A sailor onboard ABN Amro Two died last night after being swept overboard. Hans Horrevoets had a wife and a young daughter at home.
When I was preparing for my Transatlantic sail, many people thought I was crazy to do something so dangerous. I would glibly reply that if I was going to die, sailing across an ocean seemed like the best way to do it. But I was 24 years old with no family to support. This man is leaving a family behind and I cannot imagine the grief that they are feeling.
If there's a nautical way to fly a mast at half mast I'm going to do it this weekend in honor of a man doing something courageous and exciting and giving his life so that I can follow a sailboat race.
Rest in Peace Hans Horrevoets.