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The NorSea 27 vs. the Flicka
I know most of you are aware of Heather and her father Gene, and Heather's recent aborted circumnavigation attempt in s/v Flight of Years, her Flicka.
I was recently reading a back issue of Blue Water Sailing... from May of 2007. In it, I found a letter to the editor that read:
Don't forget the Nor'Sea 27
How can you do a squib on Great Small Cruisers (BWS March 2007) and leave out the safest, strongest, sweetest and most seaworthy one of all times, the Nor'sea 27.
Which of those others has done five flawless circumnavigations, including one around Cape Horn, plus 150 Atlantic and Pacific crossings?
If my daughter Heather didn't love her subscription to Blue Water Sailng so much, she would probably cancel you out for this affront—then I wouldn't be able to enjoy your magazine free of charge each month.
Heather, forever 39, divorced and with a son in the Naval Academy and a daughter graduating from college with a double Russian major, has sold her real estate business and her home, cars and all worldly goods are up on the block. She has ordered a new Nor'sea 27, and as soon as it is finished she is going to embark from Steinhatchee, Fla., on the Gulf Coast, for a protracted solo circumnavigation.
And with 50 years of ocean sailing experience in small boats, I wouldn't let her leave the dock in any other boat.
Dr. Gene Neill
I found the letter a bit humorous, given everything that's happened since in the last 10 months. I guess the Flicka wasn't considered a seaworthy boat in Gene's opinion...
and maybe that's the problem.
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