Passano has crossed the Atlantic nine times and has sailed to Nova Scotia, Newfoundland, the Azores, the Canary Islands, the Bahamas, and all over the Caribbean. In the Pacific, he's sailed as far west as Australia and as far south as Tasmania. More often than not, he has crew along for the ride, but in 1996, he decided to tackle the route back home from New Zealand to Maine alone--around Cape Horn--and sure enough, he encountered a violent storm. "It was pretty scary," Passano admits. "I had no sail up." He dealt with Force 11 and 12 winds for more than 20 hours, and Sea Bear was knocked down several times.