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Dramatic shipwreck of the Benetti yacht Domani: the video

  • Alex Giuzio
  • May 12, 2022

A 45-metre yacht at the mercy of the waves, inexorably taking on water with seven frightened people on board awaiting rescue. They are rather dramatic images of the shipwreck of the Benetti yacht ‘ Domani ‘ , which last Saturday 7th May at seven o’clock in the morning local time ran into serious trouble while about 25 miles off Grays Harbor, along the Washington coast. The video, shot by US Coast Guard men and posted on Twitter , shows the distressed condition of the luxury motorboat as it is being rescued. Fortunately, there are no injuries among the seven people on board at the time of the shipwreck.

According to reports from the US Coast Guard, due to a technical problem the crew was unable to close the stern door; as a result, water flooded into the beach club, i.e. the lower part of the yacht. Shortly afterwards, the yacht’s crew also found smoke and activated the engine room fire extinguishing system, causing a blackout and loss of propulsion. To maintain communication with the coast guard, the crew used the yacht’s emergency batteries.

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The yacht ‘Domani’ was delivered in 2004 and is part of the Benetti Vision series. The exterior design was by Stefano Righini, while the interior is by Zuretti

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M/Y Domani Disabled off Washington Coast

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On May 7 about 25 miles off the Washington coast, 143-foot M/Y Domani became disabled, taking on water because the transom door was failing to close. There were no medical concerns among the seven people on board or reports of pollution.

The U.S. Coast Guard received a call from Domani ’s crew at 6 a.m., and they dispatched an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew and motor lifeboat crews.

“After observing smoke, the yacht crewmembers also engaged the engine room fire suppression system, at which time the vessel became disabled,” states the Coast Guard press release . “The crew then energized their emergency batteries in order to maintain communications.”

The helicopter crew arrived on the scene first and provided updates to the Coast Guard watchstanders, with the boat crew arriving around 7:30 a.m. for support. However, the yacht exceeded the towing capacity of the 47-meter lifeboats, so 210-foot Coast Guard Cutter Active was diverted to the area. The USCG shared on Twitter that the flooding was under control at approximately 1:45 p.m.

Cutter Active arrived on the scene around 2:30 p.m., and the crew placed Domani in a stern tow. She was towed with the yacht’s crew on board Cutter Active toward the Strait of Juan De Fuca entrance. After a nearly 24-hour transit, the yacht arrived near Neah Bay on Sunday at about 3 p.m., where the tow was taken over by a commercial tug.

Domani was then towed to a shipyard in Port Angeles, Washington, arriving on May 9 around 5 p.m. to undergo repairs.

#BreakingNews (1/2) #USCG crews responding to a disabled 143-foot yacht 45-miles northwest of Grays Harbor, Wash., with 7 people aboard. No medical concerns. Vessel cannot close transom door and water has entered the stern. Flooding is under control. Rescue crews remain on scene. pic.twitter.com/F10f7yYAiy — USCGPacificNorthwest (@USCGPacificNW) May 7, 2022

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After passing the strait of juan de fuca, domani will be towed to a shipyard in port angeles, where it will undergo repairs….

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#BreakingNews (1/2) #USCG crews responding to a disabled 143-foot yacht 45-miles northwest of Grays Harbor, Wash., with 7 people aboard. No medical concerns. Vessel cannot close transom door and water has entered the stern. Flooding is under control. Rescue crews remain on scene. pic.twitter.com/F10f7yYAiy — USCGPacificNorthwest (@USCGPacificNW) May 7, 2022

At roughly 07:00 on the morning of Saturday the 7th of May, the 45m Benetti motoryacht Domani was disabled 45 miles north of Grays Harbour in Washington. Although seven people were on board, no injuries or medical concerns have been reported as of yet, however, the US Coast Guard did state that the incident was caused due to flooding of the beach club and the crew being unable to close the transom door.

The motor yacht is now being towed to a shipyard in Port Angeles where it will undergo the necessary repairs and insurance checks. The question now being asked is exactly what led to such an unlikely and bizarre occurrence. Both the REG Yacht Code and MI Yacht Code require that openings in the yacht's shell doors ‘May be manually closed and locked in the event of power or hydraulic failure’.

