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Old 27-07-2008, 13:46   #1
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is this still a non-stop circumnavigation?

Hi i am planning to circumnavigate the globe solo and non-stop.

I would be leaving from Dubai, so my route will be different than the traditional route departures from france/england.

Ideally, i would like to take the easiest and safest passage which is via the suez canal and panama canal. however not sure if that is going to qualify for non-stop record.

The other route options are as follows:

1. leaving from dubai, acros the indian ocean around cape leeuwin and then around cape horn or thru the islands around cape horn.

2. leaving from dubai and a more northerly route across the indian ocean (rounding India), the south china sea and across the north pacific, thru thepanama canal, thru the suez and back to dubai.

I am aware that I will have to cross the equator atleast twice to quality and that the minimum distance should be 23,000 miles (WRSCC rules).

since i am doing it for the first time, i am a little concerned about going via the Capes and damage to the boat.
Is there an easier passage around cape horn, that does not require venturing too further south?
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Old 27-07-2008, 15:58   #2
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I think any route that causes you to interact with canal or security officials will force you to make a “stop”, thereby defeating your stated intent.

A prudent sailor with a well found boat and access to weather analysis can safely make the traditional passage south of the great Capes.

Much safer staying in the lower latitudes with the prevailing westerly’s these days …… than dealing with pirates coming out of the Red Sea.

It all depends on your confidence as a sailor
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I think any route that causes you to interact with canal or security officials will force you to make a “stop”, thereby defeating your stated intent.

A prudent sailor with a well found boat and access to weather analysis can safely make the traditional passage south of the great Capes.

Much safer staying in the lower latitudes with the prevailing westerly’s these days …… than dealing with pirates coming out of the Red Sea.

It all depends on your confidence as a sailor
I have to concur and add that anchoring and staying on board is not considered as "stopping"; however anchoring and going ashore is considered "stopping". AFAIK.
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