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Singlehanded Sailing Done Right

Maud Fontenoy, a 29-year old native of France, was about 2000 miles from completing her non-stop westabout solo circumnavigation her boat L'oreal Paris was dismasted.

Fontenoy spent the next several hours cutting away the mast and then conferred with her support team about what to do next. They assumed she would abandon ship, and a German freighter changed course to offer assistance.

Instead, she decided to construct a jury-rig from her boat's 220-lb boom and continue on, in hopes of finishing her voyage. She was quoted saying, "I don't want to abandon. I now have a healthy boat in which I feel safe."

She was able to complete her voyage under jury rig. Now that's a sailor.

Giulietta, say what you want about the French, but you gotta admire her guts and determination...
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You know what the first rule of sailing is? ...Love. You can learn all the math in the 'verse, but you take
a boat to the sea you don't love, she'll shake you off just as sure as the turning of the worlds. Love keeps
her going when she oughta fall down, tells you she's hurting 'fore she keens. Makes her a home.

—Cpt. Mal Reynolds, Serenity (edited)

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