SV J. Henry

The First Apparent Winds Journey

J. Henry…. What an incredible boat. Really, she has become a part of my family and a big part
of my life. If you don’t know, J. Henry was a 1971 Hinckley Bermuda 40. With 40ft of length
overall and 28.6ft of length on the water, she was not a very big boat. She was, however, built
like a tank. She was built extremely well and for what it’s worth, she was/is beautiful.
In 2019, we departed Charleston, SC aboard J. Henry for a two-year circumnavigation of the
world. In March of 2020, we finished our first Pacific crossing from Panama to the Marquesas,
French Polynesia. It was then that we caught word of the growing global pandemic. That event
changed our route and changed the future of Apparent winds. Our course changed and that
unwanted (at the time) change provided the inspiration for the much larger expedition we are
now undertaking. Not only that, but if we weren’t forced to change course, then our current
crew wouldn’t have ever met. I think of that fact often…
J. Henry holds a very sweet place in my heart and in the hearts of all who have had the
opportunity to sail aboard her. We hope to see her every now and then. We hope to visit her.
She holds a spirit that grew with us through countless adventures; some exciting, some
terrifying, some sad and some fantastically blissful.
J. Henry, you were the vessel of our souls as we sailed 25,000 nautical miles of ocean. We are
forever thankful. Fair winds.


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