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View Poll Results: How hard is it to sail around the world alone on a scale of 1-10?
1 (easiest) 6 12.77%
2 0 0%
3 4 8.51%
4 1 2.13%
5 2 4.26%
6 2 4.26%
7 7 14.89%
8 7 14.89%
9 6 12.77%
10 (hardest) 12 25.53%
Voters: 47. You may not vote on this poll

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Re: How hard is it to sail around the world alone?

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Re: How hard is it to sail around the world alone?

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never sleeping more than 20 minutes at a time
I doubt there is one solo circumnavigator who stuck to a 20 minute watch schedule on all passages.
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Re: How hard is it to sail around the world alone?

i gave it a 10,in 2011-2012 i sailed single maine to bahama and back.try it sometime
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Scottie;
I couldn't post a response to the poll because by phrase and concept it is uninformed. One thing that always stands me well when approaching an unfamiliar subject is a little serious reading/study. There are at this time a large number of books and articles available on the Internet and at the library which would inform you on the subject. A lot of them are great some quite intriguing historically but all would inform you more effectively than a multiple choice questionaire. Truth is if you read and consider Robin L Graham's experience he had a pretty rough time with isolation and on several occasions reached at least momentary breakdown. This is not unusual for solo ocean sailors. Key skill for any serious sailor is self directed learning...read study compare and then inquire As you refine your method your thoughts are refined as well and in combination with gradual experience (such as day sailing, short cruises and some over night navigation) you form a reliable understanding of the topic whatever it might be.....
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Re: How hard is it to sail around the world alone?

How hard is it to sail around the world? I guess it's probably as hard as it is to climb Mt. Everest, but spread out over a period of 8 months or more, rather than a couple of days.
If one is an intelligent singlehander (or cruiser, for that matter) shouldn't one tuck a reef or two before dark, be aware enough of what's going on around you to be in control before most situations escalate, be in a mental state conducive to the intended voyage and have a vessel up to the trip?
It is amazingly tiring to spend a protracted amount of time at sea, but it shouldn't be hard work. With modern rigs, cockpit sail controls (halyards, reefing, etc.), roller furling, lazy jacks and the electronics most of us use, the difficulty factor has gone from ironman status to something a teenager can do (hey, a blind guy sailed to Hawaii).
Most of us would not sail in the Roaring 40's, the Furious Fifties or the Shrieking/Screaming Sixties; we'd choose the lower latitudes and the seasons, with attention to things like hurricanes, monsoons and the proper time of year for the cape transits.
Hard, not so much. Preparation, commitment and planning, more so.
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Re: How hard is it to sail around the world alone?

I've crossed a couple of oceans and I gave it a 9 given the need to round Africa something many early circumnavigators didn't have to do. I don't think a circumnavigation is "easy" with a good crew, probably a 5 or 6. It's much harder alone.

Don't believe me? Have a look at this guy's experience NYC to Bermuda.



I met Blake last summer in St. John's, NFL. He was on his way to Greenland. The link is for the start of a six (?) part series....I think the lack of sleep shows throughout the series. Worst part is part six. No good deed goes unpunished.

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Re: How hard is it to sail around the world alone?

Leaving on solo circumnavigation = easy, finishing = hard. 9 or 10 (with 10 being just shy of impossible).
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Re: How hard is it to sail around the world alone?

Ah it's easy, was doing it last night untill the alarm went off
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Re: How hard is it to sail around the world alone?

My wife and I have watched the documentary "Deep Water" a couple of times. Think about watching it and I think it will give you a good idea of how hard it is.
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