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Friday, September 30, 2005

Déjà vu

The next few weeks will see the beginning of two historic ocean voyages. Both Sir Francis Chichester’s Gypsy Moth IV, and a recreation of Thor Heyerdahl’s Kon-Tiki are set to sail in recreations of their original epic journeys.

Such obviously different vessels, they still share a common heritage. Both were captained by strong figures bent on making a statement about man and his relationship with the sea, and both, in accomplishing their voyages became legends in their own times. I can still picture the full color illustrated edition of “Kon-Tiki for Young People’ that sat on my childhood bookshelf right next to “Little Women.”

This time around the Gypsy Moth IV is sailing with alternating teams of young sailors, and the Kon-Tiki sails with a crew that includes Olav Heyerdahl, Thor Heyerdahl’s grandson.

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