Taylor Michie - May 13 - 19
Taylor Michie, 13, attended the Volvo Ocean Race stopover in Baltimore-Annapolis for the 2005-06 event, and it changed his life. Taylor was so inspired by the experience he wrote a story about the race. What started out as a short story assignment at St. Mary’s Elementary School blossomed into a 108-page self-published book entitled, “Racing Winds.” The organizers for this year’s Volvo Ocean Race stopover in Boston were so impressed with Taylor’s writing, enthusiasm and dedication they invited him to Boston over the in-port race weekend and asked him to be their ‘reporter of the day’. Here is an excerpt of what he wrote: “By the beginning of the second race, things were taking a turn for the worst, in terms of the weather. In a matter of 15 minutes, what might have been a perfectly good day had turned into a dreary, foggy one. So dense was the fog, that we could not even see the hulls of the boats, which was a bit of a fundamental problem for us passengers on what is, essentially, the play-by-play boat… Another highlight, after I returned to the dock, was meeting Knut Frostad, the CEO of the Volvo Ocean Race. After thanking him for inviting me here (something I probably did in excess of 100 times), I gave him a copy of my book, and he presented me with a printout of Mark Chisnell's book about the 2008-2009 race, Spanish Castle to White Night. I am reading it now as I write this article ... How's that for multi-tasking?” To learn more about "Racing Winds”, visit the web site a www.racingwinds.com.