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View Poll Results: What solo circumnavigator do you think was more incredible?
Robin Lee Graham 7 28.00%
Tania Aebi 3 12.00%
Brian Caldwell 0 0%
David Dicks 1 4.00%
Jesse Martin 3 12.00%
Zac Sunderland 2 8.00%
Michael Perham 0 0%
Jessica Watson 6 24.00%
Laura Dekker 3 12.00%
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Old 21-08-2013, 11:24   #1
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So I'm in the process of reading Jessica Watson's book "True Spirit". How incredible what she did. A 16 year old girl 210 straight days on the ocean sailing solo, nonstop, and unassisted 22,000 miles around the world and rounding Cape Horn. She had quite a boat, a S&S 34.
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You forgot the real hero Joshua Slocum...... now he was a sailor
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There are a couple of fairly well known Australian women who also did it: Kay Cottee, and
the Grandma who sailed her Folkboat around the world. In addition, there's Julia from "Greshan", who built her own steelie, and did it.

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Webb Chiles.........But I suppose he wouldn't want to be " pigeon holed" as a cruiser. 5 circumnavigations and planing his 6 th in a Moore 24, he's the "man" !
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So I'm in the process of reading Jessica Watson's book "True Spirit". How incredible what she did. A 16 year old girl 210 straight days on the ocean sailing solo, nonstop, and unassisted 22,000 miles around the world and rounding Cape Horn. She had quite a boat, a S&S 34.
Like he said .............she was (ONLY) 16 years old
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Robin Lee Graham's adventure written about in National Geographic and his book Dove influenced me at an early age. Of course no one can compare to Slocum.
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If my kid wanted to sail around the world, I would suggest that they stop and see places.
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Robin Lee Graham's adventure written about in National Geographic and his book Dove influenced me at an early age. Of course no one can compare to Slocum.
That's right because Slocum was lost at sea..............
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Re: Solo Circumnavigation

None of the above.

Ever heard of Bernard Moitessier???? What about Vito Dumas??
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Sir Francis Chichester!
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There's the local hero round here, Jon Sanders - triple navigation. More mad than anything else. But for my money, Moitessier, he's the rockstar, just for blowing off the Golden Globe.
Oh the list.. Jessica Watson is the pick, a 16 year old schoolgirl rounding Cape Horn, gotta love that..
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But for my money, Moitessier, he's the rockstar, just for blowing off the Golden Globe.
Oh the list.. Jessica Watson is the pick, a 16 year old schoolgirl rounding Cape Horn, gotta love that..
I can live with that..
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I was always impressed by Aebi.

She sailed a marginal boat and it was pre-GPS era. I am not sure I could do today what she did back then.

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I was always impressed by Aebi.

She sailed a marginal boat and it was pre-GPS era. I am not sure I could do today what she did back then.

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She hooked up with a guy in the Galapagos and 3/4 of her circumnavigation was buddy boating with her boyfriend (later husband).
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Jessica Watson is the pick, a 16 year old schoolgirl rounding Cape Horn, gotta love that..
She didnt complete a circumnavigation, and she was imho just a media event.


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