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    Leonid Teliga

    Leonid Teliga (28 May 1917 – 21 May 1970) was a Polish sailor, writer, journalist, translator and the first Pole to single-handedly circumnavigate the globe on his yawl Opty. Although he was born in Russia, his parents decided to settle back in Poland after it regained independence. He was raised in Grodzisk Mazowiecki. After failing to get into medical studies, he decided to attend military academy. In 1937, he finished a yachting course in Jastarnia. During the September Campaign Teliga fought in 44th Infantry Regiment, and was wounded at Tomaszów Mazowiecki. In 1940, he arrived in Azov, where he took a skipper course and became a fisherman. Eventually, he takes part in the evacuation of harbours on Crimea. In 1942, he joined the newlyformed Polish Army with which he got through to Great Britain. After taking a navigation course in Canada, he was fighting in No. 300 Squadron as a gunner. He returned to Poland in 1947. He used every occasion to return to the sea, sometimes as a skipper or sailing instructor, later as a journalist. In the 50s and 60s, he published several short stories collections and novels based on his various voyages. In 1957, Teliga went to North Korea to
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    Robin Lee Graham

    Robin Lee Graham (born March 5, 1949) is an American sailor. He set out to sail around the world alone as a teenager in the summer of 1965. National Geographic Magazine carried the story, and he co-wrote a book, titled Dove, detailing his journey. Graham was sixteen when he set out alone from Southern California and headed west in his 24-foot sloop. He was originally given two kittens for company, that he named Joliette and Suzette, and through his travels lost and gained several more, ultimately docking with Kili, Pooh and Piglet at the end of the journey. He married along the way and, after almost five years, sailed back into his home port in Los Angeles. He and his wife, Patti Ratterree, briefly attended Stanford University, then settled in Montana. Graham's book about his voyage, Dove, was published in 1972. His voyage was depicted in a film, The Dove (1974). A followup book, Home Is The Sailor, was published in 1983. After a shakedown cruise from San Pedro, California, to Hawaii, Dove left Ala Wai Yacht Harbor in Honolulu on Sept. 14th, 1965. Graham's first landfall was 14 days later at Fanning Island, a British-controlled atoll. His next planned stop was Pago Pago on the
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    Krystyna Chojnowska-Liskiewicz

    Krystyna Chojnowska-Liskiewicz (born 15 July 1936 in Poland) was the first woman to sail single-handed (i.e. solo) around the world, repeating the accomplishment of Joshua Slocum. She sailed from the Canary Islands on 28 February 1976, and returned there on 21 April 1978, completing a circumnavigation of 31,166 nautical miles (57,719 km) in 401 days. Orders Krystyna Chojnowska-Liskiewicz carried out her westabout (east to west) voyage on Mazurek, a Conrad 32 sloop built in Poland. Mazurek was 9.51 metres (31.2 ft) long, with a beam of 2.70 metres (8.86 ft) and a sail area of 35 square metres (376.7 ft²). Mazurek's construction team was headed by Chojnowska-Liskiewicz's husband. She set sail from the Canary Islands on 28 February 1976, crossing the Atlantic Ocean to Barbados. She then sailed through the Caribbean Sea to the Panama Canal, and hence to the Pacific Ocean. After crossing the Pacific, Chojnowska-Liskiewicz sailed via Tahiti and Fiji to Australia, and then west across the Indian Ocean via Mauritius. After passing the Cape of Good Hope, she sailed north, and crossed her outbound track on 20 March 1978 at latitude 16° 08.5' north and longitude 35° 50'
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    Mike Plant

    Mike Plant was an American sailor and adventurer born in Minnesota in 1950. He's known for winning the 'BOC Challenge' in 1986-1987 in the class II (50 feet), and for completing two other single-handed around the world races. Tragically, Mike was lost at sea in late October 1992 as he was en route, solo, from his Newport RI base to Les Sables d'Olonne where he was due to start in the 'Vendée Globe' a few weeks later. Mike Plant started sailing on Lake Minnetonka in Minessota at an early age, and won several local club races through his teen years. After trekking the length of South America and other adventures in his 20s, he "settled" in Jamestown, Rhode Island, and built a 50 feet yacht for the purpose of entering the second BOC Challenge in 1986; In 1989 he competed in the first Vendee Globe, and although he completed the race, in 135 days, he was disqualified for receiving assistance in New Zealand to address some mechanical issues with the rudder of his boat, 'Airco Distributor'. In 1990-1991, aboard Open 60' 'Duracell' he takes 4th place in the 'BOC Challenge', behind the "French Navy" (Auguin, Gauthier and Jeantot who stole the podium that year). With three, in race, solo circumnavigations, Mike was undeniably part of the elite club and many long time ocean racing enthusiasts as well as new spectators of the sport, particularly in America, intended to follow closely the performance of 'Coyote' and its skipper in the Vendée Globe. There is little information about Mike Plant's fateful voyage and what may have caused this tragedy; his last contact was on Oct 21st, by way of a battery-powered VHF radio, with 'SKS Trader' a tanker ship to whom Mike reported a 3 days long electrical outage, but also indicated his hope of getting things fixed soon. On October 27th Coyote's EPIRB distress signal was received by both US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Agency (NOAA) and Canadian Mission Control Center (CMCC), but because of the short duration of the signal and and registration problems with the EPIRB beacon, the alert wasn't forwarded to the Coast Guard for lack of actionable information. Upon insistence from friends and family, starting on November 13th, a search is organized from Bermuda, targeting an area estimated by the CMCC. The search is area is later expanded, to the North of the Azores. On November 22nd, by 46º54'N 26º51'W (that is roughly halfway on a line between St Pierre & Miquelon and Bordeaux) a tanker ship locates the upside-down hull of Coyote, its keel intact but without its ballast tip. The search is officially ended three days later when a French tug arrives alongside 'Coyote' and divers find the life raft and survival gear.aboard. ' Coyote', freed of its rigging is eventually salvaged and brought to shore.
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    David Dicks

    David Dicks, OAM, CitWA, (born 6 October 1978) is an Australian sailor. He became the youngest person to sail non-stop and solo around the world. In February 1996, at the age of 17, he set out from Fremantle, Western Australia in his family's 10m S&S 34 sloop named 'Seaflight'. During his 9 month circumnavigation, he faced many challenges such as numerous knockdowns, bad weather, equipment failure, and food poisoning. Because of accepting a bolt to fix his rig near the Falkland Islands, his circumnavigation was not considered unassisted. He returned safely to Fremantle in November 1996 amid great fanfare, including a ticker-tape parade and being given the 'keys' to Perth City. In 1999 he was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM). David held the youngest (assisted) solo circumnavigation record for 13 years, from 1996 to 2009. By some accounts he still holds the unofficial record for the youngest solo non-stop assisted circumnavigation. Jessica Watson captured the unofficial youngest age record in May 2010 with an unassisted solo circumnavigation, but her course did not meet the minimum orthodromic distance requirement of 21,600 nautical miles set by the WSSRC. Jesse
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    Joshua Slocum

    Joshua Slocum

    Joshua Slocum (February 20, 1844 – on or shortly after November 14, 1909) was the first man to sail single-handedly around the world. He was a Nova Scotian born, naturalised American seaman and adventurer, and a noted writer. In 1900 he wrote a book about his journey Sailing Alone Around the World, which became an international best-seller. He disappeared in November 1909 while aboard his boat, the Spray. Joshua Slocum was born on 20 February 1844 in Mount Hanley, Annapolis County, Nova Scotia (officially recorded as Wilmot Station), a community on the North Mountain within sight of the Bay of Fundy. The fifth of eleven children of John Slocombe and Sarah Jane Slocombe née Southern, Joshua descended, on his father's side, from a Quaker, known as "John the Exile" who left the United States shortly after 1780 because of his opposition to the American War for Independence. Part of the Loyalist migration to Nova Scotia, the Slocombes were granted 500 acres (2.0 km) of farmland in Nova Scotia's Annapolis County. Joshua Slocum was born in the family's farm house in Mount Hanley and learned to read and write at the nearby Mount Hanley School. His earliest ventures on the water were made
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    Yves Parlier

