Join Date: Oct 2010
Thanked 42 Times in 41 Posts
Rep Power: 5
Re: 76-year-old begins solo circumnavigation
In fact he wanted to break three records:
1 - Oldest sailor to circumnavigate non-stop (Saito was a non stop circumnavigation).
2 - He wanted to break the Dodge Morgan time of 150 days, 6 hours and 1 minute.
3 - He wanted to be the first sailor to do it without using fossil fuels for power or propulsion.
A true record chaser
But in fact I never understood of what record he was talking about regarding speed and why he wanted to do better than Dodge Morgan record since it is an old record beaten many times. An American record only?
Last year on a much smaller boat 40ft, the Chinese Guo Chuan had done it in 138 days that is of course very far away from the actual record of 78d 2h 16m in monohull and 57d 13h 34m 06s on multihull, both non stop solo circumnavigations.
I am thinking about sailing non stop around the world and having a sex change mid-way. That way I could be the first man-woman to do so. Of course would need to perform my own sex change for it to be considered an "unassisted" circumnavigation.