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Author: Eric B. Forsyth

Eric Forsyth grew up in Bolton, England. After obtaining a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering at Manchester University, he served as an RAF fighter pilot in the 1950s. He obtained a master’s degree at Toronto University in 1960 and then worked until his retirement in 1995 at Brookhaven National Laboratory on Long Island, New York, leading the development of superconducting cables suitable for high capacity underground AC transmission systems. In 1986 he was appointed Chair of the Accelerator Development Department, which was responsible for the construction and design of several particle accelerators, including preconstruction design and planning of the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider, now the largest nuclear physics research tool in the U.S. Forsyth is a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineering (IEEE); in 2007 he was presented with the Herman Halperin Award for Power Transmission and Distribution development, the highest distinction awarded annually by the IEEE for research in this field.

When he moved to Long Island for the position at Brookhaven National Labs, Forsyth took up sailing and quickly became hooked, as he recounts in his book An Inexplicable Attraction: My Fifty Years of Ocean Sailing. Upon retirement, he devoted his years to the global ocean cruising that he had dreamed of doing. In addition to sharing his experiences in this memoir, Captain Forsyth maintains a web site—www.yachtfiona.com—with stories, photos, and videos from his voyages, book reviews of his memoir, articles that he has written, and crew calls when planning another cruise.  His Facebook page is also called Yacht Fiona.

Captain Forsyth has been honored by fellow sailors with the Seven Seas Award from the Seven Seas Cruising Association, and the Blue Water Medal, given annually by the Cruising Club of America to a single amateur sailor worldwide.

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