It began as a simple enough idea–to solo circumnavigate the Americas and Antarctica in one season. A boat, a sailor, a big sea, some ice and a double loop of the globe in roughly the shape of an eight.
But as time went on and as the idea developed, it required the help of more and more people until, in the end, this ostensibly singular endeavor took an entire village to pull it off.
Though I am eager to express my gratitude to everyone involved, it is with some trepidation that I sat down today to publish a list. It’s a long list; it looks complete, but I fear it has left out someone, maybe you. If so, please forgive me.
One issue has been where to start, as there are so many people to recognize.
So I’ll start here…
First off, thank you to all those who followed the Figure 8 and enjoyed experiencing the adventure as it happened. By now it is probably clear that I am someone for whom telling the story is half the fun of having it, and it was doubly fun for me to see that the unfolding tale struck a chord with so many. I especially appreciated the comments you sent in throughout the Figure 8, which Joanna often sent to me in email form while I was at sea.
Secondly, my deepest thanks to all those who participated in the Figure 8’s two GoFundMe campaigns. These contributions bought the high-tech communications equipment for the first Figure 8 attempt and then bought it again when the Indian Ocean knockdown sent the first satellite computer to an early grave.
A list of contributors is below…
A number of companies participated in the Figure 8 Voyage, and some even participated in both attempts. I am grateful to all of them.
I’d like to call out my special appreciation to the following.
Thank you to the Ocean Cruising Club for the extension of aid during my emergency stops and specifically to the many port captains: Roxanna Diaz, Captain John Solomon, John Van S, Ted Laurentius, and Rick Whiting. Thank you to Tony Gooch for introducing me to this great cruising resource and to Daria Blackwell for several articles and participation in the PR campaign.
The Figure 8 had a number of mentors without whom the project may not have succeeded.
Thank you to those I met along the route of Mo’s 2016 Pacific Shakedown Cruise.
Port Townsend, Washington
Thank you to those who came to Mo’s aid during the first Figure 8 attempt.
Thank you to those Mo and I met along the route of the Figure 8 second attempt.
Halifax, Nova Scotia
St John’s, Newfoundland
A great number of people were hands-on both before and during the voyage.
Family and Friends
For correspondence, often daily, while I was at sea
For Early Exposure
The Figure 8 Land Ops Team
For Mo’s Arrival Logistics
Thank you to Moli, my 45ft Dubbel and Jesse aluminum expedition sloop, for making the miles and for, month-in-month-out, standing up to the best of sea and ice. I cannot imagine a more fitting yacht for the task of venturing poleward.
And most of all to my enabler, my lovely wife, Joanna Bloor, without whom this project of sailing solo around the American and Antarctic continents in one season would have never gotten past the idea phase.
Mom says Very Luvverly!!
Beautiful Randall, what a journey and crew, wow.
Congratulations Randall. I thoroughly enjoyed following your voyage and you have inspired me and I’m sure many others to cast off the dock lines and pursue our own adventures…
Loved adventuring with you, cousin. Thank you for sharing your journies with us. It’s good to have you home.
Congratulations Randall, what an adventure. I’ve enjoyed following from the beginning, so, what’s next?
Thank you!!! I’m going through serious withdrawal from your updates. : )
Congratulations Randall!!! I am simply amazed at your courage, ability, metal fortitude and commitment. What an amazing story and accomplishment. Big hug to you and Joanna I am sure she is thrilled to have you home xx
Mon Cher Ami Randall,
Congratulations to you and Moli for the wonderful feat you have just achieved !!
What a great adventure, alone on the oceans, you impress me with your calm, your tenacity and your wisdom.
Bravo l’Ami !!
I was very happy to have met you with Vincent and Jean during our Northwest Passage.
Thank you also for towing Alioth to port : Cambridge Bay.
I hope to see you someday on the water or on the ground, somewhere in the world …
See you soon et bon vent …
Olivier – from Alioth – Brussels – Belgium