    Yves Parlier

    Yves Parlier (born on 14 November 1960) is a French sailor. He is very well known in the offshore sailing world and generally in France, where he was elected France's top sports personality in 2002. Nicknamed "The extra-terrestrial" for his amazing exploits and capabilities, Parlier currently holds two offshore 24-hour distance sailing records, set in April and May 2006. Yves Parlier won (or participate in) the following events: Winners of the Grand Prix of Zeebruge
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    Michael Perham

    Michael Perham

    Michael Perham (born 16 March 1992) is an English sailor. He is a young adventurer from Potters Bar who, at the age of 17 years and 164 days, became the youngest person to sail around the world solo in the 50 ft racing yacht totallymoney.com, completing his journey on 27 August 2009. Perham's record surpassed that of Zac Sunderland, an older 17 year old American, set only six weeks earlier. Perham was educated at the state Chancellor's School in the village of Brookmans Park in Hertfordshire. Previously, Perham had crossed the Atlantic Ocean single-handed when he helmed the 28 foot (8 metres) Cheeky Monkey between Gibraltar and Antigua with repair stops in the Canary Islands and Cape Verde between 18 November 2006 and 3 January 2007. That voyage ended when he sailed into Nelson's Dockyard in Antigua at 14:00 GMT after a 3500-mile voyage. His father crossed the Atlantic at the same time in a separate boat. Perham took the Guinness World Record from Seb Clover who crossed when he was 15 in 2003. Perham started sailing at the age of seven. On 15 November 2008, Perham began his solo non-stop circumnavigation around the world from Gunwharf Quays in Portsmouth, England, in his chartered
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    Philippe Jeantot

    Philippe Jeantot (born 8 May 1952 in Antananarivo, Madagascar) is a French former deep sea diver, who achieved recognition as a sailor for long-distance, single-handed racing and record-setting. He founded the Vendée Globe, a single-handed, round-the-world, non-stop yacht race. Philippe Jeantot started his career as a deep sea diver, working on oil rigs; at one time he jointly held the record for deep diving, at 501 metres (1,644 ft). He became interested in sailing after reading Bernard Moitessier's book The Long Way; having learned to sail, he built himself a 13.5-metre (44 ft) steel ketch, planning to sail single-handed around the world. After cruising for two years, he entered the first edition of the BOC Challenge (now known as the VELUX 5 Oceans Race) in 1982; he won the race, and broke the previous record for a single-handed circumnavigation with a time of 159 days, 2 hours. In 1984, Jeantot entered the OSTAR, sailing in a new catamaran, Credit Agricole II. He was forced to retire after a capsize, but saved the boat and entered the 1984 Quebec—St. Malo race, in which he set a new 24-hour speed record. In 1985, he had success in the Grand Prix de Brest, La Baule and Round
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    Azhar Mansor

    Azhar Mansor

    Dato' Azhar Mansor is the first Malaysian to sail solo around the world. He made his trip in 1999, sailing the ship called Jalur Gemilang.His round the world trip, with stops, took 190 days, 6hours 57 minutes 2 seconds A rumour was widely spread in Malaysia by text messaging alleging that he had renounced Islam, and that he was a Christian living in Australia. This rumour turned out to be false, however, as he is still in charge of the Telaga Harbour marina in Langkawi, Malaysia. Azhar has repeatedly denied all rumours that he had converted as of 10 November 2006. Despite his personal life, Datuk Azhar has managed to set a new world record via an Eastabout route, attempted by no-one and has been verified by the WSSRC (World Speed Sailing Record Council) as an official record. Azhar is one of the few people in the world to circumnavigate the globe singlehanded non-stop, and is the only person from an Asian nation apart from Japan to do so. Fewer than 150 people have managed his feat, so he has earned the maritime world's respect and put Malaysia on the marine map. Azhar is currently based in Langkawi managing Telaga Harbour Park, one of Malaysia's finest marinas.
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    Alain Gautier

    Alain Gautier is a French sailor, born in 1962 in Lorient. He won or placed honorably in several Transat races such as the Route du Rhum and Transat AG2R. He is also known for his victory in the second edition of the Vendée Globe in 92-93 on Bagages Superior (IMOCA 60' open). In 2009 he also won one of the slowest Bol D'Or, on lake Geneva, on Foncia (Decision 35 catamaran), ahead of 5 other D35s.
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    Brad Van Liew

    Brad Van Liew is an American offshore ocean sailor born c. 1968. A lifelong sailor, he competed in the Newport-Bermuda race at the age of 13 and spent much of his teen years on raceboats. Determined to compete in the BOC Challenge (Single handed around the World stage race), he quit his studies at University of South California in an attempt to prepare for such a race but he failed to find sponsors and returned to complete his bachelor's degree. He then put his 'BOC Challenge'/'Around-Alone' dreams on hold, and instead got a private pilot license and started an air charter company. He returned to offshore racing at the prompting of his wife, Meaghan. The couple worked as team to put together a bid for the 1998-1999 'Around Alone' in the Open 50' class which Brad completed in 3rd place, and, as this wasn't enough, he returned for 2002 edition of that race and won. Effectively, Brad won every single leg of the race, and that seemed to be enough solo sailing and success... But after eight years, Brad -and Meaghan- put together the aptly name Team Lazarus, for the purpose of racing in the 2010-2011 Velux 5 Oceans race, this time in the 60' category. Brad, Meaghan and their children live in the Charleston, South Carolina area.
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    Kenichi Horie

    Kenichi Horie (堀江謙一, Horie Ken'ichi, born September 8, 1938 in Osaka) is a Japanese solo yachtsman. Horie first rose to prominence when he became the first person to sail solo across the Pacific Ocean in 1962. He has made other significant solo voyages, usually involving boats exhibiting some sort of environmentally friendly theme, including his 2008 voyage across the Western Pacific Ocean in a wave-powered boat. In 1962, at the age of 23, Horie became the first person to make a solo crossing of the Pacific Ocean. Leaving Nishinomiya Japan on May 12, in 94 days (on August 11) he arrived in San Francisco, California, U.S.A. aboard a 19-foot (5.8 m) sailboat called the Mermaid. He arrived with no passport or money and was promptly arrested. Despite Horie’s best effort to legally depart from Japan, because of lack of precedent for an international travel on a small sailboat, he was not able to obtain a passport, and adequate amount of foreign currency. After learning of his voyage the mayor freed him and gave him a 30 day visa and was awarded the key to the city. Horie wrote a book about his voyage, titled Alone on the Pacific (Kodoku), which was made into a movie Alone Across the
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    Mark Schrader

    Mark Schrader

    Mark Schrader is an American sailor and marine conservationist advocate. He completed two single-handed circumnavigations of the World and he is the first American to singled-handedly sail around the World via the famous 'Five Southern Capes'. He has lived in Washington State for over 35 years. Mark is Captain and Project Director of the 'Around the Americas' project which is a scientific and educational expedition aimed at raising awareness of the threats to our oceans.
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    Wilfried Erdmann

    Wilfried Erdmann (born April 15, 1940) is one of the most famous German sailors. He is known for his single-handed, non-stop circumnavigations. He also is a successful author, some of his books (describing his sailing trips) became bestsellers in Germany.
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    Nigel Tetley

    Nigel Tetley (c. 1924 – 2 February 1972) was the first person to circumnavigate the world solo in a trimaran. A native of South Africa, and a Lieutenant-Commander in the Royal Navy, he entered the 1968 Sunday Times Golden Globe Race, which was the first non-stop, single-handed, round-the-world yacht race. Tetley sailed the Victress, a plywood trimaran that also doubled as his home. He completed the circumnavigation when he crossed his outgoing track on the evening of 22 April 1969, but at that point he was still 5,000 nautical miles (9,300 km) from finishing the race and claiming the prize for fastest passage. The Victress at this point was slowly disintegrating, but Tetley thought he was being chased by another trimaran piloted by Donald Crowhurst, so instead of nursing his ailing boat along, he continued to sail as hard as he could. With 1,200 nautical miles (2,200 km) to go, shortly after midnight on May 21, the Victress broke up and sank under him. Tetley had time to get off a Mayday call before taking to his life raft, and was picked up the following afternoon. It later turned out that Tetley had not needed to hurry. Donald Crowhurst had faked his round-the-world trip, sailing
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    Brian Caldwell

