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It all started when...

Home schooled on a boat growing up, Rhys Balmer's first watery steps were as a youngster. By 13 he could hand, reef, and steer the 60 foot wood ketch that the family cruised around for 5 years in Latin America. Years later when he was spending his summer evenings after teaching sailing in the day, driving a tow boat he met Martin Gibson another sailing instructor from a school just up river. Rhys invited Martin to come racing to substitute for crew on his race boat at the time. A series of wins later and a friendship was born. It wasn't long before ideas of racing in bigger waters began to take shape.

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 Evermoore

Evermoore

Enter the Moore 24 and the plan to do the Pacific Cup double handed.

A year and a half of modification and 2000 miles of blue water and Martin and Rhys had their first ocean crossing and a second place under their belt.

Many hours of work went into the modifications to the boat and building a full suit of sails for the race but after those first wobbling steps on land, it was all worth it. See the link below for the story in 48 North