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Now neither of the two young boys who have gone round recently tried to do it non stop and if I'm correct they both went through Panama and not round the Horn. Kind of adds another level of concern really
I'm struggling a little to conceptualise this. I guess my view remains that the traditional "solo dash around the world" was always the Southern Ocean, i.e. west to east around the Capes.
If we're talking Panama it must be a east/west because no sane person would try a circumnavigation against the prevailing weather. OK some may say that the whole exercise is outside of the realm of "sane" but you know what I mean.
So Panama. That means not non-stop, not unaided (rope handlers required in the locks)and probably not solo (the Panama officials require a pilot on board to cross the lake from lock to lock).
Still, there are plenty of ocean crossings and if one is not taking a purist view, it is in essence still a solo circumnav - I just wonder how it can be inducted into the record books given that they are
a purist institution.
Maybe my facts about rope handlers and pilots in Panama are incorrect but I don't think so.
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