A good sea story: the voyage of SIPRIZ

sloop SIPRIZThe latest issue of Outside Magazine includes a great article titled “Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea” about a six-person crew’s voyage in a hand-made, 21′, open sloop from the southern coast of Haiti to Florida. The goal was to trace the route of refugees in a native craft. This is one of those voyages that gamely straddle the boundary between bravery and hubris. The voyage was successful, but it easily could have gone the other way. It was poorly equipped and used a boat that may be fine for coastal fishing but was not designed for open ocean crossings. I love that they used a traditional boat and I’m glad they made it, but the story reads as a bit too much tempting the sea.

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