Dream comes true as cou­ple sail across pond

The Oban Times - - Leisure -

A SAFE Oban land­ing brought a jour­ney of a life­time to an end af­ter two pen­sion­ers sailed into Dun­staffnage Ma­rina last week.

Debi Dennis and Jack Markin, two re­tired school­teach­ers from Amer­ica’s land­locked Mid­west ar­rived safely in Oban, af­ter a har­row­ing jour­ney across the At­lantic on a 38 foot yacht.

Rel­a­tively new to sail­ing, the cou­ple, both 57, met in col­lege 45 years ago and had long har­boured the dream of sail­ing across the At­lantic and land­ing in Scot­land.

It wasn’t un­til they re­tired this year as school teach­ers and part­time farm­ers that they were able to carry it out.


Debi and Jack made the cross­ing on the Iro­quois - a 38 foot Ohlson - in just over a month, af­ter more than a year of prepa­ra­tion. They ran into plenty of chal­lenges,

in­clud­ing storms and closer- than- com­fort calls with

pass­ing ships.

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