The tale could have ended there, with another otherwise perfectly good boat having been left adrift at sea. Instead, that's where the story gets interesting. Before giving up the ship, Derk somehow pulled it together and lowered the main, trimmed his partially furled jib, and set his Monitor windvane to steer a course for the islands. In the meantime, an onboard GPS tracking device continued to broadcast Bela Bartok's position, and the other solo racers took note. And rallied, says Ronnie Simpson, an ex-U.S. Marine who's made a name for himself of late in singlehanded racing and adventure-sailing circles. For the record, he won his division of the TransPac on his Moore 24, Hope for the Warriors/US 101. I caught up with him via phone as he drove north in mid-August to jump aboard and deliver an Island Packet 380 from Hanalei Bay to Seattle.