Welcome aboard to Randall Reeves! Randall started sailing in high school on the San Joaquin River and continued in the Bay and ultimately venturing across the globe solo. Randall completed Figure 8 Voyage around the world last year being the first solo sailor to complete the feat, taking 306 days. We are excited to have Randall on as an ambassador this year, representing solo sailors, ocean voyagers, and all sailors with big dreams.
Tell us a bit about yourself!
As a young man, I learned to sail on the San Joaquin River via the Stockton Sailing Club. Even then sailing solo was the dream. I used to "borrow" the family boat for singlehanded jaunts down the river to San Francisco Bay. As an adult, I sailed a Far East Mariner 31 on the bay for years and then made my first ocean passages in her in 2010/12. In 2017, I set out to complete a Figure 8 Voyage around the world. That was a longish trip. It took a couple of tries.
What is your favorite color?
Whatever color the ocean is today.
Preferred type of sailing:
Cruising and Open Ocean
Dubbel and Jesse aluminum expedition sloop, built 1989
MOLI (Hawaiian name for the Laysan Albatross)
San Francisco, CA
Favorite Point of Sail:
How long have you been sailing?
Since High School
What do you love about sailing?
Wind, waves; sense of freedom; sense of discovery.
How long have you been participating in Summer Sailstice?
This is my first year.
What are your Summer Sailstice plans for 2021?
None yet. Will advise.
Are you a part of any sailing clubs, fleets or organizations?
Ocean Cruising Club; Cruising Club of America member.
Why do you want to be a Summer Sailstice Ambassador?
To help get more people involved in sailing.
How do you plan to promote Summer Sailstice?
In talks and on my website.
Who is your sailing hero?
As a young man, Bernard Moitessier; as an adult, Webb Chiles and Jon Sanders.
What is your bucket list sailing trip?
The islands of the Southern Ocean, slowly. But I'd settle for Hanalei Bay!--one of the best spots on earth.
Favorite Sailing Movie?
Kenneth Branagh's Shackleton and Tim Jarvis's Chasing Shackleton