Features December 2008 Issue

Skip Allan Says Farewell to His Beloved Wildflower on Transpacific Crossing

After battling Force 8 conditions solo for 62 hours in the Pacific, Skip asks to be transferred off his boat.

Practical Sailorís June and July 2008 issues documented veteran West Coast racer Skip Allanís preparations for the 2008 Singlehanded TransPac, a race he eventually won. In this tragic epilogue, Skip describes his final days aboard his custom Tom Wylie-designed sloop, Wildflower. After 62 hours gale-force winds, Skip made the decision to leave Wildflower and transfer to a commercial vessel, the MSC Toronoto. Just before boarding the passing container ship, Skip scuttled the boat he called homeóone that he built himself 34 years before. Skip describes in this article the weather conditions, what gear and techniques worked well during the storm, what led to his decision to leave Wildflower, and how he boarded a 1,000-foot-long, 125-foot-high container ship in gale conditions.

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