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post #42 of Old 10-21-2013
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Re: Circumnavigating the world with NO prior sailing experience ever before

Originally Posted by bfloyd4445 View Post
so many people sail a few miles, then fly away for a period of time, returning to do a little more sailing using this pattern until they have "sail around the world". To me this dosent qualify as a circumnavigation of the globe. If a guy stocks up on his beer then takes off stopping here and there to rest and make repairs and eventually returns to his starting point that would be a circumnavigation
I think you need to learn more about what is involved before making such judgements. To take one big example there is the whole question of tropical storm seasons in various parts of the world. Unless you want to do something like the schedule of the World ARC (15 months), which requires a fast boat and limiting what you can see, you are going to have to sit out a cyclone season somewhere like New Zealand and Australia. Six months off means you can visit that country and get in a visit home without affecting the purity of a circumnavigation.

BTW, it is not sailing a few miles. We will have done more than 35,000 miles when we get back to Grenada where we will cross our track. At 5 knots that is 7,000 hours sailing.

After the refit we have decided to sell Ainia. We want something smaller that would be could for the light summer winds of Lake Ontario, although we plan to spend at least a couple of winters in the Caribbean before heading north.
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