I started sailing in effort to become the first double amputee to circumnavigate the world solo. On June 18th 2014, with limited sailing knowledge and even more limited funds, I casted the dock lines on my $12,000, seen-better-days, 1968 35ft Alberg sloop. My journey may have started with some heartbreak, a little ignorance, and a massive chip on my shoulder. This same journey and I have evolved to what I hope becomes a lifelong platform for adventure and exploration. I no longer care about a record, being first, or any publicity about my trip. I think what has made my journey to date so interesting is becoming part of a tight sailing community and my interactions with island peoples through the pacific and Asia. Many places I visit don’t have internet, hospitals, antibiotics, or any reliable source of outside information. One of the most unique experiences I have is interacting with remote islanders whom have never seen a person survive injuries as serious as mine, let alone see them sail solo to their home. Misadventures with my love life seem to also be entertaining for my fellow sailors.
My journey began October 18th 2008 though i didn’t know it at the time. In the early hours of the morning I was in a head on collision with a drunk driver which cost me my left arm, left leg, and nearly my life.
I celebrate this day every year.
On this day I was left for dead on the side of the road with my arm ripped from my body. Doctors told my parents, my friends, and me that I would likely die. I heard my mother and fathers voices tremble and shake over the phone from thousands of miles away as they tried to be strong for me. I was on a hospital bed with a punctured spleen, punctured lung, aspirated, traumatically amputated arm, broken scapula, and foot broken beyond repair.