Originally Posted by barefootnavigator
If you really want to impress the hell out of us do it at age 16 in a 24' Gladiator with a sextant and no life raft or sat comm, then set sail with 200 ballpoint pens and 50 bucks as your budget.
AKA Robin Lee Graham
Nah, if he really wanted to impress the hell out of me, he'd do it in a boat he built himself
, a la John Guzzwell...
John Guzzwell first rose to fame within the sailing community when he sailed single-handed around the world in Trekka, his home-built 20-foot yawl. He never considered world records or looked for sponsors. He was in his early 20s when he began this project and was not yet 30 by the time he completed his circumnavigation. Trekka Round the World, his classic tale of this adventure, inspired many of today's sailors.
This wonderful tale by a talented, yet unassuming, young man is quite possibly the best book written about circumnavigating in the 1950s.
This guy is probably my favorite minimalist sailor, and TREKKA ROUND THE WORLD is a terrific read - highly recommended...
He was also sailing with Miles and Beryl Smeeton when TZU HANG was pitchpoled in the Southern Ocean on their approach to Cape Horn, and played a huge role in their amazing tale of self-rescue...