    Brian Caldwell (born December 17, 1975) is an American sailor. He spent seven years cruising the South Pacific with his parents when he was young, returning to Hawaii at age 15. He departed Hawaii aged 19 and completed his voyage on September 28 1996. He was the youngest solo circumnavigator, finishing at the age of 20, making him the first person under age 21 to circumnavigate. He has raced in France in the Mini Transat 6.50, Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race, Fastnet, Transpacific Yacht Race and other sailing races. Caldwell departed from Honolulu, Hawaii on June 1, 1995, traveling to Vanuatu, Cocos (Keeling), Mauritius, Durban, Cape Town, St. Helena, Grenada, Panama, and returning to Honolulu on September 28, 1996. Caldwell reported a number of difficulties on his voyage, "I was rolled by a big wave in the Indian Ocean, I was almost run down by a supertanker. I encountered a lot of storms, especially around South Africa. But nothing that unexpected. It's a given on a circumnavigation."
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    Jesse Martin

    Jesse Martin, OAM (born 26 August 1981) is an Australian sailor who in 1999 became the youngest person to circumnavigate the globe solo, non-stop, and unassisted, taking the record from David Dicks, who was 24 days younger when he completed his circumnavigation, but had obtained assistance. Martin's journey in the 34-foot (10 m) S&S 34 sloop Lionheart-Mistral took approximately 11 months. He chronicled his adventures in the book Lionheart: A Journey of the Human Spirit, and his story was made into a documentary, Lionheart: The Jesse Martin Story. At 17, Martin departed Melbourne for a world voyage on his yacht, Lionheart. He arrived back in Melbourne on 31 October 1999 and sailed into the record books at age 18. The entire journey covered 328 days and 27,000 nautical miles (50,000 km) in all. Since Martin's voyage, the World Sailing Speed Record Council (WSSRC) have discontinued the "youngest" category and no longer recognise "human condition" records. Martin remains the youngest solo non-stop unassisted sailor to cross opposite points of the globe in a single round the world voyage. His voyage inspired other young sailors, including Jessica Watson, to attempt similar
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    Tania Aebi

    Tania Aebi

    Tania Aebi (born October 7, 1966) is an American sailor. She completed a solo circumnavigation of the globe in a 26 foot sailboat between the ages of 18 and 21, thus making her the first American woman and the youngest person (at the time) to sail around the world. Despite many challenges, she accomplished her goal and proved to her father that she could complete something. Aebi recounts the story of her voyage in her book Maiden Voyage. The book is a story of teenage angst, self discovery and adventure. Aebi's story is unusual because she was poorly prepared for her voyage, but prevailed through common sense and determination. Aebi had practically no sailing or navigation experience when she departed on her journey, on 28 May 1985. Aebi did not have a GPS receiver, since the GPS system was not in operation then. Instead, Aebi had a sextant for celestial navigation and a radio direction finder. She did not sea trial her boat and was plagued by factory defects that could easily have been corrected before departure. She completed the circumnavigation in Varuna, a Contessa 26. Her arrival back in New York City on November 6, 1987 after a cold November transit across the Atlantic was
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    Naomi James

    Naomi James

    Dr. Dame Naomi Christine James, Mrs. Haythorne DBE, Ph.D (née Power; born 2 March 1949) was the first woman to sail single-handed (i.e., solo) around the world via Cape Horn. She departed Dartmouth, Devon on 9 September 1977 and finished her voyage around the globe on 8 June 1978 after 272 days, thus improving Sir Francis Chichester's solo round-the-world sailing record by two days. She was born in New Zealand on a landlocked sheep farm and did not learn how to swim until the age of 23. She worked as a hairdresser until she boarded a passenger boat for Europe. In the summer of 1975 in Saint-Malo, France she met her future husband Rob James, who was skippering yachts for Chay Blyth and who had come into port with a charter boat. She learned about sailing from Rob James, and while waiting for him to return from an ocean race and marry her, she made the decision to sail single-handed around the world, non-stop. She told Rob her dream on their honeymoon, and had only six-weeks sailing experience at the time. Chay Blyth lent her the boat Spirit of Cutty Sark (later renamed Express Crusader), other people raised money for supplies, and the Daily Express raised sponsorship money. She
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    Dominique Wavre

    Dominique Wavre

    Dominique Wavre is Switzerland’s most accomplished ocean navigator, with seven round-the-world races to his credit and a record of consistently brilliant performances spanning the course of his 30-year career. Born in Geneva in 1955, Dominique discovered sailing at the age of 13, on Lake of Geneva. His sailing career includes several years spent in regattas and short races, at the helm of 505s (dinghy), and also small craft. Dominique has clocked in excess of 360,000 nautical miles, either solo as in several Vendée Globe races (2000-2001 5th place, 2004-2005 4th place and 2008-2009 DNF: lured by tourism opportunities near Kerguelen island), in pair, most often with Michèle Paret, his companion and sailing partner, for example Barcelona World Race (2008 3rd place), as well as in crew (eg. Whitbread). Dominique Wavre was also the coach for the crew of the Defi Français, the 1992 French Challenger in the Vuitton Cup. As of this writing [January 2010] Dominique Wavre and Michèle Paret are aboard Mirabaud, their IMOCA 60' Open, very competitively placed in the early part of the second edition of Barcelona World Race.
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    Harry Pidgeon

    Harry Clifford Pidgeon (August 31, 1869 – November 4, 1954), was an American sailor, a noted photographer, and was the second person to sail single-handedly around the world (1921-1925), 23 years after Joshua Slocum. Pidgeon was the first person to do this via the Panama Canal, and the first person to solo circumnavigate the world twice. On both trips, he sailed a 34-foot yawl named the Islander, which Pidgeon constructed by himself. He accounts for his adventures in his book, Around the World Single-Handed: The Cruise of the "Islander" (1932). Harry Clifford Pidgeon was born 31 August 1869 on a farm in Iowa. His father, Isaac Marion Pidgeon, was married 3 times and had a total of 12 children. The family were Quakers. At the age of 15, he set out for California where he found work on a ranch. Before long, he traveled north to Alaska, where he took a raft down the Yukon River and spent some time sailing among the small islands of the southeastern Alaskan coast. Later, he returned to California and traveled and worked in the Sierra Nevada mountains, taking up a career in photography. In 1917, Pidgeon started constructing the Islander from plans he copied from a book in the local
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    Jessica Watson

    Jessica Watson

    Jessica Watson, OAM (born 18 May 1993) is an Australian sailor. She resides in Buderim, Queensland. In May 2010, she unofficially became the youngest person to sail non-stop and unassisted around the world, although her route did not meet World Sailing Speed Record Council (WSSRC) criteria for circumnavigation of the globe. Watson departed from Sydney on 18 October 2009, heading eastbound over the Pacific Ocean, Atlantic Ocean and the Indian Ocean. She returned to Sydney on 15 May 2010, three days before her 17th birthday. On 25 January 2011 she was named the 2011 Young Australian of the Year. The following year she was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia. Watson was born on the Gold Coast in Queensland, Australia. The second of four children of New Zealand couple Roger and Julie Watson, who moved to Australia in 1987, she has dual Australian and New Zealand nationality. She has an older sister (Emily) and younger brother and sister (Tom and Hannah). All four took sailing lessons as children, and the family went on to live on board a 16 metre cabin cruiser for five years, the children being home schooled via distance learning. Later they lived on a purpose-built double decker
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    Nándor Fa

