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Old & Great

Old and Great!

Another really cool thing about sailing is that you can enjoy it when your five the same way you enjoy it when your 85 and there’s many a sailor out there who have done just that. So, in honor of Father’s Day we have comprised our Old Guys Rule list of some amazing older sailors that won’t let the burden of age squash their sailing pursuits.

Robin Knox Johnston

Robin Knox Johnston, 78

In 1969, Johnston officially became the first person to circumnavigate the world non-stop and single-handed. He was 30 when he made that historic voyage and never stopped sailing on the highest level in the most challenging events. In 2007 a now 68-year old Johnston got behind the helm for another round the world solo race, the Velux 5 Oceans, and finished fourth. He was the oldest competitor in the race. In 2014, at 75, he finished third in class in the Route du Rhum, a solo transatlantic race. His Open 60 was called “Grey Power…” Nothing more need be said.

Don Street

Don Street, 86

Legendary cruising sailor Don Street has looked old ever since he was young. He’s one of those guys who is made to be old – it suits him. Street represents what a crusty grizzled sailor is, but he every wrinkle has been earned. The venerable sailor has written no less than six popular cruising guides and four well regarded sailing books born from his 53-year old love affair with his 45-foot engineless cutter, Iolaire. Street’s surveys of the Caribbean are still used in electronic charts today and many believe he is at least partially responsible for bareboat chartering as we know it. Although there he hasn’t been publicly active in a couple of years we’re pretty sure that Don Street is probably tinkering with something on a sailboat as this is being read.

Webb Chiles

Webb Chiles, 75

Webb Chiles is a cruising sailor and author who see his sailing as an art form. The constant cruiser has written seven books detailing his adventures at sea but also the journey of his internal psychological voyage that has always been hand in glove with his sailing pursuits. Chiles’ daring and honest perspective has influenced so many sailors and he continues to sail and share to this day. Sailing World said of Chiles: “Webb Chiles is an American original, a sailor, poet, and explorer who has circumnavigated the globe five times (once in an 18-foot Drascombe Lugger called _Chidiock Tickbourne_). In 1975 he became the first American to solo around Cape Horn.” Webb plans to complete his 6th circumnavigation next year once he sails through the Panama Canal and up to San Diego.

Richard Wilson

Rich Wilson, 66

Rich Wilson is one the young bucks on this list but he is the oldest to complete the ridiculously arduous course of the Vendee Globe, a race that circles the globe via the Southern Ocean. “I am not ready for the pipe and slippers,” Wilson said when he was asked about his age. “Age is just a number.” At the age of 58, he was the oldest competitor in the 2008-2009 Vendée Globe and was the oldest competitor in the race this past year. He has been a champion of sailing as an educational tool for young people and has used his voyages to educate kids about the myriad of subjects such endeavor touches upon.

Jean-Luc van den Heede

Jean-Luc van den Heede, 74

Frenchman Jean-Luc van den Heede has finished 2nd in the 1986 BOC Challenge Around Alone Race, 3rd in the 1990 Vendee Globe Race, 2nd in the 1993 Vendee Globe, 3rd in the 1995 BOC Challenge Around Alone Race and at the age of 74 is about to embark in a truly unique solo race around the world called the Golden Globe Race. This race is based upon the Sunday Times Race, the first non-stop unassisted race around the world that Robin Knox Johnston won in 1968. Entrants in the upcoming 2018 version are limited to sailing similar yachts and equipment to what was available to Sir Robin in that first race. This race will be a true challenge for any of the entrants, but the idea that Heede is doing this at 75 is amazing.

July Photo of the Month: Sailing Dads

Father’s Day has come and gone, and this month in honor of those brave patriarchs who plough the seas, our photo contest on Facebook and Twitter had the theme “Sailing Dads.” We got at least three generations’ worth of entries: ranging from tattered old black and white shots from the 1940s to present day father/daughter sailing tandems.


As a matter of fact, it was one of those Father/Daughter combos that took home our top prize, publication in ASA’s Sailing With Style e-newsletter. Submitter Dennis McLeroy gave this description: “Megan and I, out of Ventura, CA.” Congratulations to you both!
july winner


Another favorite of our voting fans on Facebook was this classic, historic shot provided by Dana Ash. She says, “I’ve always liked this picture of my dad sailing a cat boat on the lagoon where I grew up (c. 1946).”
july runner up


I’m choosing to recognize the following photo by Meghan Conroy because of the heartfelt story that accompanied it. “My dad fulfilled his lifelong dream of buying a sailboat about eight years ago and our Cape Dory, Changing Channels, has been his pride and joy ever since. It is his goal to sail Changing Channels to Charleston when we move there in three years. Thanks for everything, dad! I know you can do it!”

Meghan, be sure to let us know when your Dad makes that sail down to Charleston!
editors choice

Thanks to all of our participants and voters! Stay tuned to ASA social media for fun contest, giveaways, sweepstakes, and more in the future.

Things To Do On Father’s Day Weekend

Dive into summer sailing!

This Sunday, June 19th, is Father’s Day, and with the official first day of summer impending on June 21, the time is right to get out and sail. So what should you do this Father’s Day weekend? Well, that’s ultimately up to you (or the Dad in your life), but here are some ideas!

  • Participate in our “Sailing Dads” photo contest. Dad deserves his fifteen minutes of fame, so share your best picture of him braving the high seas on our Facebook wall. If you take Dad out sailing this weekend, be sure to snap some pictures and share them with us. The entries will be voted on by fans of ASA and the winner gets featured in our ‘Sailing with Style’ e-magazine.
  • Take part in Summer Sailstice. This is a global celebration of sailing and the sailing lifestyle. Check out their website where you can see what other sailors in your area are up to, or investigate the sailing plans of folks around the world. It’s not too late to sign up!
  • Visit the San Diego Wooden Boat Festival at Koehler Kraft Boatyard, this Saturday and Sunday. If you’re in Southern California, this is a great event. Unlike typical boat shows, the point of this festival is not really to sell boats, but to provide a forum for admiring some beautiful wooden boats and learn more about them. Plus there will be a charity auction of wooden boats!
  • Or maybe Dad deserves his next ASA sailing certification? Go here to find your local sailing school and see what they’re offering. On second thought, maybe someone ELSE needs to get a new certification so that Dad can kick back and relax while everyone else handles the boat!

Know of any other great events or ways to spend Father’s Day weekend? Advise us with a comment below, or get in touch on Facebook or Twitter! And to all the Dads–have a great time and enjoy yourselves!