They call me LJ.
Once upon a time, there was a sailor who went by Big Lou.  He should have been born 200 years earlier, during the glory age of piracy on the high seas.  Alas, destine to roam the modern oceans aboard a ship Risqué...

 

The Risqué Story

The Risqué story from the beginning.  Risqué was born, 1979, a small flat bottomed "A" Scow on Pewaukee Lake, WI USA.  As time went on, Risqué grew into a Ron Holland 1986 Swan 43. Risqué is now an adult 1998 German Frers Swan 57RS. The crew of Risqué, Lou & Jacky & LJ Morgan, Bill Slater and Tom Williams are now packing for their trip of a lifetime, The Millennium Odyssey!  The trip will take us around the world, from Greenwich, England to Antigua, West Indies, in two years.  The entire route, maps and all can be found on the Millennium Odyssey web site.  As you'll see, there are three routes for this race.  Risqué will be traveling south along Europe, south along the coast of S.A., down to Antarctica, around the Cape Horn, through the South Pacific, across the top of Australia, through the Indian Ocean, around Cape Hope, across the Atlantic and up to Antigua. 

Packing has become quite a project.  More gear than we imagined.  How are we going to get it all over to Pietarsaari?

Our preparations for the journey began in the Summer of 1997 with the decision to purchase the new Risqué.  Although the 43 had proven very reliable as an ocean traveler, we decided that it might be a bit cramped on such a long voyage.  The fall of 1997 was spent reviewing floor plans, electronic equipment, radio telecom…  With the boat prepared and Nautor doing their thing in Finland, the spring of 1998 was spent "gearing up."  Research and investigation of clothing, foul weather gear, safety equipment, software, etc.  Lists and lists everywhere!  We also had some training to complete.  The Morgan's all took the Red Cross first aid and CPR classes.  Training for Lou & Jacky includes 5:45 A.M. aerobics at our local YMCA.  LJ trains doing daily farm work. (Probably easier!)  Bill does 12oz curls 6 days a week!  Tom throws around plumbing fixtures.  As our departure time nears, we are beginning to scramble.