    Nándor Fa is a Hungarian navigator who sailed around the world several times. His first circumnavigation was with József Gál, between 1985 and 1987, aboard 'Szent Jupát', a boat they had built together in the early eighties. Together, they were the first Hungarians to sail around the world. Between 1988 and 1990, Nándor Fa built another yacht, 'Alba Regia' with which he took part in the 1990-1991 BOC Challenge [needs reference/confirmation] and also the 1992-1993 Vendée Globe which he completed in 5th position, in 128 days 16 hours and 5 minutes. He also competed in the 1996-1997 edition of the Vendée Globe but a collision caused him to abort the race. Nándor was awarded the Officer's Cross by Hungarian President Arpad Goncz.
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    Dodge Morgan

    Dodge David Morgan (January 15, 1932 – September 14, 2010) was an American sailor, businessman, publisher and "self-proclaimed contrarian." He flew fighter jets in the U.S. Air Force in the early 1950s, worked as a newspaper reporter in Alaska, and became a millionaire by operating a company that manufactured radar detectors from 1971 to 1983. He gained fame in 1986 as the first American to sail solo around the globe with no stops. He also set a world record for westward sailing when he completed his journey in 150 days, cutting the prior record of 292 days nearly in half. He spent his later years living on a 30-acre island that he purchased in 1998 in Maine's Quahog Harbor. Morgan was born in Malden, Massachusetts in 1932. His father, Russell B. Morgan, was a pharmacist who died when Morgan was two or three years old. His mother, Ruth Dodge Morgan remarried, and Morgan recalled having "quite a happy life" with his new family. He described himself as "a lousy student" who devoted most of his time to "sports and other such activities." He also worked at his uncle's boatyard on Cape Cod as a teenager. On reaching adulthood, Morgan joined the United States Air Force and flew jet
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    Henryk Jaskuła

    Henryk Jaskuła

    Henryk Jaskuła (b. 22 October 1923 in Radziszów) is a yachtsman, sailing captain, and electrician. He was the first Pole to perform a single-handed non-stop circumnavigation of the globe. He achieved it on the yacht Dar Przemyśla. Jaskuła became the third man to circumnavigate the globe non-stop and single-handed on 20 May 1980, the day he returned to Gdynia.
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    Minoru Saito

    Minoru Saito

    Minoru Saito (born January 7, 1934 in Asakusa, Tokyo) is a Japanese solo yachtsman. He became the oldest person at age 77 to do a solo, non-stop circumnavigation of the globe. He has successfully made eight solo circumnavigations. On October 16, 2004 Saito left Japan on his yacht Shuten-dohji II (in English: "Drunkard's Child," sometimes jokingly westernized by other sailors as "Shoot Your Doggy") and returned 233 days later to complete his 7th circumnavigation, non-stop. He finished his 8th solo circumnavigation, this time the "wrong way around," on September 17, 2011, after 1,080 days. He was 77 years old on completion. He was born on January 7, 1934 in Asakusa, Tokyo. Veteran ocean sailboat racer Minoru Saito has participated three times in the most prestigious and grueling race in the sailing world, the single-handed, around-the-globe competition originally called the BOC Challenge, then Around Alone, and renamed the 5-Oceans Race which commenced in 2006. The races are run in legs, with stop-overs for rest and repair in several countries along the way. In his continuing career, Saito has become the most experienced blue-water yachtsman from Japan with transoceanic voyages
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    Neal Petersen

    Neal Petersen, born 1967, is a South African-born motivational speaker, author and round-the-world yachtsman. He is also one of the founding partners of the investment bank Sequence Holdings, and founder of the No Barriers Education Foundation. To date he has published two books: No Barriers was published in 1994. His second book Journey of a Hope Merchant: From Apartheid to the Elite World of Solo Yacht Racing was published in 2004, w/ William P. Baldwin & Patty Fulcher. Both books deal with various aspects of his yachting career, with No Barriers concentrating on his first journey from South Africa to Europe. Journey of a Hope Merchant won the 2005 National Outdoor Book Award (History/Biography category). He now spends most of his time touring the United States as a motivational speaker.
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    Robin Knox-Johnston

    Sir William Robert Patrick "Robin" Knox-Johnston, CBE, RD and bar (born 17 March 1939) is an English sailor. He was the first man to perform a single-handed non-stop circumnavigation of the globe and was the second winner of the Jules Verne Trophy (together with Sir Peter Blake). For this he was awarded with Blake the ISAF Yachtsman of the Year award. In 2006 he became at 67 the oldest yachtsman to complete a round the world solo voyage in the VELUX 5 Oceans Race. He was born in Putney in London, grew up on The Wirral and was educated at the Berkhamsted Boys school. From 1957 to 1965 he served in the Merchant Navy and the Royal Naval Reserve. In 1965 he sailed his Colin Archer design sloop Suhaili from Bombay to England. Due to a lack of money he had to interrupt his voyage for work in South Africa and was only able to complete it in 1967. In 1962 he married Suzanne (Sue), who he had known from the age of 8 and they had one daughter, Sara, who was born in Bombay whilst he was at sea. She left him when he proposed taking her and the child back to England in his new boat Suhaili, and they were divorced in 1967. However, in 1972 they remarried and now have five grandchildren. She died
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    3 votes
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    Francis Chichester

    Francis Chichester

    Sir Francis Charles Chichester KBE (17 September 1901 – 26 August 1972), aviator and sailor, was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II for becoming the second person to sail single-handed around the world by the clipper route, and the fastest circumnavigator, in nine months and one day overall. The first person to circumnavigate single-handed was Joshua Slocum, a Nova Scotian, became a naturalized American, over a three year period starting in 1895 Chichester was born in Barnstaple, Devon, England, and was the son of an Anglican clergyman, Reverend Charles Chichester, seventh son of Sir Arthur Chichester, 8th Baronet (see Chichester baronets). His mother was Emily Annie, daughter of Samuel Page. He was sent to a residential boarding school at the age of 6, and attended Marlborough College as an adolescent during the first World War. At age 18, Chichester emigrated to New Zealand, where in ten years he built up a prosperous business in forestry, mining and property development, only to suffer severe losses in the Great Depression. After returning to England in 1929 to visit family, he took flying lessons at Brooklands, Surrey, and became a qualified pilot. He then took delivery of a de
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    33
    Catherine Chabaud

    Catherine Chabaud

    Catherine Chabaud is French journalist born in 1962 near Lyon. She is known for her impressive sailing record which includes a non-stop and without assistance around the world voyage (Vendée Globe 1996-1997) which made her the first woman to do so in the context of a race. She's also taken part in several transatlantic races, solo or as a team. In the area of all things Ocean-at-large, she's also a former editor in chief of the Magazine Thalassa. She is also very engaged in her journalistic career in all that is related to the environment and sustainable development. Catherine is also the author of several non-fiction books.
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    Alain Colas

    Alain Colas

    Alain Colas is a French sailor (1943-1978). He was the first sailor to circumnavigate single handedly a multi-hull craft around the world. He disappeared at sea, offshore from the Azores on November 16th 1978, during the first edition of the Route du Rhum race.
    Colas appeared destined for a career in higher education as he started teaching at the University of Sydney. However a chance encounter with famous French sailor Eric Tabarly who had just completed the Sydney-Hobart race and offered Colas a passage to New Caledonia aboard Pen Duick III put an immediate end to Alain Colas' scholarly aspirations and turned him to a life of sailing. He financed -in part- this expensive "hobby" by selling photographs and freelance pieces about his travels.
    Aboard the trimaran Pen Duick IV which he purchased from Tabarly in 1970, and which he eventually renamed Manureva, Colas makes a name for himself by winning the 1972 OSTAR Transatlantic race (Plymouth - Newport), breaking the record of the race by more than 5 days. In 1973 he embarks for a voyage around the world, loosely following the route of the first edition of the Whitbread race and this makes him the first to successfully circumnavigate solo, in a multi-hull craft. However this accomplishment is somewhat tarnished as some reproach him of stealing the media light from the Whitbread teams, aboard his technically superior yacht, and a second controversy regarding the material used for the keel of Pen Duick VI, Eric Tabarly's new boat entered in the Whitbread are often cited as the reasons for a parting of ways between Eric and Alain who had been friends and often shipmates since 1967. in Alain Colas is also known for designing and promoting the Club Mediterannée ship, a four masts, 236 feet, super modern mono-hull, completed in 1976.
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    2 votes
    35
    Bertie Reed

