Tom Corogan 


(Republished from the November 2011 Latitude 38 used with permission)

There's no end to the interesting people you meet when you take the time to walk the docks. As we were making the rounds in San Diego last month, we met 84-year-old Tom Corogan, before he departed on October 9 aboard his Westsail 32 TLC. The Ohio native has many thousands of miles under his keel, including two Atlantic crossings, but has yet to accomplish his ultimate goal of rounding Cape Horn. This will be his sixth attempt at the feat. We think you'll find him as fascinating as we did. - latitude - richard



TC:  "I've owned TLC for 15 years and done a lot of ocean sailing with her. The upside is that she's comfortable. The downsides are that she's relatively slow and doesn't point well. But speed isn't important to me. Furthermore, it can get uncomfortable enough on the ocean in heavy boats like my Westsail, so I wouldn't go in a lighter boat.

I would like to mention that I have a lot of respect for my Monitor windvane, which is made by Scanmar of Richmond. I met the owner, Hans Bernwall, at the Miami Boat Show. The stronger the wind blows, the better the Monitor works. It's the reverse of a lot of marine equipment undefined such as my Autohelm autopilot. When beating up the western Caribbean for the Cayman Islands in the northeast trades last year, the Autohelm kept popping out of the bracket and trying to go over the side.

Luckily I had it tied to stay on the boat. I wanted both the vane and the autopilot because the vane follows windshifts, which isn't always a good thing."

Thomas Corogin from Angela Wilhelm on Vimeo in an interview after his rescue by the Chilean Navy.