Brookhaven, NY – Captain Eric Forsyth is a renowned sailor and the author of An Inexplicable Attraction: My Fifty Years of Ocean Sailing, published in 2017.
Every trip, Forsyth made videos and wrote newsletters posted on his website, www.yachtfiona.com. Forsyth drew on these newsletters and his various logbooks to develop a narrative of his 50 years of sailing.
Born in England in 1932, Forsyth first explored the skies for the British Air Force. His talent as an engineer and pilot would eventually bring he and his wife Edith to Long Island, where they both worked for Brookhaven National Laboratories.
In 1964, the couple was introduced to sailing, a popular hobby on Long Island. The two made one trip across the Atlantic and decided to buy their own boat.
Sadly, Edith would pass from ovarian cancer shortly after. In 1995, Forsyth retired and set sail for a journey that would take him around the world for the next two and a half years.
“I’ve spent about half my time living on the boat,” says Forstyh. “I’ve sailed around the world twice. I’ve sailed around Cape Horn four times. I’ve sailed to the Antarctic and the Arctic several times each. I've been through the Northwest Passage.”
In 2000, Forsyth was awarded the Blue Water Medal from the Cruising Club of America, given once a year to one sailor for sailing. Forsyth has now made 27 Atlantic crossings under sail and is still sailing at age 87.
For more information on Eric B. Forsyth, visit www.yachtfiona.com/captain-forsyth
An Inexplicable Attraction: My Fifty Years of Ocean Sailing is available on Amazon.