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Old 11-06-2014, 09:20   #1
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Who here would Solo Around the World non stop on their own Boat?

sailing around the world single-handed

Not judging the slightly limited website for a moment, but think of the idea....

Just you and your boat, maybe stop , maybe not..

How many pulses quicken at the thought.....
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Old 11-06-2014, 09:30   #2
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Re: Who here would solo around the world non stop on their own boat?

What's the point, unless you have something to prove? I'd want to stop in as many places as possible and see as many things and talk to the locals. Basically, why would anyone want to rush the process?

A friend of mine traveled alone throughout the USA over a two year period 30 years ago, when asked if he enjoyed himself.... his answer was unexpected. "It would have been much better if I had someone along with me to share the experiences." "A beautiful sunset is best when shared."

Who wants to basically be a hermit for a year or so? There's no record to set... it's been done many times before.
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Old 11-06-2014, 09:38   #3
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Re: Who here would solo around the world non stop on their own boat?

That was once a goal of mine, but with stops.

Now, to be on a boat for months on end, never enjoying other countries, having to face storms on my own, being sleep deprived - not for me. I did a solo trip with stops for a month this last summer and that was enough time on my own and enough challenges I had to face on my own for me.

Cruising the islands, snorkeling for lobster, sharing conversations with other people and getting a good night's sleep anchored securely in the lee of an uninhabited island is more my style.
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Old 11-06-2014, 09:54   #4
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Re: Who here would solo around the world non stop on their own boat?

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What's the point, unless you have something to prove?
“You do not ask a tame seagull why it needs to disappear from time to time toward the open sea. It goes, that's all.”

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Re: Who here would solo around the world non stop on their own boat?

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“You do not ask a tame seagull why it needs to disappear from time to time toward the open sea. It goes, that's all.”

If you'll find joy and happiness in severe sleep deprivation, whilst beating the crap out of your vessel, then go for it.

Whatever floats your boat....
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Old 11-06-2014, 10:38   #6
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Re: Who here would solo around the world non stop on their own boat?

I would have enjoyed it in my 20's. The attraction lies in the challenge. "Because it is there".

Now my attitude is more that crossing an ocean is a something that must be endured if you want to visit other parts of the world. For sure it is visiting places, but having my own home, that is the attraction for me.

I feel the same way about crossing an ocean on an airplane; a trial to be endured, but worth it. When I was in my 20's I loved flying across oceans.
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I enjoy solo sailing but...
No boat..
No incentive..
However.. if someone wants a boat delivered from Horta to Horta via the 3 Capes...
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Old 11-06-2014, 13:01   #8
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Re: Who here would solo around the world non stop on their own boat?

Not for me – But why be content with just a single circumnavigation. There are serious long distance solo sailing records to be broken if you’re a risk taker. But be aware that the bar has already been set high.

I expect many CF readers may not know of the exploits of a great Australian solo yachtsman – Jon Sanders.
Reference : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jon_Sanders (Short extract in part below)

Jon Sanders made a total of five (5) solo circumnavigations of the World.
Exploits include the first (and only) Triple non-stop solo circumnavigation. (Think about that !! Truly unbelievable). Prior to that achievement, he solo circumnavigated the World on two (2) other occasions. His credits in the Guinness Book of Records include:

· The first single-handed sailor to remain continuously at sea twice around the world. (This record being awarded in addition to his tripple circumnavigation).
· First single-handed sailor to round the five southern most Capes twice on one voyage
· First single-handed sailor to round the five southern most Capes twice
· Longest distance continuously sailed by any yacht: 48,510 miles (78,070 km).
· Longest period alone at sea during a continuous voyage: 419 days: 22 hours: 10 minutes
· (Edit note: I think this record has subsequently been broken by an Englishman)

In 1986 Sanders set out again from Fremantle, and this time completed three solo non-stop circumnavigations aboard his 47-foot (14 m) yacht Parry Endeavour, rounding Saint Peter and Saint Paul Archipelago just north of the Equator each time to ensure that his course covered both hemispheres.

The Parry Endeavour is on display at the Maritime Museum - Freemantle, Australia (South of Perth)
And an interesting display that includes a few of the 80 can openers he carried on his successfully completed triple circumnavigation.

Oh, and did I mention that he's an Australian. Thanks for reading.
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Re: Who here would solo around the world non stop on their own boat?

I have built a catamaran do to this. Nonstop? no way. Company along the way would be cool. Solo may open up other options.
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Re: Who here would solo around the world non stop on their own boat?

I thought this was outlawed as cruel and unusual punishment.

This is up there with rowing across the ocean in a 20' boat. I cruise for enjoyment not to see how much I can punish myself.
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Old 11-06-2014, 14:41   #11
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Re: Who here would solo around the world non stop on their own boat?

Colregs Rule 5: "Every vessel shall at all times maintain a proper look-out by sight as well as by hearing as well as by all available means appropriate in the prevailing circumstances and conditions so as to make a full appraisal of the situation and of the risk of collision."

So, single-handing is fine, as long as you never sleep.
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Re: Who here would solo around the world non stop on their own boat?

No way. No how. No interest.

40 years of spending long stretches at sea have pretty much inured me to the whole prospect of staring at the horizon for weeks on end. I'd rather fly to the places I want to sail and bareboat charter, and then fly home.

Wouldn't take this catamaran to those latitudes, either.
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If you'll find joy and happiness in severe sleep deprivation, whilst beating the crap out of your vessel, then go for it.

Whatever floats your boat....
Longest I've done was a month solo, a precious memory of a special time slowly unhooking from a western culture obsessed with self and temporary sensual pleasure and slowly hooking into a different interconnected world.

But that wasn't the southern ocean

Each to their own.

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Re: Who here would solo around the world non stop on their own boat?

Always had that dream until my 50's when health began to bring reality to my life goal. Settled for a life of commercial fishing, beachcombing and towing logs and barges in the PNW before graduating (or being relegated) to deliveries on the left coast from Mexico to Alaska.
All in all would trade my life for anything... Phil
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Re: Who here would solo around the world non stop on their own boat?

I can't see much validity in it as a challange for myself. I won't go flag waving at others that do it now as its been prostituted to death.

But its all good forum grist for people who will never do it to tell those cruising they are not in good enough boats, or solo sailing is against some law.

Whoopy-do.


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