Providing the incident wasn’t a result of human error, an event such as this could spark review and debate on the leniency of regulations and seaworthiness of the current fleet. If the regulations allow for a manual hydraulic pump then it could be worth speculating whether or not the right hydraulic pressure had been maintained, or if there were perhaps any impurities in the hydraulic oil. Another angle to consider is whether the transom door was open before or after the yacht departed from the harbour - if the door was opened prior to departure then damage sustained while underway would provide a more obvious reason as to why the crew were unable to close it. 

47-foot Motor Lifeboats from Station Grays Harbor and Station Quillayute River can be seen in the first photo. There continues to be no medical or pollution concerns. pic.twitter.com/sygSNu0swj — USCGPacificNorthwest (@USCGPacificNW) May 7, 2022

LinkedIn user Eddie Cashman commented on a post highlighting the incident saying, “ I've been on a Bennetti where we sometimes couldn't close the stern door under the power of it's own hydraulic system. The captain would rig a line from a capstan to a cleat on the door while I operated the hydraulics and sure enough, the thing would get up enough that the hydraulics would do the rest of the work.”

In the same thread, Cashman continued, “It only happened once to me but several times to the captain meanwhile the door was operated a huge amount of times. Hard to find the error from an outside perspective when it's hidden amongst many successful operations, particularly when the surveyor or whoever may arrive at a closed door, see it open, close then complete the check. It seems like the similarity of this incident and my own was a sea day where the beach club was open for an extended period, which would further exclude an outside perspective. Up to the crew to report the issue and who knows, Bennetti might know about the issue, wouldn't surprise me.”

Whatever the reason may be for this incident, the most important thing is that the crew are safe and the coastguards acted quickly and efficiently enough to resolve the issue and tow the yacht to a shipyard. Fortunately, no medical or pollution concerns were reported. 

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Two people were rescued moments before a $1 million luxury 80-foot sport yacht sank off the coast of Florida Saturday, the U.S. Coast Guard said.

According to the Coast Guard, the incident was reported just after 11:35 a.m. Saturday about 3 miles off St. Augustine Beach.

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The operator of the massive vessel, the Atlantis, said their sport yacht struck an object in the water and was sinking, officials said.

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44.9m  /  147'4 | benetti | 2016.

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  • Impressive 4,000nm range
  • RINA (Registro Italiano Navale) C ✠ HULL Mach; Y Ch classification
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The award winning 44.9m/147'4" motor yacht 'Domani' was built by Benetti in Italy at their Livorno shipyard. Her interior is styled by Italian designer design house Carlo Galeazzi and she was delivered to her owner in May 2016. This luxury vessel's exterior design is the work of Benetti.

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Domani has been designed to comfortably accommodate up to 12 guests in 6 suites comprising one VIP cabin. She is also capable of carrying up to 7 crew onboard to ensure a relaxed luxury yacht experience.

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Her features include beach club and air conditioning.

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Domani is built with a steel hull and aluminium superstructure, with teak decks. Powered by twin diesel Caterpillar (C32 ACERT) 1,450hp engines, she comfortably cruises at 13 knots, reaches a maximum speed of 15 knots with a range of up to 4,000 nautical miles from her 64,000 litre fuel tanks at 10 knots. Her water tanks store around 8,000 Litres of fresh water. She was built to RINA (Registro Italiano Navale) C ✠ HULL Mach; Y Ch classification society rules, and is MCA LY2 Compliant.

Length 44.9m / 147'4
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Gross Tonnage 498 GT
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Dramatic footage has captured the moment a 40-metre superyacht sank into the Mediterranean sea after being battered in a storm.

The 40-metre-long luxury vessel was sailing from Gallipoli to Milazzo overnight on Saturday when it got into trouble around 15km from Italy’s Catanzaro Marina.

Footage shows the yacht, named My Saga, rapidly disappearing beneath waves, as lifeboats appear to float beside it.

The captain sent out a distress call to the Port Authority of Crotone, with officials told the yacht was taking on a significant amount of water from the stern.

