Mike Plant, who in a perfect world would've just turned 52, has been in my thoughts a lot lately. In September, I had the honor of inducting him into the Museum of Yachting's Singlehanded Sailing Hall of Fame in Newport, Rhode Island. And this month, for better and for worse, we're presenting two stories that call him to mind. The first is certainly the more upbeat of the pair. In the late 1980s, Mike, who won his class in the 1986-87 BOC Challenge, took under his wing a starstruck 19-year-old who'd asked him to lunch to grill him about solo sailing, a sport he was anxious to pursue. At the end of a long meal, during which Mike fielded countless queries, he left the young man with some final advice: "The only way you're really going to get your questions answered is to get out there and do it yourself."