I’m glad we avoided a total fucking disaster. A long and complicated voyage with an effective stranger on a small sailboat for almost 3 weeks has iffy odds. Especially a boat as cramped, scrappy and minimally outfitted as your Camelot. Glad we always had enough booze. I only wanted to murder you a few times, so that might be some kind of all time record. All those instances were quickly forgotten as soon as the wit and dark humor came out. Man, we have a lifetime of inside jokes now. It all made for a very memorable and special adventure. As you unfurled the jib on our last leg from Dover Island to Sunnybrook, I was at the helm and unexpectedly overcome with emotion. My eyes welled up behind my sunglasses because I knew it was the last time. As soon as the sail was fully out, we were caught by the wind and Camelot started ripping. She keeled over, and I went into the zone. I know you noticed, but we didn’t speak for probably hours. She basically sailed herself with only a loose hand on the wheel. I sat there contemplating the weeks of living in accordance with the sun and moon, the sea and the wind, and of abiding by the rhythm of the natural Earth.
You’re a god damn icon. You embody the aspects of the adventurer I’ve always wanted to be. Lifelong devotion, hardened resolve, appropriate action, deliberate simplicity, careful preparation, exacting safety, unwavering humility. Not without faults and flaws, yet willing to own the hell out of them too. A father, a husband, a journalist, an international mountain guide, a sailor, and a mentor — all at the highest standards. I know the lessons about how to use your phone, use social media, the modernization of our industry, or the spare hands on deck, and especially my irreverent humor were valuable along the journey; but in no reality do they equate to the sailing and life lessons from you. I’m glad the @thenorthface has supported you and your adventures for 22 years, and given opportunity to myself and others to have these indelible experiences. Until the next time, take good care. Genuine appreciation, admiration and respect to you dude.