The Italian coastguard dispatched two patrol vessels and rescued all four passengers and five crew members on board.

A tugboat sent out at dawn was unable to save the superyacht from sinking because of worsening weather conditions, the Super Yacht Times reports. The Saga finally sank at around 1pm on Sunday.

The outlet reports the yacht, which was built in Monaco back in 2007, was flying under the Cayman Islands flag with an all-Italian crew when it sunk.

An investigation has been launched into the cause.

The yacht named My Saga sank on Saturday

It comes after a £6 million superyacht sunk after it went up in flames in the UK on the Torquay harbourside.

The 85ft vessel was consumed by fire , with thick black smoking billowing into the sky.

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The yacht reportedly drifted out into the harbour after the fire burnt through ropes securing it to the pier, but the vessel was later secured by the fire service.

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Domani S 32 in the test : When form takes precedence over function

Alexander Worms

 ·  15.06.2023

Beautiful, but not perfect. Powerful lines with a negative deck jump and vertical stem. However, the halyard cover is mirror-smooth, the running deck narrow

Domani - this is, no longer only in Italy, for example, the answer of a craftsman to the question of when he intends to start his work. In the case of a boat as pretty as the Domani S 32, it is probably meant more as an invitation to simply postpone the less urgent things until tomorrow and go sailing today. Now the sun is shining and there's a gentle breeze: Off onto the water! Italian moments. The reminiscences of the southern lifestyle are abundantly clear on board: beautiful lines combined with a sporty attitude plus fine detail solutions. High-quality construction and a carefree approach to the final touches, probably due to the prototype.

The test day doesn't seem to fit in at all: Three degrees outside temperature, light rain and extremely gusty winds await on the Oosterschelde. Shipyard manager Jan Goderis prepares the sheets for the gennaker, perhaps it could be hoisted. "Then she'll plane very well from 15 knots of wind," says the Belgian. But first we let the electric drive push us out of the harbour. This is very precise and, of course, completely silent. Even with 400 watts of power consumption, the boat is manoeuvrable. The sails go up while still in the forebay. This works with the optional electric winches at the touch of a button. The sails stand up very well, which is hardly surprising given that it is Elvström's Epex cloth. This costs a good 5,000 euros extra for the main and self-tacking jib.

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The Domani S 32 requires extremely active sailing

The difference between the basic wind and the gusts is huge. While it is usually around 14 knots, the gusts can easily add two Beaufort. This makes it difficult to find the right setup. In the first gust, one of the carelessnesses becomes apparent: The backstay is deflected through the deck onto a cascade that works under the aft deck. This is nice and clean, but the system lacks sufficient transmission to generate enough vapour in the gusts. The main remains too closed at the leech and pressure can only be released via the mainsheet. That is a pity. The shipyard has recognised the problem and wants to install one or even two more gear ratios. Then it should fit.

To actively parry gusts, you need a better backstay tensioner

The boat has a sufficient 38 per cent ballast ratio, but is only 2.50 metres wide. That's 35 centimetres less than the Saffier Se 33, for example, giving the Domani a slender appearance. She heels away quickly in the gusts. The freeboard, which sinks so nicely towards the stern, now approaches the water with its edge almost threateningly fast. This calls for extremely active sailing. The mainsheet runs directly behind the helmsman's back and is therefore very easy to reach. In fast gybes, however, the helmsman must also avoid the line if he wants to avoid painful encounters. However, it is within easy reach from any steering position, so that gusts can be easily parried with it.

The potential of the Domani S 32 is great, but not easily accessible

Sitting on the coaming, the Domani is easy to manoeuvre, but there is no footrest, so you are always looking for support. Once you've got to grips with the wheel, the sportiness of the boat is a joy to behold. The Domani finds the wind edge with great precision, thanks in part to the elaborate and very rigid construction. Keeping an eye on the lines and having good contact with the pressure situation in the boat makes steering a real pleasure. Between the gusts, the Domani shows pleasing results: tacking angles of almost 80 degrees, also thanks to the very tightly sheeted self-tacking jib, at a good six knots of speed are very respectable.