    Bertie Reed

    Bertie Reed, aka Stanley John Reed, was a South African sailor and ocean racer. He completed three solo circumnavigations and demonstrated extreme bravery when rescuing fellow South-African and competitor John Martin whose yacht was sunk by a growler in the Southern Seas, during the '1990-1991 BOC Challenge'. Overall, he sailed 170,000 nautical miles competitively more than half of which singlehandedly; his toughness in adverse conditions at sea earned him the nickname 'Biltong' (i.e. a South African cured meat akin to, although different-tasting, American beef jerky). Reed was introduced to sailing as he joined the South African Navy in 1961. Although well known locally, he achieved World fame when he placed second in the 1982-1983 BOC Challenge. A modest man, he was generous with his knowledge of seamanship and also amused land bound people by systematically having his wristwatch set on GMT wherever he happened to be, including on land. Bertie died of cancer in 2006.
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    2 votes
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    Christophe Auguin

    Christophe Auguin

    Christophe Auguin is a French sailor and ocean racer born in 1959 in Normandy. He is one of the greatest single-handed racing sailors of all times and, to date, the only sailor to win three single-handed circumnavigation races ('BOC Challenge' in 1990-91 and 1994-95 and 'Vendée Globe' in 1996-97). After these successes and numerous other accomplishments Auguin retired from the competition and started 'Navegar al Sur', a charter company which organizes hands-on sailing cruises during the austral summer, in the Cape Horn - Patagonia - Antartica - South Georgia region.
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    3 votes
    37

    Vito Dumas

    Vito Dumas (September 26, 1900 - March 28, 1965) was an Argentine single-handed sailor. In 1942, while the world was in the depths of World War II, he set out on a single-handed circumnavigation of the Southern Ocean. He left Buenos Aires in June, sailing LEHG II, a 31-foot ketch an acronym representing "four names which marked my life". He had only the most basic and makeshift gear; he had no radio, for fear of being shot as a spy, and was forced to stuff his clothes with newspaper to keep warm. With only three landfalls, the legs of his trip were the longest that had been made by a single-hander, and in the most ferocious oceans on the Earth; but most of all, it was a powerful retort to a world which had chosen to divide itself by war. He donated his boat to the Argentine Navy for training, but after a few years it was neglected, broke its mooring chain, and was wrecked on the rocky shore. A wealthy Argentine yachtsman paid to have it restored and donated it to the Argentina Naval Museum in Tigre, a nautical river town on a backwater of the River Plate. The Lehg II is now on display in Tigre, which is a short train ride from Buenos Aires. Dumas was the inspiration for an
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    3 votes
    38

    Adrian Hayter

    Adrian Goodenough Hayter (born 22 December 1914, died 14 June 1990) was a writer and adventurer. He served in the British Indian Army in a Gurkha regiment from the early 1930s earning a Military Cross in 1942 by taking a Japanese stronghold. He completed a solo circumnavigation of the globe in 1956 and again 1963 travelling this time east to west becoming the first to sail around the world both ways.In 1964-5, he led the first "wintering-over" party at Scott Base in Antarctica and was later awarded the Polar Medal.
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    1 votes
    39
    Isabelle Autissier

    Isabelle Autissier

    Isabelle Autissier (born 18 October 1956, Paris) is a French sailor, navigator, writer, and broadcaster. She is celebrated for being the first woman to have completed a solo world navigation in competition (BOC Challenge 1991). While competing in the 1994-95 BOC Challenge Autissier's boat Ecureuil Poitou Charentes II was dismasted and severely damaged approximately 900 nautical miles (1,700 km) south of Adelaide, Australia. Autissier was rescued on 1 January 1995 by a Seahawk helicopter launched from the Royal Australian Navy frigate, HMAS Darwin. In the 1998-99 Around Alone race Autissier was rescued by fellow competitor Giovanni Soldini when her boat PRB capsized approximately 1,900 miles (3,100 km) west of Cape Horn. http://www.finerminds.com/personal-growth/profound-lessons-from-the-sea/
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    1 votes
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    Eric Dumont

    Eric Dumont

    Éric Dumont is a former French yachtsman who participated in the 1996/97 Vendée Globe in the yacht Café Legal-Le Goût. Dumont announced his retirement from the sport in 2003 after a minor collision with another yacht result in the breaking of his thigh bone.
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    2 votes
    41
    Pete Goss

    Pete Goss

    Pete Goss, MBE is a British yachtsman who has sailed more than 250,000 nautical miles (460,000 km). A former Royal Marine, he is famous for his pioneering project Team Philips. He received a Legion d'Honneur for saving fellow sailor Raphaël Dinelli in the 1996 Vendée Globe solo around the world yacht race. During a severe storm in the Southern Ocean, he turned his boat around and spent two days sailing into hurricane force winds, finally finding Dinelli in a life-raft that had been dropped by an Australian Air Force plane shortly before his own yacht had sunk. Dinelli is said to have come aboard clutching a bottle of champagne. He trained the original set of amateur crews for the British Steel Challenge, and competed in the race on board Hoffbräu Lager, coming 3rd overall. Goss currently lives in Torpoint, Cornwall, and has three teenage children: Alex, Livvy and Eliot. In June 2008, Goss launched a replica of a 19th century wooden lugger called The Spirit of Mystery. Four months later, he began a voyage from Cornwall to Australia on the boat, which has no modern electrical or navigation systems.
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    2 votes
    42
    Conrad Humphreys

    Conrad Humphreys

    Conrad David Humphreys was born in Exmouth, Devon on the 13th February 1973. He is a professional sailor and has competed in three round the world races. On the 20th of February 2005, he became only the 5th British sailor to complete the Vendée Globe. He finished 7th after 104 days at sea in what has been acknowledged as one of the most remarkable comebacks in the history of the Vendée Globe race. Humphreys' professional career in sailing began at 17 years old, when he was spotted at the Junior World Cadet Championships and asked to join the Youth Challenge campaign for the 1993-4 Whitbread Round the World Race (now the Volvo Ocean Race) The change in direction thrust him into the world of extreme ocean racing. His first leadership challenge was as Skipper of LG FLATRON in the gruelling BT Global Challenge 2000-01. Humphreys and his team went onto dominate the race setting a record pace and winning four out of seven legs. At just 26 years of age, Humphreys became the youngest winning skipper in the history of the race. For Humphreys' third circumnavigation, he decided to take on the Everest of ocean racing, the non-stop, solo round the world race, the 2004-05 Vendée Globe.
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    3 votes
    43

    Harry Harkimo

    Harry "Hjallis" Harkimo (born 2 November 1953 in Helsinki) is a Finnish businessman and sportsperson. He is the chairman of the board of the Helsinki-based ice-hockey team Jokerit,. He is also the developer of the team's home arena, Hartwall Areena, and as an investor in sports. Harkimo has also hosted Finnish version of The Apprentice in 2009 and 2010. He has also been a professional sailor and a sports manager. In 1986–1987 he took part of round-the-world single-handed yacht race BOC Challenge and finished third. Early 2000s, Hjallis divorced his member-of-parliament-wife Leena Harkimo and married younger member-of-parliament Merikukka Forsius-Harkimo. Harry Harkimo and Merikukka Forsius-Harkimo divorced after one year of marriage.
    6.33
    3 votes
    44

    Alec Rose

    Sir Alec Rose (13 July 1908 – 11 January 1991) was a nursery owner and fruit merchant in England who had a passion for amateur single-handed sailing, for which he was ultimately knighted. Alec Rose was born in Canterbury. During World War II he served in the Royal Navy as a diesel mechanic on a convoy escort, HMS Leith. In 1964, Rose participated in the second single-handed transatlantic race, placing fourth across the line in his 36 foot cutter Lively Lady, originally built of paduak by Mr. Cambridge, the previous owner, in Calcutta. Rose then modified the boat, including the addition of a mizzenmast, to sail single-handed around the world. He attempted to start this journey at approximately the same time as Francis Chichester sailing Gypsy Moth IV in 1966, but a series of misfortunes delayed Rose's departure until the following year. The journey was closely followed by the British and international press, and culminated in his successful return in Portsmouth on 4 July 1968, 354 days later, to cheering crowds of hundreds of thousands. The following day he was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II, and nine days later he turned 60 years old. His voyages are detailed in his book "My Lively
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    2 votes
    45

