My name is Ronnie Simpson and I am a sailor, writer and philanthropist. At 19 I got hit by an RPG in Iraq and retired from the Marine Corps. At 23, I bought a boat and moved to California. I took off that winter but tlost my boat at sea and ended up in China. From there, I rode most of the way around the world on a bicycle, ending up back in California. From there, i've pretty much been on sailboats the entire time to the tune of 40,000 miles at sea.
In addition to cruising my current boat, "MONGO", I have found a livelihood in offshore racing, race prep, yacht deliveries, yacht racing journalism and in teaching wounded veterans to sail. In March 2014, I will begin sailing my engineless Cal 2-27 solo from California to Australia. I hope to release my first book in 2014, which will chronicle my long journey from the battlefield of Iraq to chasing my life dream; sailing in the Vendée Globe race. This guy did a pretty job telling the story in 2011 and this one in 2013.
In addition to sailing goals I have become passionate about surfing, helping heal comat vets through sailing, traveling, writing and preservation of the environment.
Fair winds and following seas,
Ronnie circa 2012