Voyage around the world ends in tragedy

Updated 10:50 AM ET, Sat March 16, 2013
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When he was in his 20s, Quen Cultra built a boat and sailed it around the world. Forty years later, the retired Illinois real estate developer was ready for another adventure. Leo Sherman
Cultra, left, recruited friends Leo Sherman, center, and Joe Strykowski to set sail for an around-the-world journey. Leo Sherman
Former school superintendent Leo Sherman wasn't sure he would like sailing when he agreed to join the voyage. Leo Sherman
The three men and other crew set sail from the Florida Keys in August 2007, a date marking the 40th anniversary of Cultra's first round-the-world sail. They made stops in Belize, Panama, Ecuador, the Galapagos, Tahiti, Bora Bora, Samoa, Australia, Bali and Mauritius. They took their time, enjoying the endless horizons of the seas and meeting up with family and friends along the way.
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The crew prepared meals in the catamaran's intimate galley. Stuart McMahon
On January 19, 2009, two tropical cyclones -- or hurricanes -- bore down on Madagascar, near where the Queequeg was sailing. NASA/Jeff Schmaltz
The storms generated powerful waves that overturned the Queequeg II as it headed from Mauritius to Madagascar. Courtesy U.S. Coast Guard
Leo Sherman talks to the U.S. Coast Guard five minutes after he was pulled from the water by the crew of the Auto Banner. M/V AUTO BANNER
Leo Sherman is reunited with his wife and two children at Chicago's O'Hare Airport. Melissa Sherman
Four years later, Leo Sherman is finally able to share his story. He recently told his harrowing tale of survival to the Los Angeles Adventurers Club. Michael Martinez/CNN