On March 26, Captain John Russell crossed the bar. Big John, The Gentle Giant, JR… since the early 1970’s, John and I have sailed thousands of offshore miles together. On one memorable Thanksgiving, about 600 miles offshore, we used wooden sail battens, canvas, flattened coke cans, and underwater epoxy to stem the gushing flow of seawater through the seams between the planks of Golden Eagle, a classic Alden wooden ketch. Undeterred, John sailed with me for years in numerous trips between the US and the West Indies. Later, John sailed with Eric Ritter in his various sized Tempests, racing hard and working hard. John joined the Dolan crew, skippering their Swan 57 Bravo over thousands of miles, both racing and cruising… For the rest of the story from Scuttlebutt Sailing News CLICK HERE!