seakeeper because he had a vision for a technology that would correct unwanted boat motion. Shepard McKenney is founder and chief executive officer of Seakeeper Inc., a Solomons, Md., company that sells gyroscopic anti-roll stabilizers for boats. As a former chairman and owner of The Hinckley Company, McKenney, 68, was responsible for the development of the venerable Maine builder’s Picnic Boat, one of the first small recreational boats to use waterjet propulsion and joystick steering.



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