My plan is to try to be the youngest person to circumnavigate the globe single handed in a catamaran.
So how old do you have to be to still win and how much time do you have left? We really need this basic information. Being in a hurry while sailing is always dangerous and something most all of us will tell you.
As to the list in reverse order:
Grace and Luck are things you already have as much of as you are going to get and while it may not be enough you at least shouldn't forget you already have them. It can take a lifetime to get more. Therein lies your problem. You'll have to go with what you have now.
Being the youngest to complete the trip might be a record
you seek but being the poorest to make the attempt and never leave is clearly a possible record
You have to be ready to raise money
to actually get any. You'll need some sort of biography listing:
1. Any sailing achievements you have attained. None are too trivial. Toy boat sailing counts. A swimming medal would be very nice too. People need to know you swim well. I can't say why really. It's not like you would swim even some of the way but it matters a lot. Make do with the best effort you can.
2. A list of any dead military heroes you are even remotely related to. Any really dead British naval heroes and the checks will be in the mail by this weekend. There is no degree of remote
that does not count. If your great great grandmother kissed Lord Nelson
it's all we need.
3. A list of any living famous people you might also be related to and any others that will say they know you marked with an asterisk. This one is almost as good as the 2nd. You need to show a context of greatness. We all know great people do great things. Appearing to be great is great enough.
4. Pictures of yourself in either adventurous poses doing something athletic, cute pictures, and at least one baby picture (sorry very important). Any home movies from you at the beach are golden.
All this is to say you need a publicist (we don't loan out Gord so don't ask). You need a story. It needs to be a great story. People that don't have money
need a way to get it from those that do.
People that have it don't give it away on a whim. Associating with famous people makes you famous too. Famous people always like to become involved with the causes of other famous people. Being generous with money in front of famous people or in front of people that could tell famous people always yields the largest bag of money. We are not talking an advance on the allowance here. We are talking a full sack of money. You need a big one.
: Rich people like it when you think they are ten times richer than they really are. Asking for too much money is never embarrassing. They like to think that you think they can afford it. Just don't expect them to give it all to you. Being nice always matters. It's cheap
so just do it.
You'll need a parent that will appear on TV and say wonderful things about how well prepared you are even if you are not exactly prepared at this moment. You will need past school
teachers, baby sitters, local merchants, and interesting folks from your home town that all remember you well as a child (even if they really don't). They also need to say great things about you too. They need to say more than "Oh a very nice child". "Always knew there was sailing blood in that child" is much better. Chat them up since they may know or be related to famous people too. Their credibility is your credibility.
All this is to boost public confidence. People not only have to think you can do it but more important they have to want you to do it and just enough to give you money.
No one wants to say they contributed to the youngest sailor lost
at sea while attempting to circumnavigate. Consider how stupid people would say they were. "You killed that child. Just what were you thinking" Older people think these things, it's how they get old. If you want to raise money this is the biggest problem to watch out for. A little bit will sink the boat.
Pelagic was indeed to the point and correct. All the rest of the list gets sorted out later provided you don't grow up and blow the title on a technicality. When you raise enough money and have some publicity the rest of the gear
and stuff will find you easily from all the attention. You'll have more places to stay than time to stay in them.
It is often that working a list backward is best. Yours appears to be perfect as written.
When you make it back and the reporters ask "Did you really sail all the way?" you pull out the swimming medal. I told you it was important.
One more item. I get a signed picture when you get back. I need to say I know famous people too. Not the baby picture either. I want one with the boat and you holding up the swim medal.
Last word: Never sign a book deal before the trip.
Seriously, this is the way to get this done.