    Bernard Moitessier

    Bernard Moitessier (10 April 1925 – 16 June 1994) was a renowned French yachtsman and author of books about his voyages and sailing. In 1968 Moitessier participated in the Sunday Times Golden Globe Race, which would reward the first sailor as well as the fastest sailor to circumnavigate the Earth solo, non-stop. Although Moitessier stood a very good chance of winning, he abandoned his effort seven months into the race, and continued on to Tahiti rather than returning to England. Moitessier grew up next to the sea in Indo-China and left it at the beginning of the Vietnam War as a crew member of sailing trade junks. In Indonesia he purchased the dilapidated junk Marie-Thérèse in 1952 to travel slowly further to France by singlehanded sailing. On the first leg to Seychelles he had to stop her from leaking in the middle of the Indian Ocean by diving underneath the boat at sea. After 85 days of sailing through monsoon weather he ran aground on Diego Garcia, due to not having modern navigational instruments. He was deported to Mauritius, because Diego Garcia is a military restricted area, and worked there three years before he could sail again in a boat he had built himself. This he
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    2 votes
    46
    Ellen MacArthur

    Ellen MacArthur

    Dame Ellen Patricia MacArthur, DBE (born 8 July 1976) is a retired British sailor, from Whatstandwell near Matlock in Derbyshire, now based in West Cowes, Isle of Wight. Dame Ellen is best known as a solo long-distance yachtswoman. On 7 February 2005 she broke the world record for the fastest solo circumnavigation of the globe, a feat which gained her international renown. Francis Joyon, the Frenchman who had held the record before MacArthur, recovered the record again in early 2008, beating MacArthur's record by nearly two weeks. Following her retirement from professional sailing on 2 September 2010, MacArthur announced the launch of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, a charity that works with business and education to accelerate the transition to a circular economy MacArthur was born in Derbyshire where she lived with her parents who were both teachers and two brothers, Fergus and Lewis. She acquired her early interest in sailing, firstly by her desire to emulate her idol at the time, Sophie Burke and, secondly by reading Arthur Ransome's Swallows and Amazons series of books. She has since become the Patron of the Nancy Blackett Trust which owns and operates Ransome's yacht, Nancy
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    2 votes
    47
    Jean Luc Van Den Heede

    Jean Luc Van Den Heede

    Jean Luc Van Den Heede (born 8 June 1945 in Amiens) is a French sailor. He is best known for his achievements in single-handed sailing and set the current world-record for the westabout circumnavigation (he holds the overall record, i.e. although he sailed solo, nobody was faster on this route with a crewed boat). He started sailing at the age of 17. In the Breton port city of Lorient he worked as a mathematics teacher. After 1989 he became a full-time sailor. Among sailors, he is also known by his initials VDH.
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    2 votes
    48

    Lisa Clayton

    Lisa Lyttelton, Dowager Viscountess Cobham (born c. 1958 as Lisa Clayton) is the first British woman to sail single-handed and non-stop around the world. She was educated in Birmingham at the Church of England School for Girls and the University of Birmingham. On September 17, 1994, Clayton set out to attempt two world records, namely "Fastest Sail Around The World By A Woman, Single-Handed Without Assistance" and "First British Woman To Sail Single-Handed And Non-Stop Around The World." Clayton returned on June 29, 1995 after 285 days at sea. On her thirty-eight foot yacht, the Spirit of Birmingham, Lisa survived the 31,000-mile (50,000 km) journey, despite capsizing seven times. Her vessel was named after her home city and the university which contributed over £40,000 and inestimable expertise to make it possible for Clayton to realise her dream. Lisa married the 11th Viscount Cobham, the owner of Hagley Hall in Worcestershire, on 1 August 1997. He died in 2006.
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    50
    Brian Thompson

    Brian Thompson

    Brian Thompson is a renowned British offshore racer, holder of several sailing records. He has extensive experience with multi-hull craft such as Steve Fosset's trimarans 'Lakota', 'PlayStation' and 'Cheyenne' his 125 feet catamaran, as well as the 60' America's Cup catamaran 'Starts and Stripes'. He's also had much experience with the single hull IMOCA Open 60 class, single handedly or in pairs such as with Dee Caffari, Alex Thomson and Roland Jourdain. His impressive sailing record includes a 5th position in the 2008-2009 edition of the Vendée Globe. Brian is also an ambassador for the Toe-in-the-Water organization which aims at engaging injured servicemen in competitive sailing.
    6.00
    3 votes
    51

    Ian Kiernan

    Ian Bruce Carrick Kiernan AO (born 4 October 1940) is an environmentalist who organised the Clean Up Australia campaign, and in 1993 a similar Clean Up the World operation which attracted participation from 30 million volunteers in 80 countries. Kiernan was born in Sydney to George Arthur and Leslie Katherine Kiernan. He was educated at The Scots College in Sydney, The Armidale School in northern New South Wales, and the Sydney Technical College, where he trained as a builder. Kiernan is a passionate yachtsman, sailing competitively for more than 40 years and representing Australia at the Admiral's, Southern Cross, Dunhill, Clipper, Kenwood and Trans Pacific Cup competitions. In 1986/87 Kiernan represented Australia in the BOC Challenge solo around-the-world yacht race. He finished 6th out of a fleet of 25 yachts from 11 nations, setting an Australian record for a solo circumnavigation of the world. It was during the BOC Challenge that Kiernan saw and was appalled by the amount of rubbish choking the world's oceans. With the support of a committee of friends, he organised a community event - Clean Up Sydney Harbour on Sunday 8 January 1989. 40,000 volunteers turned out to help
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    1 votes
    52

    Kay Cottee

    Kay Cottee, AO (born 1954, Sydney, Australia) was the first female sailor to perform a single-handed, non-stop circumnavigation of the world. She performed this feat in 1988 in her 37 feet (11 m) yacht Blackmore's First Lady, taking 189 days. Born Kay McLaren, the youngest of four daughters, in Sydney on 25 January 1954 Cottee grew up in the southern Sydney suburb of Botany Bayside, near Sans Souci. She was born into a yachting family and was taken sailing for the first time when only a few weeks old. For high-schooling she attended Moorefield Girls High School in Kogarah, NSW. At 34, Kay Cottee became the first woman to sail solo, unassisted and nonstop round the world in June 1988. Leaving on 29 November 1987 from Watsons Bay and returning 189 days later on 5 June, she cruised into Sydney Harbour to be met by tens of thousands of well wishers. Her historic voyage on the 37 feet (11 m) yacht Blackmore's First Lady was the result of a childhood ambition. She suffered extensive bruising when, in the Southern Ocean, her boat turned upside down and she was washed overboard while harnessed to the boat by two safety lines. A highlight of her trip was rounding Cape Horn of southern
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    3 votes
    53
    Didier Munduteguy

    Didier Munduteguy

    Didier Munduteguy is a French sailor and ocean racer. He successfully completed the '2000-2001 Vendée Globe' in 135 days, 15h and 17 minutes (14th position). This was his second participation in this non-stop, single-handed circumnavigation race, but his yacht dismasted during his first attempt, in 1996-1997. His Ocean racing record also include a second place in the 'TwoStar', i.e. the Plymouth to Newport transatlantic race where in 1990 he and teammate Mike Birch finished close second aboard 60 foot trimaran 'Fujicolor'. After his ocean racing days, Didier stayed close to the water, as he started a career in seaport administration, first in Saint Jean de Luz and more recently with the Bayonne Port Authority.
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    55

    Kojiro Shiraishi

    Kojiro Shiraishi (白石 康次郎, Shiraishi Kōjiō) is the record holder as the youngest sailor in the world to circumnavigate the globe in a continuous solo journey. He was born in Tokyo, Japan in 1967, and grew up in Kamakura. In 2005, he participated in the VELUX 5 Oceans Race in his boat, Spirit of Yukoh, and placed second, beating notable sailors such as Sir Robin Knox-Johnston and Mike Golding.
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    1 votes
    56
    Michel Desjoyeaux

