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 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.