Please select your home edition
Edition
Doyle Sails 2020 - Redefining Boundaries 728x90 TOP

Global Solo Challenge: Who are your heroes from the world of Solo Sailing? Part #1

by Global Solo Challenge 27 Aug 06:11 PDT
Sir Robin Knox-Johnston © Bill Rowntree / PPL

For anyone who has an interest in solo ocean sailing, particularly circumnavigation, they will have their heroes, people who have inspired them in their sailing, and indeed their lives.

Intrepid, clever, determined people who have achieved remarkable feats in quite remarkable circumstances.

Now my colleague, Helena, has already written about the Women sailors who made the history of solo sailing, so I thought I would write a series of articles on sailing heros starting from my own personal Hall of Fame. In later articles, we will pose the same questions to the organisers of the Global Solo Challenge and some famous sailors of our time. We've asked each person to select just five and it is not an easy task (my list has 6). Each person has many sailors they look up to or that inspired them, so these are simply my personal favorites (at least one woman would have made my top, but as I said, Helena has already covered these sailors).

Joshua Slocum

It was way back in 1898 that Slocum became the first man to circumnavigate the Globe, single-handedly, returning to his home port in America, after having had over three years at sea and having covered over 74,000 km (though he did stop a number of times).

In his 36-foot sloop, the Spray, Slocum had developed a system where he could sail his boat by lashing the helm and then balancing this by reefing the sails, so he hardly had to touch the helm, whilst sailing, during this epic voyage.

His book about the voyage 'Sailing Alone Around the World' became an international best seller. Indeed the author Arthur Ransome declared: "Boys who do not like this book ought to be drowned at once."

Continue reading the full article here...

Related Articles

Global Solo Challenge - One watch at a time
Lessons learned from a simple story One of my favorite short stories when I was a nipper growing up in South Africa was 'The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner'. Posted on 26 Nov
Global Solo Challenge: Home called Marina Coruña?
In less than a year it will be the regatta's main stage Compared to other ocean regattas, the Global Solo Challenge has a peculiarity: it starts and ends in the same place. In less than a year, Marina Coruña (Galicia), will be the regatta's main stage. Posted on 5 Nov
Who would you call in an emergency?
Examining safety telecommunication systems and requirements Before the mid-nineteenth century, the only realistic way one vessel could talk to another vessel or shore station was by the use of signalling flags or by semaphore (again using flags). This was of course by a line of sight only. Posted on 31 Oct
GGR, VG, GSC: 3 solo non-stop circumnavigations?
Thousands of people lined the quays, together with a flotilla of yachts The second edition of the Golden Globe Race started from Les Sables d'Olonne, France, on 4th September 2022. With 15 yachts, manned by some incredible skippers, crossing the start line. Posted on 23 Sep
Who are your heroes from world of solo sailing?
Part 2 of this series from the Global Solo Challenge When I submitted an article to the GSC as to who were my heroes from the World of Solo Circumnavigation and who would be in my own hall of fame, the first person to read this article, prior to publication, was the founder and organiser of the GSC. Posted on 16 Sep
Jean-Pierre Dick on the Global Solo Challenge
“Don't prepare half-heartedly for such a challenge!” At 56 years old, French skipper Jean-Pierre Dick has an impressive track record. He is a four times winner of the Transat Jacques Vabre, twice winner of the Barcelona World Race, and participated in 4 Vendée Globe Challenges, finishing twice on the podium Posted on 13 Sep
How to get power when sailing around the world
The first and most obvious way is to charge the batteries is via solar power Whilst the sailing world is undoubtedly grateful to companies like Raymarine for the incredible safety and information technologies that we now take as standard when we are at sea, we have to remember that every one of these devices takes power. Posted on 10 Sep
What are the advantages of the Gale Sail by ATN?
Innovations and inventions are happening, with new solutions to long-standing problems Having written a number of articles for the Global Solo Challenge (GSC), I am fast becoming aware of the number of things that there are to learn to partake in this challenge. Posted on 6 Sep
Water, water everywhere and not a drop to drink
How do you get access to drinking water in a circumnavigation? 'Water, water everywhere and not a drop to drink'. So says the poem, 'The Rime of the Ancient Mariner' by Samuel Coleridge. Posted on 31 Aug
Global Solo Challenge welcomes 52nd entry
Ronnie Simpson from Honolulu in Hawaii is an experienced sailor At 37 years of age, he is in his prime physical condition to take on this challenge, which he hopes to be a stepping stone for his ultimate dream: participating in a Vendée Globe. Posted on 22 Aug
Hella Dual Colour Floodlights - 728 x 90px - 002 gif BottomJ Composites 2022 - J45 v4 FOOTERMarine Resources 2022 Salary Survey FOOTER