Once upon a time there was a sailor who had no fingers, but he did have the audacity to sail across the Atlantic Ocean single-handed.  It was a fingers-optional voyage.  When he arrived at the other side, people didn't believe he did it.  In fact, they said it couldn't be done.  To sail a boat with two arms and legs, and ten fingers and toes is hard enough in the best of times.  But to them, sailing across an ocean with no fingers was more than improbable.  It was impossible.  After all, how could he pull on the halyards to raise the sails, and how could he pull on the sheets to trim the sails.  The naysayers and disbelievers were wrong once again, because sailing across oceans isn't about fingers.  It's about how you run your mind.  Where there's a will, there's a way, and a fingers optional voyage on the seven seas simply means you have to be a little more clever in the way you run your yacht.  More often than not, the improbable and impossible can't stand up in the face of a man who wants to make his dreams come true.


People are doing the improbable and seemingly impossible all the time, and the naysayers and disbelievers haven't gone away either.  While we were sailing transatlantic in December 2005, there were competitors in rowboats making the same voyage under paddle power.  You know, row, row, row your boat, gently across the Gulf Stream, merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily,  life is but a dream. The statement, "Where there is a will, there is a way," isn't just positive thinking drivel.  It's the truth for thousands of people who make their dreams come true.  A dedicated rower putting his all into it can beat sailors across a windless sea.  The improbable and the impossible strike again and again.


Don't forget about Tristan Jones, the man who sailed without legs.  He didn't start out that way.  When he was in his fifties, he had blocked blood vessels in one of his legs that resulted in an above the knee amputation.  Tristan was a life-long sailor in monohull sailboats, and he found it difficult to sail on the seven seas with only one leg because balance was a problem when the sailboat heeled over.  The solution to this dilemma was obvious.  Trade in his tipsy monohull sailboat for a stable sailing platform - a trimaran.  That's exactly what he did.  He purchased an old trimaran in California and proceeded to sail it around the world to Thailand.  He named his trimaran Outward Leg.


Most people would give up sailing if they were sixty years old and had only one leg, but not Tristan Jones.  He sailed the waters of Thailand for several years before disaster struck again.  He had a blood clot in his other leg, and it had to be amputated above the knee as well.  Now he was a sailor who didn't have a leg to stand on.


Undaunted, he sold his trimaran and purchased a flush deck catamaran.  He scooted around the deck of his yacht using a skateboard.  Getting on and off his floating home was a challenge.  He rigged a small crane using a whisker pole, and friends used this contraption to transport him on and off the boat in a cage of his own design.  He continued to sail the waters of Thailand until he died several years later.  Good on you Tristan.  You showed us that legs are optional if you really want to sail the seven seas.


When we started our transatlantic voyage, we met a yacht crewed by British ex-servicemen, and every member of the crew had lost a limb.  They had one normal leg, and one prosthesis to use for walking around on deck.  They were sailing in the British Limbless Ex-service Men's Association Atlantic Challenge 2005.  Their web site is www/blesma.org.  These former soldiers moved confidently on the deck of their large yacht as they sailed out of Palmas Harbor in the Canary Islands.  They would remain at sea for two to three weeks to complete the transatlantic challenge.


Fingers optional and legs optional sailing are good examples of what people can do when they follow their dreams.  It's nice to have fingers and legs, especially when you are sailing on a yacht around the world.  But, never forget it's not fingers and legs that make your dreams come true.  It's the way you run your mind.  When you follow your dreams and ignore the skeptics, the improbable and seemingly impossible frequently do happen.  So there you have it.  You must live as if your dreams are possible and work each day to make them happen.  Someday we may even see some of you out here sailing on the ocean of your dreams.

Log 1 Peter Pan Around the World
Log 2 Weapons of Mackerel Destruction
Log 3 Pirates of the Malacca Straits
Log 4 Kissing Cobras
Log 5 Debriosaurus Rex
Log 6 Go Ahead - Live Your Dreams

Log 7 The Man Who Built His House on a Rock
Log 8 Ambivalent Eagles
Log 9 One-Shovel Full at a Time
Log 10 Hitchhiker's Guide to Planet Earth

Log 11 Keeshond

Log 12 The Red Sea Blues

Log 13 Feel the Freedom

Log 14 The Danger Zone

Log 15 Lucky Man
Log 16 Dream Machines - Land Rover Defenders

Log 17 Trade Wind Dreams
Log 18 Logs With Fins
Log 19 Everywhere, Everything
Log 20 Shark Slayer Is History

Log 21 Viking Funeral - Burial at Sea
Log 22 Improbable and Impossible

Log 23 Keep on Trucking
Log 24 Dream Machines II
Log 25 Bodysurfing Whales
Log 26 Hitting the Wall
Log 27 Surviving the Savage Seas

Log 28 The Next Step
Log 29 Welcome to Barbados
Log 30 Atlantic Rally for Cruisers
Log 31 The Man with the Unplan
Log 32 Dali Dolphins
Log 33 Flying Like a Turtle
Log 34 The Foolish Man Built His House on a Pitch Lake
Log 35 Go West Young Man
Log 36 Crossing the Atlantic in a Row Boat
Log 37 The Unsinkable HMS Diamond Rock
Log 38 Catamaran Capsize in 170 mph Winds
Log 39 When Are You Coming Home?

Log 40 Master and Commander of Anegada - Frigate Birds
Log 41 Baths of Virgin Gorda - Batholiths of Central Arabia

Log 42 Free at Last
Log 43 Stalking the Wild Manatee

Log 44 Spreaderman
Log 45 Attack of the Flesh Eating Bees
Log 46 Sharks and Coconuts
Log 47 Stingray Picnic
Log 48 Boo Boo Hill
Log 49 Whale Slayers
Log 50 Noddies (Not Naughty)


Log 51 Exumas Land and Sea Park
Log 52 David and Goliath
Log 53 Turquoise Clouds of Paradise

Log 54 Momma Nightjar
Log 55 Maximillian The Great
Log 56 Chiton Kingdom
Log 57 Flying and Holding On
Log 58 Far Horizons
Log 59 Clouds Are a Sailor's Friend
Log 60 Getting Connected
Log 61 Fear
Log 62 Grand Schemes and Other Important Things
Log 63 If Jellyfish Had a Brain
Log 64 Cousins That Don't Kiss
Log 65 Swimming With Sharks
Log 66 Perfect the Way You Are
Log 67 Space Travelers
Log 68 Aliens
Log 69 Monsters of the Mind
Log 70 My Butterfly Collection
Log 71 Somewhere Other Than Here Societies
Log 72 Five-Hundred Pound Spiders
Log 73 Red Sea Sunsets
Log 74 Gibraltar Sunrise
Log 75 Big Sea - Small Ship
Log 76 Just Cruising
Log 77 Castle Mania
Log 78 You Must Know the Sea
Log 79 Flying Like a Goat
Log 80 The Joy of Photography
Log 81 Universal Camouflage
Log 82 My Rainbow Collection
Log 83 Indian Ocean Reward
Log 84 Fiber W
Log 85 Turkish Reflections
Log 86 Mirrors and Mirages
Log 87 Lycean Tombs Rock
Log 88 Rigging Emergency
Log 89 Pamukkale
Log 90 Volcano Land
Log 91 Sniffing the Air
Log 92 Why I Don't Kite Surf
Log 93 Resurrecting Exit Only in Turkey
Log 94 Greased Pole Competition
Log 95 Tsunami Damage
Log 96 Afraid of Living
Log 97 Living on the Edge
Log 98 Borneo Adventure
Log 99 Uligamu Tree Tender with Full Benefits
Log 100 God's Fireworks Display

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