National Geographic : 1968 Oct
fncu CANADA ISLANDOF North Pacific OceanmA E EWONLN NORtTH MEf After a 2,230-mile shakedowncruisefrom NwYr LosAngelestoHonolulu,RobinLeeGraham UNITED STATES Ne ok North Atlantic setsout on a world-girdlingvoyage.HisLoAnes first objective, FanningIsland, lies 1,050 milesto thesouth. Ocean o "3o fl q TROPICOPCANCER 'v Honoluu.! 0 Oau HaaiiMEXIO G T~ AN'rIjL, LESSER ,Caribbean. Sea ANTILLES MARSHALL Oh~~&Tiia o SAD PanamaCanal.rITiia J'/ FanningIsland - 1qGILBERT EQUATOR SOLOMON r GALAPAGOSISLAND ISLANDSMalta EWLCEISLANDS BRAZIL Gudlaa ,.Nuku Hiva- MARQUESASGudcaa SAO1. iILND a aa I SAMOIS.lTutil ISLANDSE .- LUTop!-?P~oaleer NEW -Banks I . Apia ago Pago ? TUAA.,, 0,,, Vila' eiafu COO P apetA I I amara/ Vava u Group COLANDSTahitiOI O CPICR 'J' ._.Fulanga/ Nuku'alofa ILNS~ RPCO ARCR PQ Tongatapu/ TONGAIS. First dismasting, within sight of 3a._ Tutuila, forcesDove to sail under jury rig to Apiaon Upolu. South PaciftcOce'im South NEW ZEALAND Atlantic $ Ocean. 'FALKLAND ISLANDS or? SO 0Or? RO SOUTHGEORGIA A world to sail and only a 24-foot fiberglass sloop for the job. Robin's self-steering vane stands above the rudder; sails spread 4y wing and wing to catch the \ wind. An outboard motor-rarely used-hangs idle at the stern. ~, Robin was raised to sail. His father taught him to navigate by ~ . the stars and the sun. He yearned for the journey with a wanderlust that can come to any age, but ~,~ is seldom fulfilled by one so young. Yet loneliness became his plague. He logged the symptoms: "I'm going to give up sailing.... Oh, gee-this really makes me lonely ... it's just no fun. But anyway, I've got the good old radio." But sea and sky worked their spell, 'bringing priceless compensations. "It was really beautiful last night, red sunset-fantastic .. . the gods , "' are awful kind to me."