Blind Man Challenges the Seas on an Around-The-World Sail


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The heart-stirring story of Dennis Howard might inspire many other physically challenged people to face stimulating situations that otherwise they would have thought as impossible. Dennis had decided to sail the world in a 20-feet boat despite being legally blind. The 62-year old guy has sailed the waters of nearly all oceans until his eyes were blinded by glaucoma.

However, he was operated by Dr. David Gritz, an associate professor of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences at New York’s Montefiore Hospital who further stopped his eyesight deterioration by surgery leaving his vision at 7% which has remained the same for the last few years. His right eye is completely blind while his left eye is able to see, what Dennis calls “through a small drinking straw”.

Dennis’s journey around the world will take him 2-years which probably would extend. He plans to sail on November 11 from San Diego from where he will travel to South Mexico before crossing into the Pacific Ocean.

His boat, an Avalo is fitted with all the green technologies such as radio communications equipment powered by wind and solar power. It also features wind vane autopilot, VHF and HF radios, a GPS system; a propane stovetop, and a Fusion sound system.

Dennis’s primary intention behind this journey is to inspire similar people who need to think “they can”.

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