Claiborne and I go back to the formative days of the Salty Southeast Net. We met several times in Oriental to discuss format, software
limitations and affordability, information sources, and the like. His aim was to provide current
and relevant information to ICW
cruisers, a free resource that would be updated by its users with a minimum of editorial changes; information for cruisers, by cruisers, in a real time format that was immediately usable. Through several iterations, software
upgrades and personal struggles, Claiborne always held to his basic premise of providing a rock solid information resource to the boating
public, the scope
of which covered everything from knot
tying to political action. That Claiborne was an experienced and capable cruiser himself lent credibility to his valuable contribution to his fellow boaters. Through all of this Claiborne's character, integrity and endearing personality was apparent. His pleasant demeanor, sense of humor
and ability to communicate showed through to all who met him. He will be sorely missed but leaves a wealth of good memories with those in the cruising community.
Fair winds and Godspeed, Claiborne Young, our good friend. We wish you calm anchorages
, beautiful sunsets, the fellowship of your friends, and peace.