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Rock Star Recalls Scary Sailing Voyage

07/24/2002

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PONTIAC, Mich. -- Rock star Bob Seger said this year''s Race to Mackinac was scary because of severe storms that forced at least 18 boats to drop out of the 333-mile contest from Chicago to Mackinac Island.


Seger and the crew of his 52-foot sailboat, Lightning, finished the race, but winds up to 70 mph and torrential rain split one of the boat''s sails and tipped it hard to one side.


"It was like a blow dryer blowing Lake Michigan," Seger told The Oakland Press for a story Tuesday.


"The cold water was hitting the lake and steam was rising, and the water was moving almost laterally in the wind," the 57-year-old singer said from his cabin in Good Hart. "We were OK, but it was scary. I was saying, ''Do I want to do this anymore?"''


Lightning also lost steering at one point, but finished in 33 hours, 39 minutes and 34 seconds.


Last week, Seger skippered the boat to a victory in its division in the 78th annual Port Huron-to-Mackinac Island Sailboat Race.


In the Race to Mackinac, Roy Disney''s 75-foot Pyewacket missed the storms and earned first-to-finish honors in 23 hours, 30 minutes and 24 seconds.


Nearly all the 296 boats that began the race Saturday had finished by Monday evening, the sponsoring Chicago Yacht Club said.
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The late the great and always charismatic Paul Newman ........,
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Shel Silverstien, met him in Key west before he died, his sailboat sunk in S.F. and he alway's regretted not getting back into it...... Geraldo Rivara saild around the world or something.
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My very own old '66 Columbia 40 (and as the galley post bronze commissioning plaque attests) was first owned by a fellow by the name of Albert Pratt who was an Asst. Sec of the Navy and a former head Honcho of Wall Street according to the NY Times obit which is still online...

I will also add that soon-to-be Rock and roll Hall-of-Famers drummer Neil Peart and Geddy Lee of RUSH owned "Orianda", originally named "Ragna IV ", a 1937 design by Oscar W Dahlstrom, a well known Danish designer.
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I thinlk some one posted a picure of Albert Einstien, I read he liked to sail real fast towards other boats and then as he put it "Turn real fast" ( come about) at the last second.
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