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

I give it a 9 or 10.

Look what happened to this guy...

Rescue expected this morning for Newport circumnavigator - Los Angeles Times

He didn't even make it 1/4th into his voyage and he had a $250,000 sailboat.

Unexpected things occur. You don't want to end up in a situation such as this....

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

The Joshua Slocum society list solo navigators who have circumnavigated the world. The list contains 67 names, a pretty exclusive club.
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The Joshua Slocum society list solo navigators who have circumnavigated the world. The list contains 67 names, a pretty exclusive club.
I read and loved Slocum's "Sailing Alone Around the World." I was sad to learn afterward that Slocum himself died at sea during a later voyage. These kinds of questions seem to prompt mention of people who succeeded--as examples of how "doable" it is--while ignoring people who were lost to the deep.
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Re: How hard is it to sail around the world alone?

Jessica Watson did a 7-month nonstop solo circumnavigation. She had internet with her (she could check her email), she had radio with her (she could call home and talk to family and get weather reports), she didn't have to worry about colliding with a ship while sleeping (she had a loud alarm system for that), she had cameras on board to document her journey. And she had quite a boat, a proven S&S 34 which has done many circumnavigations. She also had sponsors to provide her with all that state-of-the-art equipement.
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Jessica Watson did a 7-month nonstop solo circumnavigation. She had internet with her (she could check her email), she had radio with her (she could call home and talk to family and get weather reports), she didn't have to worry about colliding with a ship while sleeping (she had a loud alarm system for that), she had cameras on board to document her journey. And she had quite a boat, a proven S&S 34 which has done many circumnavigations. She also had sponsors to provide her with all that state-of-the-art equipement.

See, it's not that hard, stop asking how hard it is and get out there and do it. She did it on a big boat...

Matt Rutherford did it on a 27' Albin Vega... Nonstop.
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I read and loved Slocum's "Sailing Alone Around the World." I was sad to learn afterward that Slocum himself died at sea during a later voyage. These kinds of questions seem to prompt mention of people who succeeded--as examples of how "doable" it is--while ignoring people who were lost to the deep.
From my understanding of Slocum's life after his circumnavigation, there was nothing left for him ashore, by the time he left on his last voyage. I believe many mariners, myself included, would much rather end their days at sea and we should not be considered "lost to the deep", but rather, as having gone home.
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Jessica Watson did a 7-month nonstop solo circumnavigation. She had internet with her (she could check her email), she had radio with her (she could call home and talk to family and get weather reports), she didn't have to worry about colliding with a ship while sleeping (she had a loud alarm system for that), she had cameras on board to document her journey. And she had quite a boat, a proven S&S 34 which has done many circumnavigations. She also had sponsors to provide her with all that state-of-the-art equipement.
Well, not if you don't count the ship collision that occurred during her shakedown, prior to her departure... :-)

Jessica Watson survives collision, still wants to sail around the world alone - latimes.com

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See, it's not that hard, stop asking how hard it is and get out there and do it. She did it on a big boat...

Matt Rutherford did it on a 27' Albin Vega... Nonstop.
Matt actually circumnavigated North & South America - which in many respects is a far more daunting challenge than a typical circumnavigation, or perhaps even a non-stop via the Great Capes...
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Re: How hard is it to sail around the world alone?

Even if you had a scale of "hardness" that everyone could agree upon, the number would be different for different people because sailors differ in their self-reliance, psychological adjustment, experience, preparation, motivation, resilience, adaptability, budget, equipment, skills, support structure ashore, and luck. So, if I were to give an answer it would be 7, 8, 9, and 10... and maybe for a few folks, 11.
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Re: How hard is it to sail around the world alone?

Jessica Watson, Laura Dekker and Abby Sunderland were all well sponsored and had good safety equipment on board. Abby never finished. For these youngsters it looks they had a pretty good success rate considering.

Matt on the other hand....... having talked with him and read his stories. Matt learned by trial by fire. This guy is an inspiration to all sailing neophytes. He makes it look easy.
Maybe even lucky.

I think in the right boat properly prepared with good sail skills, I think any mentally, physically capable motivated person could do it. (lots of ifs there)
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