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Coyote Lost at Sea

Remembering a sailor-adventurer

Many of us feel a connection to the underdog, and solo sailor Mike Plant earned that connection during a career racing around the globe against some of the world’s top bluewater sailors. “Coyote Lost at Sea” (International Marine, $16.41, Amazon) written by Plant’s sister, Julia Plant, is the first comprehensive chronology of the charismatic latecomer who shook up a sport dominated by Europeans.

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Viewed through the author’s eyes, her older brother transitions to a successful adventure sailor who circled the world alone three times before meeting his end in the Atlantic on his way to the start of the Vendee Globe race in 1992 at the age of 41. Plant’s Open 60, Coyote, was found with its keel bulb missing; his body was never recovered. Plant logged 100,000 nautical miles in an intense five-year span and left a legacy that people in the bluewater racing community still talk about.

October 2013 issue