While I have been alone out here, the reality is that it has taken a huge team of amazing people who have made this all possible. The below is a dedication to those who have provided inspiration, offered me their advice or given me a helping hand in times of need.
It’s appropriate to start this dedication with my dad, Dan Hennessy, for introducing me to the sea, and my mom, Dottie Hennessy, for giving me the strength to sail upon it. Thank you.
Merf Owen and Alan Clarke - From your minds and pens comes this boat. I am carried across oceans by your ideas. I came to you in 2006 as a client, sailed piles of miles with you as a student and am glad to be able to call you guys a mate.
Martin Boulter – Thank you for building a boat that has carried me safely over 70,000 ocean miles. Good things come out of Totnes!
The Class40 – From the sailors to the Board, everyone I have had the pleasure to sail with, break bread with, tip a glass with and work with in this Class has welcomed me with open arms. This is a very special group and thank you for encouraging me to be part of it.
Mark Washeim of Doyle Sailmakers. 20 years ago I asked you if I should buy a carbon jib for my C+C 35. You talked me out of spending needless money. Honest, dedicated and the best designs, builds and service in the business. Would you have ever guessed where the winds have taken us?
Pauline, for your patience and understanding.
Paul Peggs – Brexit be damned. You are the cross border Euro preparateur extraordinaire that has taken me the final miles to the start of this race. Thank you for your experience and calm presence.
Britt Colombo and Toby Mueller of Carbon Ocean Yachts – From those terrible days in 2014 when we had to put Dragon back together, to the beautiful work in 2016 when we turbo’d Dragon with a new keel, you have been an important part of the journey of recovery, back to this race. I sleep better offshore knowing that your work keeps Dragon upright.
Siebe Noordzy and Mike Vellucci of Euromarine Trading – If Martin built the boat, you certainly have dressed her up. Through every iteration of NKE electronics and Antal hardware, you have patiently supported my wild ideas and endless refinements. I would not be out here if not for your support.
Kyle Hubley – I am blessed with the opportunity to sail with some really talented folks, and you are at the top of the list. The range of your skills combined with a great sailing instinct makes you a rare one. Thanks for taking such good care of Dragon.
Adam and the crew at Rocking the Boat – To the students from the South Bronx building boats and learning marine science on the Harlem River, and the educators who are showing them the beauty that can be found on and under the water, I salute you. You are an inspiration.
Muriel Robin, Vanessa and Catherine - Mumu, you were there at the beginning as Class Administrator and was the first friendly voice I heard as I joined the Class. Vanessa and Catherine, you have taken the tiller and helped the Class40 stay on even keel. You all have been the glue that holds this Class together. Thank you.
Hugh Piggin and Juliana Barbieri – Thank you for establishing the Atlantic Cup. The education I have gotten from the chance to race against the best Class40s in North America has been priceless, and a huge amount of fun.
Brian Harris and the crew at Maine Yacht Center – Two refits and endless effort to make Dragon faster and better. I love getting work done in Portland and at MYC for all sorts of reasons, but most of all the people. A big thanks to Steve T, Steve E, Will, Sam, Nathanial and Rob.
Jim Stone. When I pretend to be a rigger, I pretend to be you! I am proud that Dragon was Gorilla Rigging’s very first customer. Beautiful, tight work.
Rob Windsor – Dragon has thrived under your care over the years. Every mile I sail with you reminds me to never, never, never quit. Your heart is unmatched.
Spike Lobdell and the team at New England Science and Sailing – I know Dragon only spends a few short weeks a year at her home at NESS, but I promise they are her happiest weeks. What an unbelievable opportunity, adventure and education that you are providing to the youth of southeastern Connecticut.
My co-workers at Morgan Stanley. Thanks for covering for me while I go chase my dream! See you soon.
The students of College Bebel in Sainte-Rose Guadeloupe - Thank you for joining team Dragon for the Route du Rhum. I am proud to be your representative, and looking forward to meeting all of you when I arrive in Guadeloupe!
All of you who have followed the race. I have been a fan of this race for a really long time and it's been a lot more fun knowing that there are people who enjoy watching this.