As reported by the American website www.twincities.com in Saint Paul (Minnesota) on 80-m to year of life died Jerry Spies.
This news of particular interest not caused even in sailing circles. Well, he died… Which, actually, is surprising: in the late seventies – early eighties of the last century Spies were sailing celebrity in the world.
In 1979, on a makeshift boat he Yankee Girl solo across the Atlantic, and two years later, the Pacific ocean. America both times I met him as a national hero. But he was a hero!
Just imagine: in the length of his Yankee Girl was just 3.05 m. A maximum width of 1.67 meters. Tiny.
The grimace of fate: years have passed and the great daredevil Jerry Jaces forgotten. Even in his homeland. It happens.
Rest in peace.
But if you want to learn more about this amazing man, here’s a link. Our magazine at the time published on the List of great essay –