WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- A Wilmington man set sail this morning on an adventure across the Atlantic. Greg Frucci, 50, says so many things have inspired him to go on this journey, and that it's just something he knows he needs to do.
It's the early Thursday morning, and Frucci, a former architect turned creative spirit, is getting ready for a month-long journey across the Atlantic. The trip is in honor of his father, a Marine Corps fighter pilot who died at sea during a fishing trip. But the trip across the ocean to Portugal will also serve as a personal journey to find inner peace.
"I decided to do this in October of 2010," Frucci said. "I was in Portugal, single, no real ties here except for some wonderful loving friends and a cousin."
Frucci's first stop is Bermuda.
"According to GPS it's 677 nautical miles from my boat to five fathoms, which is the entrance to a couple of places in Bermuda," he said.
The trip to Bermuda will take six days. The entire trip will take one month.
Frucci will be the only one on the sailboat, but he will be surrounded by several on-board cameras. Frucci will also video blog on his journey. All the recordings will be used for a documentary.
"There will be moments, I'm sure, I'll run into something, or it can be at night, I see lights of a big tanker very close, and that will be a scary moment. That's one of the things about this trip, too. It's an illustration of challenging fears," Frucci said.
Not focusing on fear, Frucci meticulously prepared throughout the morning for his adventure. The only thing that stopped him was his dog and best friend Lucky, who he left behind with his cousin.
After some last-minute checks and several quick but emotional goodbyes to his family, friends and supporters, Frucci set out on his journey. It's a journey that has already brought Frucci peace even before he set sail.
You can track Frucci throughout his journey and documentary online at coolchangeproductions.com