Originally Posted by monte
I'm not sure how the blog translated, but one of his first thoughts after being dismasted, while still trying to secure the rig was anticipation of all the interesting new people he would meet while undertaking repairs and some excitement at not knowing how he would finance them. Crazy? maybe ..maybe not
It is difficult to figure out about someone personality just through a blog.
My personal understanding is that Johnny is far from being crazy.
He just writes in a light tone, not giving too much importance to whatever bad things when they happen.
screws keeping breaking and which he fixes himself (which suggest a poor design and NOT a lack of maintenance), bag with laptop
stolen, bicycle too, nice girl with whom he spends enjoyable time, treats with respect but who eventually ask for money
should he consider something else than a friendly relationship...
Even when betrayed buy some charter
, he is never bitter.
He cares for his dog, his boat, the sea and himself, not in a self centered way.
He writes somewhere that he has a German passport, has lived in the Vlanderen (Flemish Belgium) for 9 years, his French is beautiful, he has learned Portuguese in Brazil
, I have no doubt that he speaks English
(how can you travel without speaking English ?).
So that is 5 languages (German, Dutch, French, English, Portuguese) !!!
Should you check his blog, you can see that he spends a lot of time maintening his boat, uses his language skills to shop for the best price
wherever he is, get professional jobs done (see pix of boat "on the hard" after his initial Atlantic crossing).
Somebody mentionned that he was concerned about the strenght of his 1985 mast, which is correct, but he had extra running backstays
fitted to reinforce it.
Definitely not crazy, a keen sailor, a nice chap.