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Rescued Lawyer, 84, Says Age Is No Impediment to Another Cape Horn Solo Sailing Try

Posted Jan 10, 2012 7:56 AM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss

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An 84-year-old lawyer who was rescued during his sixth attempt to sail solo around the tip of South America says he may try again.

Thomas Louis Corogin was rescued by the Chilean navy after a piece of rigging broke and his attempts to fix it didn’t work, the Associated Press reports. He says rounding Cape Horn has always been a dream.

“Age means nothing,” Corogin told AP. “What is important is that you are alive, so I don’t worry about numbers. I worry about life. That, I think, is more important.”

Corogin runs a small marina in Port Clinton, Ohio, and gives sailing lessons. His boat is lost after the rescue, and he will have to go back to work to pay for a new one. “Sometimes it’s dangerous, it’s expensive,” he told AP. “Now I lost my boat and I have no insurance. But for some reason I want to go back.”

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