Rank: In gusts, the boat lays heavily on the forecastle. This can be parried with the mainsheet

The Domani really gets going with a light shake and makes a bella figura. Then it also becomes more relaxed at the helm, the pushers are less prone to heeling and provide plenty of extra speed. It was just under nine knots in over 20 knots of wind. The boat's potential is therefore great, but its manoeuvrability could be better. The key words here are dimensional stability, a secure hold when steering and a stronger backstay. However, this can be easily regulated everywhere, either by reefing in good time or by clever retrofitting. So when it comes to sailing, the Domani S 32 is a big plus, because the basis is right.

Clever details for relaxation on board

However, such a daysailer should also have other qualities. And the small yacht from Belgium has a few answers to this as well. In order to be able to enjoy an unobstructed view of the water when lying at anchor, the aft locker covers can be raised and locked in place. This creates backrests for cushions. The idea is as simple as it is ingenious. Both the aft deck and the cockpit invite you to sit or lie down and relax. The Domani also has an answer in case the sun gets too hot: a sun canopy can be stretched over the cockpit on carbon rods. The holder for the rods is integrated into the cup holders, so it is not visually distracting. The benches themselves are deep and comfortable and, at 1.60 metres, rather short for lounging. At 1.75 metres long and 1.63 metres wide, the aft sunbathing area is the better choice.

Below deck, dignified elegance awaits the visitor: light-coloured upholstery, white wall panelling with a quilted check pattern, light wood applications in walnut and indirect lighting. Another Italian moment, certainly, when the carelessness described above is revealed behind the upholstery. The gluing is unsightly. Here, too, the shipyard vows to improve. The small galley has what it needs: a hob, a mini sink and a Nespresso machine. At most, breakfast or a snack is prepared here - daysailer style.

Plenty of room to sleep in the Domani S 32

The berth dimensions prove that a daysailer can certainly be a nightsleeper: the length in the foredeck is a generous 2.42 metres. The bed is 1.50 metres wide at shoulder height. At the foot end, the width is a pleasing 75 centimetres. It's not cramped even for two people. The best place to sleep alone is in the dog bunk. It is 3.07 metres long - yes, there is a three at the front - and is also pleasantly wide at 75 centimetres. When not sleeping, 84 centimetres of seat height is sufficient. A height of 1.38 metres under the companionway is once again typical of a daysailer.

Stylish and spacious: the front bunk is 1.50 metres wide and 2.40 metres long. That's generous

There is space for a large cool box under the companionway steps. The installations behind it with batteries and electric drive are neatly designed. The same applies to the solid-looking structure including the recess for the keel and its bolts with large chamfered shims. If lock nuts are now fitted, everything will be as it should be.

The Domani S 32 is beautiful and special

The Domani S 32 Lounge is a beautiful boat. Perhaps even the prettiest daysailer at the moment, but that is of course a matter of taste. At 2.50 metres and low weight, it is still trailerable. The high-quality construction also speaks in favour of the yacht from Belgium. It is a real alternative for people who are looking for something special without wanting to appear absurd.

With a base price of around 180,000 euros, it is well below the Saffier Se 33, which only starts 35,000 euros higher up, without being significantly inferior in terms of construction or fittings. The equally attractive Toufinou is also around 20,000 euros more expensive than the Domani. So: If you still don't know what to do with the Domani, you can arrange a test drive with the shipyard.

Measured values Domani S 32

Sailing performance (without drift/current).

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  • CE design category: B
  • Torso length: 9,00 m
  • Total length: 9,60 m
  • Waterline length: 7,96 m
  • Width: 2,50 m
  • Draught/alternative: 1,80/1,22-2,00 m
  • Theoretical torso speed: 6.9 kn
  • Weight: 2,0 t
  • Ballast/proportion: 0,75 t/38 %
  • Mainsail: 24,0 m²
  • Self-tacking jib: 15,6 m²
  • machine (Torqeedo): 6 kW/48 V
  • Fresh water tanks: 42 l
  • Faeces tank (Porta Potti): 10

Hull and deck construction

Vacuum infusion, vinyl ester resin with PVC foam for hull and deck, E-glass and ISO-NPG gelcoat

Equipment and prices

  • Base price ex shipyard: 177.905 €
  • Price ready to sail: 185.990 €
  • Comfort price: 198.120 €
  • Guarantee/against osmosis: 2/5 years

Shipyard and distribution

Domani Yachts Antwerp, Kampelaar 17, 2930 Braaschaat; www.domaniyachts.com

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Spreading through five expansive decks, the vessel boasts exterior design by Benetti, while her smart yet inviting interiors, characterized by the use of precious materials and furnishings, have been created by Carlo Galeazzi in close partnership with the Owner and his design team. The photos speak for themselves. Enjoy!

