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Old 07-17-2011, 10:39 AM
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My wife and I are great friends of MIke. In fact I was just with him this week and as usual he inspired me with his incredible enthusiasm for offshore boating. He died the way he lived and we will miss him dearly. Our thoughts and love go out to his family.
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Old 07-17-2011, 10:44 AM
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Knew Mike from donzi.org, he certainly was a great guy. Our thoughts and prayers to Mike's family, and also the other person injured.

Godspeed Mike, see you on the big pond.
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Old 07-17-2011, 10:50 AM
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Two years ago Mike invited me to go on a poker run with him up on Narragansett Bay. It was the first time I met his son as he was just a little guy when we raced back in the day. He joined us in the boat that day.

We showed up with Mike's 27 foot Magnum sedan with the twin 300 HP outboard Mercs. All the other boats came with their assortment of blowers and number 6 drives etc. Total boat count was close to 30. Mike's son said it looks like we are outclassed....Mike and I laughed and said let's see how we do at the end of the day.

First stop we were the 5th boat, second stop we were the 4th boat and the lunch stop we were the 3rd boat in, behind a 38 foot Cigarette with blower motors and a 32 foot Sutphen.

We explained to his son that the difference was navigation. We didn't follow the boat wakes of the other runners, but set our own course and followed as straight a line as possible. That was old school open ocean racing skills and we both still loved doing it.

I could see the pride come up in his son's eyes for his dad. What first appeared to be a day in an old out of date boat with outboards, proved to his son to be a day worth remembering....which I am sure he is doing right now.

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I didn't know Mike, although sounds like the OSO community knew him quite well. Prayers and thoughts to family and friends. RIP "High Life"
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Old 07-17-2011, 10:52 AM
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RIP! My thoughts and prairs go out to his family and friends. Very sad.
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I've had some scary flights off cruiser and freighter wakes. RIP
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Only knew him on OSO but felt like i knew him as a friend. RIP high life
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Two years ago Mike invited me to go on a poker run with him up on Narragansett Bay. It was the first time I met his son as he was just a little guy when we raced back in the day. He joined us in the boat that day.

We showed up with Mike's 27 foot Magnum sedan with the twin 300 HP outboard Mercs. All the other boats came with their assortment of blowers and number 6 drives etc. Total boat count was close to 30. Mike's son said it looks like we are outclassed....Mike and I laughed and said let's see how we do at the end of the day.

First stop we were the 5th boat, second stop we were the 4th boat and the lunch stop we were the 3rd boat in, behind a 38 foot Cigarette with blower motors and a 32 foot Sutphen.

We explained to his son that the difference was navigation. We didn't follow the boat wakes of the other runners, but set our own course and followed as straight a line as possible. That was old school open ocean racing skills and we both still loved doing it.

I could see the pride come up in his son's eyes for his dad. What first appeared to be a day in an old out of date boat with outboards, proved to his son to be a day worth remembering....which I am sure he is doing right now.
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Old 07-17-2011, 12:15 PM
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Prayer's and condolences....Godspeed "RIP"
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