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Re: 76-year-old begins solo circumnavigation
If he wanted to break a record on a non stop circumnavigation, a relatively slow one, his better chance regarding material and boat would be to do it on a boat designed and tried for it, an Open 60, an old one without a canting keel, that certainly would cost a lot less than that boat. He could depower the rig a lot, have better accommodations for comfort and the reliability would be far superior. The two old ones that made the last Vendee Globe made it both to the finish.
It takes many years to sort out all problems related with a boat designed to do a fast solo non stop circumnavigation. Starting designing a new boat from the beginning, working with a good shipyard but one not specialized with that time of boats was a recipe for failure.
I always thought that this attempt had very few chances to succeed...but I confess that I thought that he would manage to go out of the Atlantic.
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