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New England sailor honored for Slocum-like circumnavigation

JULY 2 - Brec Morgan, the New England sailor who completed four-year-plus solo circumnavigation of the world in 2003, was awarded the Joshua Slocum Society International’s Golden Circle Award June 25.

At the celebration, held at the Bristol (R.I.) Yacht Club, society commodore Ted Jones said Morgan’s journey “exemplifies the virtues of courage, endurance, self-sufficiency and self-reliance under extreme conditions … in the tradition of Capt. Joshua Slocum and others who have followed in Slocum’s wake.”

Morgan, 58, of Milford, Conn., set off from Block Island (R.I.) Nov. 12, 1998, aboard his 27-foot Pacific Seacraft Orion, Otter. He sailed across four oceans, through busy canals and some of the world’s most treacherous waters, including the Red Sea in the Middle East and the pirate-plagued waters of Southeast Asia.

Covering some 30,000 miles in all, Morgan returned to Block Island on May 17, 2003 — a year and a half later than he expected to be back.

The Golden Circle Award is presented to voyagers who have sailed single-handed around the world, essentially in the same manner as the society’s namesake, Joshua Slocum. A 19th-century sailor, Slocum is acknowledged as the first person to sail solo around the world.

For a more detailed story about Morgan, his award and his journey around the world, see the September issue of Soundings.

Jason Fell