Guy is perhaps uniquely qualified to host such an event. After his success in the BOC, he found sponsorship and competed in the highest levels of professional sailing for many years. But eventually he grew tired of that and purchased a replica of Joshua Slocum's Spray that he sailed twice around the world, once alone and once with his family. After his pro sailing career, following Slocum's wake, on a replica of Slocum's boat, was an altogether different experience that he still cherishes.
Like Moitessier — who named his boat Joshua, after Joshua Slocum — Guy has a special place in his soul for the pre-eminent sailors who have gone before him. "I think we can learn a lot of things by being in touch with the past," he told me recently. "I enjoy giving tribute to the people who did it before, like Slocum and Moitessier. There are others, but I think they are the most important. It gives you a better feeling and motivation if you go out to sea and remember the past and try to understand how they sailed at the time. I have learned so much from the sea. And it's important to remember these people for the next generation, to keep their memory alive. It's something we owe them."