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Re: Sailing, safety, & size
An S&S 34 did an double (2 times around) non stop circumnavigation via 5 great capes and is the only boat I know of that has done that. A triple by the same man was done on a 40 footer (choose larger boat in order to carry the supplies required, ie food and water, for the trip).
These records stand today, even in the relm of Open 60 and other high tech boats.
Regarding Joe Sanders accomplishment with the small and old S&S 34 Bob Williams, the Chairman of Antarctica Cup Management and the Antarctica Cup Ocean Race, says:
"What Jon achieved during his double circumnavigation in 1981/82 was truly remarkable, given the technology available at the time and size of his yacht.
During that double circumnavigation with the S&S 34 he suffered a 180-degree knockdown and has very lucky in not breaking the mast, a thing that occur most of the times when a sailboat is rolled.
The three times non stop circumnavigation was made on a 47ft boat (not a 40ft boat) a bigger more modern, safer and faster fin keel boat that he could perfectly manage alone during three years. Here it is his 47fter:
PS: After all Sanders broke the mast of the S&S 34 when he was rolled. He managed to jury rig the boat with a mast with half the height and complete that way is second circumnavigation.
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Last edited by PCP; 11-04-2013 at 10:23 PM.