After yet another extraordinary voyage, the question from a reporter was, "When were your spirits at the lowest ebb?" "When the gin gave out." remarked Sir Francis Chichester. Ah, but Chichester was a skilled sailor who became the first person to sail single-handed around the world by the clipper route, and the fastest circumnavigator, getting it done in just nine months and one day overall. He did stop for one refitting. All spirits ebb and flow like the waves at the greatest beaches; ride them like a skilled Hawaiian surfer.