A 27-year-old Scotsman, Paul Johnson, left Fort Lauderdale, Florida for Britain on Sunday (June 12) aboard a 70-year-old, 18-foot sailboat.
Johnson kisses his wife
English flag on mast
Johnson goes aboard
Sailboat goes out
Signpost in water
Sailboat, Johnson on board
C.U. Rudder goes through water
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Background: A 27-year-old Scotsman, Paul Johnson, left Fort Lauderdale, Florida for Britain on Sunday (June 12) aboard a 70-year-old, 18-foot sailboat. He is making the 4,000 mile trip alone.
Mr. Johnson left behind a number of friends and his English wife of two days.
He purchased the "Venus" six years ago, and since then has travelled 18,000 miles in the North Atlantic, North Sea, South Atlantic and the Caribbean Sea.
On this voyage he plans to bake his own bread, read a good deal, paint seascapes and sleep at least ten hours a day.
Mr. Johnson plans to overtake Bill Verity, who is sailing a 12-foot boat to Ireland. although Mr. Verity left Fort Lauderdale several weeks ago, the youthful-looking Scottish sailor feels his boat is much faster than Verity's vessel.
The "Venus" still has its original caulking between the planks of the hull - a mixture of Shetland pony hair and tar.