router Walt Hack steers mariners clear of troubled waters.
By Tim Clark — July 2001
Having circumnavigated the globe on the 70-foot Zopilote and gone on to further exploits aboard the 64-foot Spirit of Zopilote, Bruce Kessler is doubtless an accomplished skipper. Even so, during almost every passage of significant length, he solicits professional advice when it comes to the weather.
called Walt from Cabo, and he told me, `Just wait,'"
Kessler says of his last trip up the Pacific coast of the Baja Peninsula.
"So I waited. Those first 150 miles from Cabo to Magdelena Bay are
notorious. You hardly ever get a correct general forecast. That first
day, three or four people off other boats heading north came by and asked
me when I was going. I told them I was waiting for good weather. Every
day somebody would give it a try and then limp back, all beat up. They'd
say, `It looked flat calm at midnight, then all of a sudden we just
got the shit kicked out of us. How did you know it was no good?'
After four days I finally got the go-ahead from Walt. I spread the word,
and we left that night and had a good trip up. After we reached San Diego,
every one of those other boats came and found me and thanked me once they
got in. And I kept having to say to them, `Don't thank me.
You have to thank Walt Hack. I just go when he says go and don't
go when he says don't.' And those guys just couldn't
understand that there was someone sitting in a house in New Jersey who
was telling me when that stretch from Cabo to Mag Bay was going to flatten
out. They just couldn't believe it."
This article originally appeared in the May 2003 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.