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44m Benetti motor yacht Domani sold

The 44.2 metre Benetti motor yacht Domani , listed for sale by Burgess , has been sold with the buyer introduced by Michael Selter of Crow’s Nest Yachts.

Built in GRP by Italian yard Benetti to a design by Stefano Righini, Domani is Lloyds classed and MCA compliant, delivered in 2004 as a Benetti Vision model and most recently refitted in 2019. A light cherry wood interior by Francois Zuretti accommodates 12 guests in five cabins comprising a master suite on the main deck plus two doubles and two twins with Pullman berths below, all with en suite bathroom facilities.

On the main deck, there is a convivial drawing room separated by a bulkhead from the main saloon with a fully equipped bar, lounge seating and pop-up television screen. Both benefit from huge picture windows. Sliding glass doors aft open onto the aft deck with banquette and occasional seating around an informal dining table and steps lead down to the swim platform and the spacious garage for tenders and toys.

The upper deck boasts a circular dining room completely enclosed by glass windows which, when opened, bring guests a taste of dining in the open air while protected from the elements. Up on the sun deck there are sunbathing cushions, a bar and two C-shaped seating areas around a Jacuzzi spa tub, offering an ideal location for al fresco relaxation.

Twin 1,300hp Caterpillar diesel engines give her a top speed of 14 knots, a cruising speed of 12 knots and a range of 4,300 nautical miles at an economical speed of 10 knots.

Domani was asking $8,500,000.

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He crossed the Atlantic solo in a boat he built himself

On a foggy morning in November 2023, five boats left Portugal and began racing across the Atlantic. Jack Johnson from Cypress, Calif., is on the left. (Courtesy of Sailing Fair Isle)

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He was 1,300 miles from land, and another storm was barreling in.

Wind at 30 knots and climbing.

Chop, steep and shallow.

Sheets of rain erased the sky.

A view of a white sailboat at sea, with a U.S. flag on a sail and red-and-black stripes at the stern, illuminated at night

Three weeks earlier, he had left the Canary Islands for Antigua, and now in the middle of the Atlantic, he was alone and scared and ready to give up. He had been fighting a series of squalls throughout the night.

Waves slammed into his small sailboat as it rose and fell over steep swells. The wind howled, and spray pelted him.

He tugged on a tether fastening him to a safety line to keep him from falling overboard and scrambled onto the deck to take down the sails.

And to think: Not so long ago, Jack Johnson and his wife, Deby, were racing their dinghy in Alamitos Bay, white sails coloring a blue sky. Orange County was their home, and they loved summertime regattas, late afternoons on the water after work, dinner with friends on the patio of their yacht club.

Now tossed about like a dog’s toy, he was off course and barely holding on.

Jack never imagined racing alone across the Atlantic, much less in a boat he built himself.

Yet sitting at his computer in October 2020, he typed his credit card number and agreed to a nonrefundable deposit toward a $10,000 kit of precut plywood that with enough screws, epoxy and fiberglass would one day become a 19½-foot sailboat.

The idea had seemed preposterous. COVID-19 was spreading, and everyone was in lockdown.

Jack was 47 at the time and married for only two years. He and Deby were building their future, and they had family to consider. Her mother had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. How could he step away from all of that?

A man in a red long-sleeved shirt and gray pants, left, and another in dark blue polo shirt and jeans, walk on a dock

Yet she had encouraged him, because that is what they did for each other: support the best version of themselves.

“That sounds right up your alley,” she said when he told her about a solo race with a DIY ethos and an ocean to cross.

