N2E is an awesome race, Mac race is also awesome ( done both Macs and N2E). Would love to do the Bermuda and Transpac.
I found a certificate (attached is not the one from my father but exactly the same) that my father received while in the military and crossed over the 180th Meridian. My father was not a water person, he must have been pretty nervous on that journey.
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I was awarded one of those before I could even walk! My Mom and I took a steamer from San Francisco to Guam with a stop in Honolulu. I saw the thing recently in her basement, I better rescue it. Actually I crossed the 180th Meridian twice. A year and a half later on an airliner, if you could call the old piston craft of those days a 'liner'. They couldn't fly high enough to go over the tops of tropical thunderstorms and we got into some pretty serious according to my Mom. I was about two years old and had a stuffed puppy dog toy with me and my Mom says I was at the window seat watching every lightning strike as we plowed right through the nighttime thunderheads. She said the nearby passengers got really ugly when I started holding my toy puppy up to the window and say with glee, "Look Goggy, airplane fall down!"
I guess I should add that I was dyslexic when I was young...