Hound in Sailing World: Running with the Pack

A year ago, I shared that I’m working on a book about a boat called Hound. Since then, I’ve become a bit of a groupie… because I so enjoy the people who sail on her.

Which is why I spent far too much time last weekend refreshing the tracker to check their progress in the 2024 Newport to Bermuda Race. The iconic 636 mile race was the first one the boat ever sailed (in 1970), and this was the fourteenth time Hound participated. We went out to watch the start on Coastal Queen, but once they left Narragansett Bay we could only follow electronically. Now I can happily report that they finished first in class (for the second time in a row, and the fourth time ever), and second overall— the boat’s best-ever St. David’s Lighthouse division finish. Nice job, team!

All in the name of research: heading out of Falmouth Harbor, Antigua, for a practice sail with owner Dan Litchfield and navigator Ed Cesare. Photo: PaulCroninStudios

The June issue of Sailing World includes a story about Hound’s Caribbean 600 history and results, and the magazine’s editor has graciously allowed me to share the PDF with you below. I think it shows why this is such an easy boat to root for, as well as how much the crew enjoys pushing hard on such a beautiful classic. It’s also the first time that Paul’s photos have illustrated a story I wrote for a magazine, a wonderful example of how we intertwine work and play into the best possible life.

Got a question about Hound? I can probably answer it! Send me an email, or leave a comment below. And don’t forget to follow this handy QR code to your very own Sailing World subscription; there are plenty of other great stories inside.

Thanks for joining me on this incredible journey, and happy summer.

Read Running with the Pack

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