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A very long line

I've always liked maps and charts. I can spend hours contemplating destinations, routes and random geographic features. So I suppose it's no surprise that I was intrigued when I saw the longest straight line on Earth that one could possibly sail posted over on Reddit and decided to blog about it.



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The route comes quite close to Antarctica (and probably plenty of icebergs) and also includes a big stretch through some pirate infested waters, but still, I wouldn't be surprised if we see some intrepid record seeking sailor attempt it just because.
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Re: A very long line

Did they happen to mention the actual distance, in miles?

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Re: A very long line

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Did they happen to mention the actual distance, in miles?
According to the source, it's about 20,000 miles.

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Re: A very long line

That's cool. But I guess to follow that straight line route, you need to use a power boat. A sail boat will follow a zig zag line.
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Re: A very long line

Looks like the International Space Station orbital route.
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