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April 10, 2024

‘Neptune’ Sails Ocean Globe Race to Raise Awareness of Parkinson’s Disease

Amy Bridge, Bay Area sailor and member of Modern Sailing, has made it her mission to help raise awareness and funds for Parkinson’s disease (PD) research, through sailing. Amy is supporting Ocean Globe Race participant Neptune and her crew, one of whom, Bertrand Delhom, 55, has been diagnosed with Parkinson’s, an incurable neurodegenerative illness. A chance meeting a year ago in Brittany, France, resulted in Amy’s forming an interesting and lasting connection among Delhom, Neptune and the Bay Area sailing community.

Local sailor Amy Bridge on San Francisco Bay.
© 2024 Amy Bridge

“I met an incredible group of people and sailors, men and women, all ages, and learned of their mission: to sail around the world, on a rebuilt Whitbread heritage sailboat, Neptune,” Amy explains. “I met Bertrand, who I came to learn had a lifelong dream, as a sailor, to sail around the world. Now, he was going to attempt the challenge in spite of his PD diagnosis and associated issues. We connected through a shared love for sailing, and as human beings.”

Amy’s own experience is a factor in her desire to support the Neptune crew and their mission. “I had health issues years ago and I was VERY lucky, so I feel I want to give back. Bertrand is younger than me, and I could not imagine what he goes through. I am so inspired.”

The Neptune team says Delhom’s inclusion in the crew is “a first” in the history of ocean sailboat racing. “Through this very human, seafaring venture lasting several months, we want to send a message of hope to the seven million people suffering with this disease [Parkinson’s] around the world today (300,000 in France).”

Neptune’s skipper. Tann Raffray. says Parkinson’s disease has also had a profound effect on his own family. When he received a letter from Delhom asking to join the crew for the Ocean Globe Race, the team accepted with enthusiasm, and and decided to dedicate their race “to the fight against neurodegenerative diseases.” Raffray is an ophthalmologist who has shared his time between medical and seafaring ventures since his teenage years. “Fascinated by the sea from my earliest childhood, I have always been particularly drawn to the Whitbread. It’s the ultimate and authentic adventure race,” he says.

Neptune crew
Tann Raffray (left), Amy Bridge and Bertrand Delhom are working together to raise awareness and funds for research into Parkinson’s disease.
© 2024 Amy Bridge

Neptune is a 60-ft aluminum sloop designed by André Mauric to compete in the 1977 Whitbread race. Afterwards she was refitted as a Caribbean cruising boat, and in 2022 was refitted back to her former racing configuration for the 2023 Ocean Globe Race. Her crew has an average age of 45 and consists of a surgeon, an administrator, a financier, a doctor, a coxswain, an equestrian acrobat, a sailor, a rigger, a sailmaker, an architect, and a meteorologist, all with a shared passion: sailboat racing.

The boat and her crew are funded in part by French organizations the Rennes Centre for Neurosciences, the Centre in Brest, and the Kerpape Business Incubator, specializing in adaptation to disabilities. Their slogan “Join the adventure and let’s fight Parkinson’s together” speaks to their commitment to raising awareness of the disease. “We are aiming for the widest possible reach in terms of public visibility, support for carers, guides and researchers,”

Neptune flies her spinnaker with her motto Qui Ose Vivre — “Who dares, lives!”
© 2024

Amy says the sailors’ story drove her to share this experience when she came back to the US. “Something about Bertrand, Tann and the story resonated with me — things in common — my age, my sport, past health issues, and I saw how hard life had become — and here he was preparing to realize a lifelong dream, thanks to the caring of other sailors.” She has started a social media campaign, and when the race is over, “the work will really begin in making more connections between the US and France, a documentary, and hopefully in the near future, a cure.”

Bertrand Delhom.
© 2024 Amy Bridge

The long-term plan is for Neptune to become a therapy boat. Tomorrow being World Parkinson’s Day, we felt this was a good time to let you know that you can help by donating to Neptune’s fundraising efforts here.

Neptune began her Ocean Globe Race campaign from Ocean Village Marina, Southampton, UK, on September 10, 2023. She is now sitting in fourth place, with the first boat expected to finish in Southampton this coming Friday.

