Plant’s story is one of perseverance and grit. After seeing a film about circumnavigation, Plant quit his construction job to race singlehanded around the world. His career was driven by his thirst for adventure. In 1987, Plant won his class in the BOC Challenge, the first of two in which he would compete. In 1989, he was on the start line again, this time at the Globe Challenge, which, unlike the BOC, was a nonstop race. Plant was the quintessential great American yachtsman; he was the only sailor of his kind competing in the same arena — much less on the same level — as the French ocean racers.