At first, he had thought the race, called the Globe 5.80 Transat, a little crazy, which was why he shared a link with his friend Michael Moyer.

They had known each other since their days on the Newport Harbor High School sailing team. Moyer was always doing wild things. He and his wife, Anita, had sailed the world, true vagabonds of the sea.

Moyer liked the idea and signed up. Jack agreed to help him build the boat but soon realized he too wanted to join the race.

He had once thought the script of his life was written — go to school, get a job, settle in. Chained to routine. Unmarried and uninvolved, he saw himself dying alone. That was 10 years ago.

Deby had proved him wrong. Her love opened up possibilities he never imagined. He now had a partner, four stepdaughters and a Persian cat named Punkin.

If his world could change like that, then maybe sailing alone across the Atlantic in a boat the size of an F-150 pickup wasn’t impossible.

Even if it sounded crazy.

Johnson named his boat Right Now, after the Van Halen song. He liked the lyrics: “Don’t wanna wait ‘til tomorrow / Why put it off another day?” (Robert Edmonds / nrg-digital.co.uk)

A sailboat on the water, with clouds in a blue sky as the backdrop

Four wooden crates arrived from North Carolina, containing 700 pieces of marine-grade plywood cut, shaped and numbered for convenient assembly. The two men, who had leased a small industrial unit in a Santa Ana business park, spread the jigsaw puzzle out on the floor — “like one big Ikea project,” said Jack — and got busy.

Working on their individual boats, they laid out the ribs and bulkheads, then the stringers and planks. They fastened the pieces, and as construction progressed, the shop took on the smells of mahogany and fir, polyurethane paint and fiberglass.

Moyer took the day shift, and Jack, who kept his engineering job in Fullerton, came in at night, sleeping on his workbench, a box for a pillow. Mornings he raced home to make Deby a cup of coffee, a ritual from their dating days.

Once the hulls were covered with fiberglass, the two men began smoothing the surfaces for speed. Dressed in jumpsuits with hoodies, face masks and ear muffs, they burned through sheets of sandpaper. They felt as if they were living inside a snow globe.

When ordering and registering their electronics — GPS, collision avoidance systems — they had to name their boats. Moyer chose Sunbear, the smallest species of bear, fitting for the smallest species of ocean-class sailboat.

Jack picked Right Now, for his favorite Van Halen song .

Don’t wanna wait ’til tomorrow

Why put it off another day?

Shipping delays — masts from France, sails from Sri Lanka — delayed their start for nearly two years. In October 2023, Jack and Moyer packed their boats in a shipping container and flew to Lagos, in southern Portugal.

Deby soon joined them, and she and Jack began each morning with pasteis de nata at a bakery before he left for the boatyard to finish rigging.

The fleet leaves Lanzarote, the easternmost of the Canary Islands, as the boats race to Antigua in the eastern Caribbean. (Robert Edmonds / nrg-digital.co.uk)

On race day — Nov. 11 — he rose at 4 a.m., left her sleeping and quietly began taking supplies down to the boat.

Ahead of him lay the first leg of a race that would take him and four other boats to the Canary Islands, a relatively safe qualifier of 650 miles before they undertook the 3,200-mile crossing of the Atlantic for Antigua in the eastern Caribbean.

The race was initially conceived in 1977 as a “poor man’s Transatlantic.” At the time, offshore sailboat racing was dominated by wealthy sailors and million-dollar yachts. To buck the trend, organizers designed a safe, uniform and inexpensive boat that competitors could build by themselves.

Although there was no prize, Jack was looking forward to seeing what he was capable of and to prove wrong those who said he was foolhardy or nuts.

Yet when he was done loading the boat, he came back to bed as if trying to hold off the inevitable. All that he had worked for was now happening, and as hardened as he was to the prospect of being alone, he realized how un-alone he actually was.

For the last three years, Deby, his stepdaughters and the members at the club had come together to help him achieve this goal. When the time came to say goodbye to her, he cried “like a 6-year-old with a skinned knee.”

