Phill Stegall, designer Walter Green and Sebago’s Vice President at the time, Dan Wellehan. (Sailing World Archives /)
Ed.’s note: A few years ago, I used to run into this guy at the coffee shop up the road from Sailing World HQ. I knew he was in the industry. That did something with composites. He once hinted he building a trimaran in his garage. Slow going. As men of few words, we’d nod and head our separate ways. When I finally learned his name, I got that sense I’d heard his name before. Something he did, before my time. Another thing before my time was Sebago. I know it’s famous, but I’d never knew of Phil Stegall’s adventures. Then one day, recently, I open the February 1989 issue and Phil’s story grabbed my attention. I don’t why. Maybe the title, and the little square photo of his cool looking trimaran. So, distracted from what I was doing, I took a seat and read his yarn. It’s a good one. And it’s nice to be able to finally put a face to a name to a story. Enjoy. —D.R.