Father’s Day was originally built at 5 feet 6 inches long. On Vihlen’s first attempt out of St. John’s, Newfoundland, he met his rival and new found friend Tom McNally who was also pursuing the record of crossing the North Atlantic from West to East. Tom’s boat the, Big C, was 1 and 1/2 inches smaller that the Father’s Day. The first attempt out of Cape Cod was thwarted by the U.S. Coast Guard. Vihlen decided to leave from Canada where the distance was shorter, the currents were closer and the U.S. Coast Guard was absent. But he failed on his second attempt due to light and variable winds. That is when he went home and cut 2 inches off of his boat. In 1993 he set out again from Saint Johns Newfoundland sailing to Falmouth, England in a 5 foot 4 inch sailboat taking 115 days.
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