Each boat was equipped with a special tracking device that relied on a GPS satellite network. In this video, Jack Johnson’s boat is colored bright green; Michael Moyer’s boat is blue. The gray boat indicates the winning boat in the 2021 race. Rather than heading west from the Canary Islands, the sailors followed the coast of Africa south in search of the trade winds that eventually sent them on their westerly course. (Courtesy of YB Tracking)

He hugged and kissed Deby at the dock one last time. She’d be flying back to California in a couple of days. Wiping away his tears, he started powering Right Now to the starting line. A low fog blanketed the mouth of the harbor.

Ahead of him was Sunbear with its bright yellow hull. He and Moyer had competed against each other in high school, and Moyer had always won.

Today they were up against three other boats. Their finish line for the first leg was Lanzarote, the easternmost of the Canary Islands.

With the wind at their backs, the fleet made good progress despite choppy seas off Gibraltar. They had heard about orcas sinking boats in this region of the Atlantic, and Moyer even brought window cleaner, figuring the ammonia would drive them away.

Jack fell in sync with the rhythm of the days at sea.

Catnapping through the night, he rose at first light. Breakfast was leftovers from dinner. He studied charts and weather and got to work trying to coax as much speed from his boat as possible.

While he had sailed long distances before, never had he done it alone or in a boat that he built himself. He hoped experience would see him through, but he also knew, as the adage goes: Life tests you first, then provides the lessons.

Photographs and compass keychain are pinned to a map

1. On the wall of their townhome in Cypress, Deby Johnson hung a map of the world pinned with mementos of husband Jack’s voyage. 2. Jack Johnson had once thought the script of his life was written — until he met his wife, Deby, who made it possible for him to pursue his dream of racing across the Atlantic. (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)

To break the monotony, he’d listen to podcasts. He’d munch on a tortilla smeared with peanut butter and honey, and at the end of the day, treat himself to a glass of rum and keep a promise he’d made to Deby.

She asked him to take a picture of every sunset, and his phone filled with colors of the western sky, laced with clouds and distant storms.

After less than a week, the fleet arrived at the aptly named Marina Rubicon, a popular launching point for Atlantic sailors. Jack was first, and Moyer, who finished second to last, knew he had underestimated the competition.

After a 10-day layover, the boats left for the Caribbean. One sailor had dropped out, leaving just four boats plowing down the coast of Africa — Morocco, Western Sahara, Mauritania — in search of the trade winds.

Three days out, Jack celebrated his 51st birthday by opening Deby’s present that he had stowed on board: a pack of Nutter Butter cookies and a flash drive of photos and a video she had made.

“I am so amazed at all that you have accomplished!” she wrote in her card.

The days were bright and sun-soaked. Nights were as dark as the inside of a glove. Squalls blew in from the Sahara; the rainwater, brown with desert dust, served for showering and washing clothes.

After a week — 70 miles north of the Cape Verde Islands — the sailors hit the trade winds and began charting west.

On Dec. 11 — halfway to Antigua and in first place by almost 100 miles — Jack celebrated, opening Deby’s second gift: a small bottle of Hendrick’s gin and the requisite accompaniment of tonic.

“You are my sunshine and my rock,” she wrote in this card. “You make me smile and keep me sane.”

Longing to hear her voice, he picked up the satellite phone. It would be morning in California, and she’d be home getting ready for work.

“Hello,” she said, shocked to hear his voice. Was everything OK?

He reassured her.

Was calling breaking the rules?

A pair of hands holding a white notecard with a handwritten message

They’d be all right, he said, so long as they didn’t talk about the race or the weather.

She relaxed, and they took a moment to catch up. The girls were doing well, and Deby had been making the long drive to Lake Havasu alone to visit and check in on her parents. He asked whether she got the card that he had buried in the second drawer of her dresser. It was his halfway gift. She did.

“Hurrying to see you,” he had written.

Like the Pacific Ocean, the Atlantic is governed by the jet stream, which, ever shifting, had altered its course, pushing the trade winds closer to the equator. That dynamic — along with the overheated water of the Atlantic — created for the sailors a patch of ocean riven by errant low-pressure fronts and violent storms like the one Jack was fighting three days later.

