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Friends of the Summit County libraries present ‘The Ring in My Ear’

DAILY NEWS STAFF REPORT
Summit County, Colorado, CO

SUMMIT COUNTY ” “The Ring in My Ear” is the next talk and slideshow to be presented by the Friends of the Summit County Libraries. This free talk is at 7 p.m. on Friday, February 16th, in the Blue River Room of the North Branch Library at 651 Center Circle, in Silverthorne.

In October 2001, Jack Beckner began a journey that would last four months and test every bit of his sailing knowledge. Beckner, six volunteers and two paid staff set out from San Francisco in a 67-foot, steel-hulled, sailing boat to journey around Cape Horn then across the Atlantic to Plymouth, England.

While most people take this voyage in a cruise ship, Beckner’s adventure was more like that of the 18th- or even the 19th-century pirates. Making the trip, bobbing around in huge seas, suffering gale force winds in a small boat, with no heat, and worst of all no superb chefs.

“Imagine that the sea temperature around you is 39 degrees,” begins Beckner. “Everything you touch is cold and wet. You’re standing at the helm of a pitching, rolling, yawing sailboat. The lookout’s eyes widen in fear. With a glance over your right shoulder, you see a wave the size of a six story building about to crash down on you.”

As Beckner’s presentation shows, waves like this were not a one-time event. These waves are frightening enough during the day, but night presented another problem. “You couldn’t see where the waves were coming from so you couldn’t see when one was about to crest and throw tons of water and foam at you.”

This is an adventure you won’t want to miss. And the ring in his ear? It’s a badge of courage ” well earned and well deserved.

Hear the whole story of “The Ring in My Ear” at 7 p.m. on Friday, February 16th in the Blue River Room of the North Branch Library in Silverthorne.

The slideshow is free, but donations are appreciated and help the Friends of the Libraries purchase books and other supplies. For more information, call 468-5887.


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