Ronnie Simpson- Quest for the Vendée
Ronnie Simpson Racing- 2016 Vendée Globe and 2015 'SF2SF' campaign
Ronnie Simpson Racing is a newly formed racing syndicate whose primary objective is to see Ronnie Simpson become the third and youngest American sailor to ever finish the Vendée Globe Race; the toughest sailing race on the planet. Solo, non-stop and around the world, only two Americans have ever officially completed this race. Ronnie will be sailing to inspire other combat wounded veterans to achieve extraordinary things while overcoming their newfound challenges to lead enriching and fulfilling lives. This campaign will benefit the 501c3 non-profit organization Hope for the Warriors® and is funded by charitable, tax-deductible donations. As preparation, Ronnie will sail around the world in the inaugural 2015 'SF2SF' race.
(This is the only way I can update while at sea.)
I am planning to set sail from San Diego for Hilo, Hawai'i tomorrow as the first leg of what will be an engineless and solo voyage to Australia. I have been updating my cruising blog, www.openbluehorizon.com extensively and if you want to follow the voyage, head over there. I will update this site for real when I get to Hawai'i.
Back in San Diego after an incredible five week adventure down under! Sydney- Hobart was an amazing experience and I can't wait to do another one! I am working hard on getting my cruising boat/ house 'MONGO' ready to sail to go cruising while still working behind the scenes to put together a Vendee Globe campaign. Speaking of cruising, my destination was Mexico, but after going to Australia, I have decided to sail to Hawaii in March and then continue cruising to Australia th the hope of being there before September.
Approaching Hobart and the finish
I wrote a really long, detailed account of the Sydney- Hobart and it has been published on Sailing Anarchy.
The week leading up to the race was fun; working on the boat, pre-race festivities, partying with friends and other crews, and all of the general buzz around the CYCA. But the really cool part was the start! The Boxing Day start is pretty hyped up and it lived up to the expectations. 100’ Maxi’s sailing around, helicopters buzzing, a few thousand spectator boats, 100 racing yachts and an estimated 300,000 live spectators either on boats or on shore... I sailed on the Newcastle-based Archambault 40 “One for the Road”
I've been a bit remiss in updating this website and blog, but that's not because there's not cool stuff going on or because I am not still trying to sail in the Vendée Globe! After getting home from Hawaii in August, I began focusing on finishing up my obligations for the year and going cruising for the winter. In late September, we held our fourth wounded vetearn sailing clinic in San Francisco! Recap. Shortly thereafter, I left the Bay Area on my liveaboard cruising boat Mongo and cruised down the coast to San Diego where I am preparing to sail to Mexico for the winter. Recap. A couple of days after arriving in SD, I flew to Acapulco with one crew (Walt from the sailing clinic) and delivered the Island Packet 380 Champ up from Acapulco to San Diego. Recap.
New promotional video for our wounded-vetearn sailing program
I am currently back in San Diego for a few weeks where I am re-fitting my cruising boat to prepare to sail to Mexico (and likely Hawaii afterwards). Before I head to Mexico however, I will be traveling to Australia to sail in the Sydney- Hobart race. Will definitely be doing some updates and writing from S2H.
I am again updating my personal/ cruising blog, www.openbluehorizon.com. I prefer to keep professional and racing ambitions separate and this is the Vendée Globe campaign site, hence the separation. Speaking of which, I am coming back to my attempt to sail in the Vendée Globe with a renewed energy and passion in the coming months. A major motivating factor in me going cruising over the winter was to take a step back at this point in my life and career to reflect, recharge and form a strategy which will allow me to move forward on three major fronts; expanding the wounded-veteran sailing program to serve more veterans and include offshore yacht racing, foster my participation in the Vendée Globe, SF2SF or Class 40 Globeal Ocean Race and continue to develop as a professional writer while also completing the writing of my book.
Crossing under the Golden Gate with a kite up after 15 days and 2,700 miles! Happy to be home!
The good ship Criminal Mischief is back in San Francisco! After finishing the Transpac and then hanging out in Waikiki for a bit, we immediately began prepping for the return delivery home. As we began our preparations, a tropical depression began tracking for the islands. A couple of days later, it was upgraded to Tropical Storm Flossie and continued it’s track towards Hawaii. Our original plan was to leave on a Sunday, sail to Hanalei Bay, Kauai for a day of r&r and then onto California. With the imminent weather, however, we decided to just get out of dodge a few days early, as leaving any later would mean either hitting bad weather or being stuck in port an additional 5-7 days.
The crew was James Clappier (bow guy) as skipper, myself, Cody Spruce (also on the Transpac crew) and my good friend Adam. The decision to leave early was a good one and we were blessed with reliable tradewinds that were, if anything, a bit mellow. A reef in the main and the delivery jib and the Criminal just charged north, reeling off the miles