On Sept. 1, legendary American singer-songwriter Jimmy Buffett passed away at his home in Sag Harbor, Long Island, surrounded by family and friends. Beyond his long-time fame due to his music, the “Margaritaville” singer is a well-known sailor. In addition to his music career, Buffett was an avid sailor with a deep love for the sea. He often incorporated nautical and maritime themes into his music, and many of his songs, including “A Pirate Looks at Forty” and “Son of a Son of a Sailor,” reflect his passion for sailing and the ocean.
Buffett sailed extensively and is known for owning several sailboats and even a seaplane. His sailing adventures and lifestyle have been an integral part of his brand and persona. He also wrote books related to sailing and the ocean, such as “A Pirate Looks at Fifty.”
In addition to his personal sailing endeavors, Buffett was involved in various sailing-related events and initiatives. For example, he participated in sailing races and regattas and was associated with organizations that promote environmental conservation and marine preservation.
Overall, Buffett’s connection to sailing and the sea is a significant aspect of his identity, both as a musician and as an individual.
Sailing Magazine Publisher Bill Schanen credited sailing’s success to Buffett when he said, “Without Jimmy Buffett, there would be fewer sailors, a diminished sailing economy and a little less romance in our sport. Buffett was a force that helped power the growth of the bareboat charter phenomenon that energizes a large share of the sailing business world, supports sailboat builders and equipment makers and creates new sailors. Buffett was the muse, the piper, who led sailors and wannabe sailors to the Caribbean to rent sailboats and live the dream.”
Buffett had been fighting Merkel cell carcinoma, a form of skin cancer, for four years and continued to perform during treatment. He played his last show during a surprise appearance in Rhode Island in early July.