Now, I wanted Shaman to prevail. The shaman is the conduit between the people and the spirit world. And so this boat was to me. I built Shaman, an 88-foot sloop, in 1997 to explore remote parts of the world. I envisioned her as a sanctuary where those I loved could be invigorated by contact with the wildest and most powerful parts of the planet, and then return, strengthened, to the challenges of life. We had taken Shaman to South Georgia and Antarctica (featured in Yachting, October 2004), Spitzbergen and the Galapagos. Now, it was time to head to Kamchatka.