You can follow and learn about Bertrand Delhom via his Facebook page.

Good Jibes #137: Back to Paradise, Alone and Aground, and Crew Life (Latitude 38 Verbatim)

This week in Good Jibes, host Ryan Foland reads three articles from the April 2024 issue of Latitude 38 sailing magazine. Hear “Back to Paradise” by Warwick “Commodore” Tompkins and Latitude editor, J.R., “Alone and Aground — Don’t Give Up the Ship” by Noreen May Light, and “The Art of Crew Life” by Yosh Han.

Clockwise from top left: Nancy and Commodore Tompkins take a stroll in Flashgirl’s nesting dinghy; Yosh Han living the cruising life in Mexico; David Haight shares the joy of success with Windswept’s rescue team.
© 2024 Good Jibes Archives

This episode covers everything from kedging to baseball. Here’s a small sample of what you will hear:

  • Where are the Marquesas?
  • What’s the best boat engine?
  • Where can you get an AIS system?
  • How do you avoid hypothermia?
  • What’s a panga?
  • Where is the Salish Sea?
  • How do you sign up for the Latitude 38 Crew List?
  • What’s the best part of the Baja Ha-Ha?

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Will We See You at Svendsen’s Spring Fling Show This Weekend?

Latitude 38 is looking forward to seeing sailors, readers and vendors at the Svendsen’s Spring Fling this Friday and Saturday, April 12 and 13, in Alameda. There will be a boatload of vendors on hand to answer your technical questions and help you puzzle out that spring project you are planning. If you’re thinking of doing the 30th annual Baja Ha-Ha in the fall, Spring Fling is a great time and place to look over the gear you might want to install/repair or upgrade between now and then.

We’ll be there in the Latitude 38 booth to hand out fresh new copies of our April issue, and will be sharing the show with sailing schools, yacht clubs, canvas manufacturers and more. KKMI is down the row, as well as Modern Sailing Academy, Afterguard Sailing and Cruisers Academy. It’s a great place to connect with old friends and make new ones. Plus there are prizes and raffles all day long.

Say 'cheese!'
Bring the family, kids and friends and stop by the Latitude 38 booth to say “cheese!”
© 2024 Latitude 38 Media LLC / John

There’ll be a good series of technical seminars, and if Mexico is in your future, come see Latitude 38 featured speakers and Baja Ha-Ha veterans Pat and Carol McIntosh, who will be sharing their knowledge from years in Mexico and their book, Cruising Notes – things to know before you go! They’ll be able to answer your questions on the cruising lifestyle and what to expect once you cross the border.

The show starts early! Hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday, and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday. So set your alarm clock and join us with your morning coffee and donuts, or kombucha and avocado toast. Alameda is the closest big island in the Pacific — come on over to get your spring/summer sailing season launched.

A Thank-You Note From a Free-Classified Advertiser, Plus …

Alexis emailed us needing help with her classified ad. She added, “I had posted for my father and father-in-law’s lovely sailing books. I’m happy to say that because of your ad, I was able to give them away to some wonderful people. Now that I’ve given them away, I should remove the post because I keep getting inquiries. So it just tells you you have a wonderful audience for your classified.” If you have items to give away or that are under $1,000, you can post them here for free. It will help you clear out your garage or bookshelves.

If you have a very cool boat like the Formula 40 catamaran Shadow for sale, you can post it in our “boats for sale” section. Shadow was just posted with an asking price of $32,000. New boats, gear, and job opportunities pop up in our classified section frequently. Because we’re a California sailing magazine, they are just the kind of thing California sailors are looking for. For another shot of Shadow in action in the 2010 Farallones Race, click here.

Formula 40 Shadow
The Formula 40 Shadow is now for sale in the Latitude 38 classifieds.
© 2024 Shadow

The books are gone, but there is a Gill timer, Lewmar and Barient winches, an Atomic 4, a Shipmate marine stove and a few other items in the “gear” section.

To check out what else is new or post an item for sale click here. The next deadline to get your ad in print is Monday, April 15, at 5 p.m.

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Sailing In Pictures
Spring has sprung, along with our clocks and our docklines. Sailors have been making the most of the warmer, sunny weather and enjoying the spring breezes on the Bay.