    Michel Desjoyeaux

    Michel Desjoyeaux (born 16 July 1965, in Concarneau) is a French sailor, known for competing successfully in several long-distance single-handed races. He won the Vendée Globe race in 2000-01 and 2008–09, making him the only person to win that race more than once.
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    3 votes
    57
    Ambrogio Fogar

    Ambrogio Fogar

    Ambrogio Fogar (August 13, 1941 – August 23, 2005) (IPA: [ˈfɔːgaɾ]) was an Italian sailor, writer, rally driver and all-round adventurer. He was a Commander of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic. His exploits included a number of successful long-distance sailing feats, such as becoming the first Italian to sail single-handedly from east to west around the world. In 1978, after being capsized by killer whales, he survived more than ten weeks in a life raft in the South Atlantic along with a friend, journalist Mauro Mancini, who died of pneumonia two days after they were rescued. After this, Fogar largely abandoned sailing. He made an unsuccessful attempt to walk to the North Pole and competed several times in the Dakar Rally. In 1992 Fogar was paralysed from the neck down following a jeep accident while rallying in Turkmenistan. This did not end his adventurous spirit, and in 1997, in a wheelchair, he competed in a round-Italy yacht race. He died in 2005 of a heart attack.
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    2 votes
    58

    Hal Roth

    Hal Roth (1927 – October 18, 2008) was an American sailor and author. In 1971 he was awarded the Blue Water Medal of the Cruising Club of America. He died of lung cancer. Hal Roth was an avid sailor and prolific sailing writer. The success of his first book, about the John Muir Trail in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, prompted him and his wife to try the precarious worlds of adventuring and writing. They quit their jobs, and began a 19 month voyage around the Pacific in a 35 foot sloop. Their vast journey culminated in the publication of his first sailing book, "Two on a Big Ocean." He and his wife, Margaret, subsequently made a life of sailing and writing about it, including sailing around South America and a circumnavigation via Panama, the Torres Strait, and Suez. He then raced single-handedly around the world in the 1986-87 BOC Challenge, finishing fourth in a class of fourteen. History description from The Hal Roth Papers of San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park Historic Documents Department: Hal Roth was born in Cleveland, Ohio, in 1927. He was an aviator during World War II and the Korean War. During the course of his lifetime, Roth was also an author, sailor,
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    2 votes
    59
    Alain Gerbault

    Alain Gerbault

    Alain J. Gerbault (1893-1941) was a French aviator and tennis champion, who made a circumnavigation of the world as a single-handed sailor. He eventually settled in the islands of south Pacific Ocean, where he wrote several books about the islanders' way of life. Alain Gerbault was born on November 17, 1893 in Laval, to an upper-middle-class family. He spent much of his youth in Dinard, near the ancient port of St. Malo; he spent his summers playing tennis and football, as well as hunting and fishing. At college he studied civil engineering. At the age of twenty-one, Gerbault joined in the Flying Corps, serving as an officer; by the end of the war, he was a decorated hero. After the war, he took up tennis, becoming the French champion, and also bridge, at which he achieved an international rating. Despite his achievements, he was still searching for something do to with his life, and considered attempting to fly the Atlantic Ocean. While visiting England in 1921 to play tennis, he came across Firecrest, an old British-designed 39-foot racing/cruising gaff sloop, at Southampton. He had already been toying with the idea of long-distance sailing, so he purchased the boat and spent a
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    1 votes
    60
    Emma Richards

    Emma Richards

    Emma Richards MBE is a British yachtswoman. In 2002–2003, she became the first British woman and youngest ever person to complete the Around Alone, a 29,000 mile, single-handed round the world yacht race with stops. She was also a crew member during the Volvo Ocean Race 2001. Her talent comes from spending so much time sailing, from a young age. At 11 she competed in dinghy world championships. She took a degree in sports medicine at the University of Glasgow. She was awarded an MBE in the New Years Honours List 2004, in recognition of her remarkable achievements.
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    1 votes
    61
    Titouan Lamazou

    Titouan Lamazou

    Titouan Lamazou is a French artist, author, navigator, photographer and poet, born in 1955 in Casablanca (Maroc). He officially changed his given name to Titouan, from Antoine, in 1986. A student of Yvon Le Corre, in the area of graphic arts as well as that of sailing, Titouan was Yvon Fauconnier's and, later, Eric Tabarly's sailing mate. Originally destined to a career in the graphic arts and after a few months at the Ecole Nationale des Beaux Arts in Paris, Titouan takes to offshore sailing, for the purpose of traveling, at first, and soon for competitive purposes. After a very distinguished career on the off-shore racing circuit, he returns to his art and publishes numerous books; in 2001 he starts Zoé-Zoé Femmes du Monde (Women of the World) project with the explicit purpose of promoting the autonomy of women and equality between the sexes. Between 2001 and 2007 he completes many portraits of women, and also involves himself very effectively in various organizations advocating the rights of women and children in the World. He was appointed a UNESCO Artist for Peace in 2003. His achievements in the area of sailing include: - second place of the BOC Challenge in 1986 - Winning the first edition of the Vendée Globe (Round-the-World, solo) race in 1990. - Winning the Route du Rhum transat, in the monohull category, in 1990 - Winning the Quebec - Saint Malo transat, in the monohull category, in 1988 - Co-founding the Trophée Jules-Verne, with Florence Arthaud and several - Designing the world's biggest monohull yacht, the Tag Hauer, for the purpose of the Jules Verne challenge, unfortunately this boat sank in in 1993.
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    1 votes
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    Loïck Peyron

    Loïck Peyron

    Loïck Peyron, born 1 December 1959 in Nantes, is a French yachtsman, younger brother of the yachtsman Bruno Peyron. He is particularly famous for winning many races in the 1990s on board his trimaran Fujicolor. Among his notable achievements, he won the ORMA Championship four times in 1996, 1997, 1999 and 2002, the STAR transatlatic race three times, the transat Jacques Vabre twice and he is the current Jules Verne Trophy holder. After Benjamin de Rothschild gave him control of the Gitana Team in April 2006, the team built Gitana Eighty, a 60 feet monohull, launched in July 2007 with which Loick Peyron won the Transat. On 9 December 2008, he began his participation in the 2008-2009 Vendée Globe with Gitana Eighty. After having led the race for 16 days, Gitana Eighty's mast broke. In 2010, Peyron sailed in the 33rd America's Cup as part of the Alinghi Team, in the roles of 'floater' in race 1 and relief helmsman in race 2. Alinghi were defeated by the American challenger BMW Oracle Racing. In early 2012 he won the Jules Verne Trophy in a time of 45 days 13 hours 42 minutes 53 seconds, breaking Franck Cammas previous record by 2 days.
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    Mike Golding

    Mike Golding (born 27 August 1960 educated at Reading Blue Coat School) is an English yachtsman. He is one of the few yachtsmen to have raced round the world non stop in both directions. He held the solo record for sailing round the world westabout (the most challenging direction for circumnavigation) between 1994 and 2000. Golding, who is a member of Royal Southampton Yacht Club, is the eponymous co founder of the commercial company Mike Golding Yacht Racing Ltd, a professional and competitive company whose goals are to compete and win on the water and to deliver. His partner in this venture is Jorgen Philip-Sorensen. Golding led the team Group 4 to second place in the British Steel Challenge in 1992–3. He did one better in the next edition the BT Global Challenge 1996–7, taking first place with a new team of amateur sailors, again onboard Group 4. Golding came seventh in the 2000–2001 Vendée Globe solo non stop round the world race having lost seven days to the dismasting of his Open 60, again called Group 4. His present Open 60 campaign is sponsored by Ecover, a Belgian ecological cleaning products company which has sponsored his team since 2001. In 2004 he won the IMOCA World
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    2 votes
    64

