Meeker native sails solo around Pacific on second research trip

Rory Wilson loads the fruit, vegetables and nuts that will sustain him on his second solo sail to Hawaii and the surrounding waters to carry out scientific research. He had trouble with the water-making machine on the first leg of his trip but he was able to repair the system.

Pictured is the KROSS, the one-man boat that former Meeker resident Rory Wilson designed, built and is sailing solo through the Pacific Ocean doing research on currents and other marine projects. Wilson left a month ago from Bainbridge, Washington, where he is a teacher on leave. On Monday he reached