With the sails down, waves slamming against the hull, he scrambled onto the deck to set a sea anchor, a small device tossed overboard that would help keep the boat from rolling and swamping. But the knot he tied slipped, and the anchor was lost.

Cursing himself, he climbed back in the cockpit and stayed on the tiller, doing his best to maneuver through the storm with its 40-mph winds. The storms the night before — and now this — had taken their toll.

“… chaos, absolute chaos … tired and wet and sick of being here and sick of sailing and just not having a great time...,” he recorded in a voice-to-text log.

Eventually, the sky began to lighten. He had gotten through the worst of it. The winds were tapering.

Jack raised his sails, turned on the autopilot and tried to sleep. He had a story to tell Deby, for sure, but he’d downplay it so as to not worry her, and he’d get back on track with those sunset shots.

The next day, he laid his gear in the sun to dry, opened up the cabin and surveyed the boat for damage. A weld in the rigging had cracked but was manageable.

A boat with red-and-black sails on the water

He was pleased with how the boat had held up. In offshore racing, boats sink. Sailors fall overboard. Masts snap, and equipment breaks, and in this part of the Atlantic, rescue can take days.

Most of all, Jack was frustrated and worried that he was no longer competitive with the other sailors and well behind Moyer.

Then the ocean became as still as glass. The windless days were hot, and nights brought rain. For all his preparations, Jack never anticipated being bored. Nothing plus nothing equaled nothing. He slept more than ever.

“… I’m not thinking straight and I’m not sailing fast and I can’t bring myself to care … I’m sick of it. I just want to get home and kiss Deby and love her and not leave her for a while,” he recorded.

Three days before Christmas, he encountered a whale almost as big as his boat. Relieved it wasn’t an orca, he climbed up on the deck to take a picture. The lugubrious creature surfaced next to the boat, cut across the bow, dived, then reemerged.

“… hasn’t shown any real aggression but I imagine they don’t until they do,” Jack observed.

Whenever he went below or got lost in a task, he’d look up and there it still was. He thought about jumping in. What would it be like to swim beside a whale? After five hours, it was gone.

The next night, more rain fell. As he was putting on his foul-weather gear, a wave hit the boat, and he fell headfirst into a grab bar mounted in the ceiling.

Soon, the world was spinning around him. Dizzy and fatigued after 28 days at sea, he made a special point of making sure he was clipped securely onto the safety line whenever he went on deck.

With no wind, he drifted along, until almost a week later, his sails gently filled, and he started to fly. The sea was flat, and as night fell, the wind didn’t let up. Antigua lay over the horizon.

At dawn, Jack crossed the finish line in first place. He had sailed 3,186 miles in 33 days, 21 hours, 2 minutes.

He called Deby, and then the clubhouse on Alamitos Bay where his friends had gathered. The building echoed with their cheers.

A person in dark clothing stands on a dock facing a man on a boat popping open a bottle of champagne

When Moyer arrived 24 hours later in second place, Jack greeted him at the dock with handshake, a hug and a rum and Coke.

The final celebration in Antigua was anticlimactic, dinner at a tapas restaurant before the sailors left for home. Jack has been told there is a trophy but hasn’t seen it.

The wind is typically light in Alamitos Bay, where every Thursday evening, Jack and Deby race their small dinghy. He still rises early each morning to brew her coffee before work and has been joining her on the long drive to Lake Havasu to visit her parents.

For nearly four years, he had been focused on crossing the Atlantic in the boat built with his own hands, and he’s now wondering if it’s time to push himself in a new direction, away from sailing perhaps, like into a dance class. The idea intrigues and terrifies him. He admits to being a poor dancer, but with Deby’s help, he might have a chance.

“So much is easy for so many of us,” he said. “If we want something, we can go out and get it. We are not challenged in our daily life to do things that are difficult, and as a result, the smallest things knock us off balance.”

Still he’s trying to decide whether to continue with the race when the fleet leaves Antigua for Panama, then Tahiti and around the world next year. He wouldn’t have Moyer — who recently sold Sunbear — joining him, and as a measure of his own ambivalence, he’s put Right Now up for sale or charter.

He doubts anyone will be interested though, and that would be just fine.

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