The sailing communities in St. Maarten and abroad are mourning the loss of well-known American sailor, photo journalist, and adventurer Mike Harker, who reportedly died from a stroke April 1 while on his yacht anchored in Marigot Bay.
Harker, 64, rose to prominence as a pioneer hang-glider pilot following an early career as a gifted athlete, particularly as a champion water skier. But a near fatal hang-glider fall in April 1977 left him paralyzed from the waist down.
He defied the odds and, in 2007 after years of recovery, regained partial use of his legs and went on to become a long-distance sailor cruising around the world for a year on his Hunter 49 Sloop Wanderlust 3.
Soundings published a profile on Harker in the October 2008 issue.