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What has circumcision got to do with boats and seawater??? Maybe sea water would hurt too much to wash up afterwards?? Even if I build a boat no circumcision for me!!!! Nowif I ever get the right boat a circumnavigation would be possible.
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The French doctor was Alain Bombard and he did the crossing in a 15 ft inflatable in the 1950s. He is the founder of Zodiac.
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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:

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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.

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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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Dawg...that is a hoot. Good dig! Personal opinion is that Heather is just fine as a person...but Gene is not someone I'd want to crew with... to put it charitably!

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I thought it was rather funny, in light of Heather having a Flicka... and how emphatic Gene's letter was about the qualities of the Nor'Sea 27. I wonder if that 50 years includes the stint he did in Hotel Greybar. Last I checked, they don't have a marina there.

I don't blame Heather for putting off her circumnavigation, especially since it seems that it was more her father's dream than hers...

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May 2007 was during the time frame she was actually preparing the flicka isn't it?
Is there just a LITTLE bit of dishonesty here or what?
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Well, s/v Flight of Years was bought in late April, so yes, she was working on the boat in May 2007... but given the lead times of magazines, I am guessing the letter was written in March 2007 at the latest, since they generally have about four-to-six week lead time on magazines.

I don't think any intentional dishonesty is involved, since Gene and Heather were in negotiations to buy a new Nor'Sea 27 as I recall it, but got taken to the cleaners in some way in the process.

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He sure likes the word flawless alot

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LOL... Gene seems to have very strong opinions himself, but seems to dislike anyone disagreeing with him.
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