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    • Remembering Claiborne, 1951-2014

      On June 14th the Salty Southeast Cruisers’ Net Team pauses to remember our founder and our friend, Claiborne Young, who was taken from us four years ago in a tragic accident. Because he is with us on every page of his website, it is still hard to believe that he is gone. We hope that you, too, will continue to see him in the work we are continuing.


      Claiborne Sellars Young 1951-2014

      Claiborne S. Young was considered one of the foremost authorities on cruising the waters of the Southeast, having written numerous cruising guides from North Carolina to Mobile, AL, as well as creating video guides along the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway through the Carolinas. Claiborne was a larger than life man with a huge dream and a large family of cruising and boating friends that boated or cruised the coastal and near coastal waters from all over the south from Virginia to Alabama. He was a real people person, meeting and making new friends wherever he went. We remember and miss his tireless commitment to serving the cruising community concerning water access, clean water, navigational rights, safety, as well as providing information that would make every cruise most enjoyable. His ability to tell a story was unmatched and made him a very popular quest speaker. In his rich southern drawl, Claiborne’s ability to tell you where to anchor safely or visit a marina comfortably was matched equally by his yearn for a fine and enjoyable dining experience. In his own words, “a gastric-intestinal delight” or “cholesterol enriching experience.”

      Since his tragic and untimely death in June four years ago, his Salty Southeast Cruisers’ Net team of associates has worked to keep Claiborne’s dream alive by continuing to provide detailed, up-to-date cruising information free of charge to the boating and cruising community. This work, Claiborne’s dream, is supported by maritime business sponsors contributing to the growth and sustenance of our online services. The SSECN Team is constantly upgrading the site with easier to open and read graphics, new data formats and the latest technology such as bathymetry depth recordings available on all ChartView pages, as well as a powerful mobile app putting all the tools of Cruisers’ Net and more in the palm of your hand.

      The members of the SSECN Team are most grateful to all our sponsors and to all the boaters and cruisers who continue to support, contribute, and participate with us. We are dedicated to keeping Claiborne’s life’s work alive. Sail on Captain Young and God’s Speed!

      And we are ever so grateful for your continued participation: “CRUISERS HELPING CRUISERS!”

      Kaye Adams
      Larry Dorminy
      Winston Fowler
      Curtis Hoff

      Comments from Cruisers (4)

      1. Chuck Baier -  June 21, 2018 - 11:15 am

        We still miss you and think of you often my friend. Chuck and Susan

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      2. Barb Hansen -  June 16, 2018 - 8:07 am

        Vic and I still miss Claiborne and think of him often. You are right, it’s still hard to believe that he is gone.
        Thanks for continuing his work with such passion and commitment.
        Best regards,
        Barb Hansen
        Southwest Florida Yachts, Inc.
        Florida Sailing & Cruising School

        Reply to Barb
      3. Bobbie Blowers -  June 15, 2018 - 2:05 pm

        He was a great personal friend and one I even “worked for” for a short time. He is very much missed. As stated above, ya’ll are doing a great job as well. Personally, I’d love to see you expand your efforts into the Chesapeake where many cruisers and liveaboards spend their summers.

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      4. Steve and Jo Oakley on the trawler Good Hope -  June 17, 2016 - 1:37 pm

        We also think of Claiborne every time we view the website, which is at least twice a week when at the dock and many times a day when cruising. (He and my wife share the same hometown and graduated a couple of years apart from the same high school). There will certainly never be anyone to take his place. However, there should be a tremendous amount of praise for you who have carried on after his death and kept his dream alive. There is no way to overstate the value of the website to the cruising community, and we wish you continued success in the future.

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