    Pat Henry

    Pat Henry is an American artist and author born in 1941 in Chicago. She is known being one of the first women to sail around the world single-handedly, during her 1989-1997 journey which took her, westward, from Acapulco and back by way of Suez and Panama canals, visiting some forty countries along the way and developing her watercolor art in the process. Shortly after returning from this odyssey, Henry made her home in Puerto Vallarta in Mexico, where she opened an art studio and also started various projects such as sailing charter, organic stretching clinics (pain management therapy) and more recently the 'Coming About Women's Sailing School' which aims at helping women gain confidence in themselves and find their identity through the challenges of sailing.
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    Samantha Davies

    Samantha Davies

    Sam Davies is a British ocean racer. Born in 1974 in Portmouth, UK, she has an impressive list of achievements to her name. Some highlights include: In 1998, She was part of the all ladies' team aboard Royal and SunAlliance maxi catamaran for its failed attempt at the Jules Verne Trophy. She held, twice, records for the crossing of the English Channel and around the British Isles. Aboard Roxy (IMOCA 60' open), she took part honorably in several Transats and in 2008-2009, Sam misses the podium of the Vendée Globe by a mere 80 minutes (4th place, behind Marc Guillemot) ! No doubts she'll return for the 2012 edition of the Vendée Globe.
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    Chay Blyth

    Sir Charles Blyth, CBE, BEM (born 14 May 1940), known as Chay Blyth, is a Scottish yachtsman and rower. He was the first person to sail single-handed non-stop westwards around the world (1971), on a 59-foot boat called British Steel. Blyth was born in Hawick, Roxburghshire. He joined the British Army Parachute Regiment when he was 18 and rose quickly through the ranks to become a Sergeant at the age of 21. In 1966, whilst in the Army, Blyth, together with Captain John Ridgway, rowed across the North Atlantic in a 20 ft open dory called English Rose III. After successfully completing this in 92 days Blyth was awarded the British Empire Medal (BEM). In 1968, with no sailing experience, he competed in the Sunday Times Golden Globe Race, aboard a 30 ft yacht called Dytiscus retiring just past the Cape of Good Hope. In 1971 Blyth became the first person to sail non-stop westwards around the world, aboard the yacht British Steel, taking 292 days, and as a result was made a Commander of the British Empire (CBE). In 1973, Blyth skippered a crew of paratroopers in the yacht Great Britain II, which took line honours in the Whitbread Round the World Yacht Race, and in 1978 won the Round
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    Richard Konkolski

    Richard Konkolski, Czech-American around-the-world sailor, born July 6, 1943 in Oderberg, Nazi Germany (now Bohumín, Czech Republic), naturalized US citizen since 1994.
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    Francis Joyon

    Francis Joyon

    Francis Joyon (born May 28, 1956) is a professional sail boat racer and yachtsman, and currently holds the record for the fastest single-handed sailing circumnavigation. Although previously well known as an offshore sailor, Joyon's real leap to international prominence came in February 2004 when the Breton became the fastest world solo yachtsman, setting a time over 20 days faster than the previous record for a circumnavigation of 72 days 22 hours and 54 minutes and 22 seconds. During the record run he sailed more than 28,000 nautical miles (51,900 km) at an average speed of 15.5 knots (28.7 km/h) on the 90 feet (27.4 m) trimaran IDEC. IDEC, formerly known as Sport Electric, had previously taken 71 days to win the Jules Verne Trophy. Joyon took only an extra day on his own with a boat not designed for single-handed sailing, original (over 10 year old) sails and no weather router. In February 2005 Ellen MacArthur beat Joyon's record by 1 day, 8 hours, 35 minutes, 49 seconds. On 6 July 2005 Francis Joyon and IDEC crossed the finishing line between Lizard Point and Ushant 6 days 4 hours 1 minute and 37 seconds after the start at Ambrose Light off New York, breaking the 11-year old
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    Simone Bianchetti

    Simone Bianchetti was an Italian sailor and ocean racer born in 1968 in Cervia, on the Adriatic coast of Italy. The high points of his racing career include a successful completion of the 'Vendée Globe' in 2000-2001 finishing in 12th position, in 121 days 1 hour and 28 minutes and also his 3rd place in the '2002-2003 Around Alone' which arguably signified his entry among the elite of the sport. This career on-the-rise was unfortunately cut short a few months later, when Simone unexpectedly died of a cerebral aneurysm as he was enjoying the company of family and friends aboard a boat in the port of Savona. After graduating from the Italian Naval Institute of Cesenatico, and after obtaining his captaincy on the training Vessel Giorgio Cini" based in Venice, Simone served in the Italian Navy for two years and then devoted himself to the sport of sailing. Bianchetti's ocean racing career started in earnest with his entry in the '1994-1995 BOC' Challenge, aboard 50 foot yacht named 'Town of Cervia'. This salute to his hometown didn't bring him luck however as he was forced to retire from the race during the second leg (Cape Town - Sidney). He then took part in several Transat races many singlehanded, generally in the 50 foot or less category, until 1998 when he placed 26th in the 'Route du Rhum' (Saint-Malo to Pointe-à-Pitre) aboard 'Italia Telecom TNT', the first 60 foot open built in Italy. It is also in the IMOCA Open 60 class that he completed the Vendée Globe and the Around Alone mentioned above. Simone Bianchetti is also know for publishing a book of poetry which he wrote during his first single handed circumnavigation.
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    Alex Thomson

    Alex Thomson

    Alex Thomson (18 April 1974 in Bangor, Wales) is a British yachtsmen. Alex Thomson was helped early in his sailing career by Sir Keith Mills, the British businessman who ran London's victorious bid to host the 2012 Olympic Games and Paralympic Games and set up with British America’s Cup campaign TEAMORIGIN. With Mills backing, Thomson broke into the professional solo sailing circuit at a young age. He is the youngest skipper ever to win a round-the-world yacht race (1998-1999 Clipper Race). He is an around the world solo sailor, and holds the 24-hour world speed sailing record for solo mono-hulls (468 nm at an average speed of 19.5 kts). Sponsored by Hugo Boss he took part in the Vendee Globe 2004/05 but was forced to retire after damage to the carbon fitting that attached the boom to the deck.
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    Bernard Stamm

    Bernard Stamm is a Swiss sailor known for winning twice in a row the "BOC Challenge" in the IMOCA Open 60 category: in 2002-2003 (the race was then named 'Around Alone') and in 2006-2007 (race then named 'Velux 5 Oceans'). Stamm sailing record includes several other notable items such as being one of the designated helmsman on Bruno Peyron's maxi catamaran 'Orange II' during its successful attempt at the Jules Verne Trophée, in 2005. He's also had mixed fortune, notably two failed attempts in the Vendée Globe and also the loss of the keel during the 2004 Plymouth-Boston Transat, but these incidents appear to merely hone his determination; he's indeed readily readily preparing for the 2012-2013 edition of the Vendée Globe. Born in Geneva in 1963, and although casually introduced to sailing on small craft in his youth, Bernard Stamm came to ocean racing relatively late. He held various jobs on land and on water (lumberjack, boat-hand on cargo ships, work at a shipyard...) and in 1994 he settles in the small Brittany port of Lesconil to built his first yacht: a 'mini' in preparation of the '1995 Mini Transat' which he finishes in 3rd position. He soon works on 'Armor Lux' a 60 foot open, completed in time for the 2000 edition of Vendée Globe; various mechanical issues cause him to abandon this race. However the same year, on Armor Lux, he shatters the record of the Atlantic in 8 days, 20 hours and 52 minutes. It is again on 'Armor Lux' that he wins the 2002-2003 'Around Alone' and also the 2006-2007 'Velux 5 Oceans' (the boat was renamed 'Cheminées Poujolat' in 2004). Again, the Vendée Globe brings him bad luck, in 2008 as he's forced to abandon following a grounding on Kerguelen Islands.
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    Bruce Schwab

    Bruce Schwab

    Bruce Schwab (Born April 15, 1960 in Oxnard, California) is an American sailor and ocean racer. He circumnavigated the globe twice on his Open 60 racing yacht OceanPlanet becoming the 240th and then the 254th solo sailor to do so. Schwab is the first American to officially complete the famous Vendée Globe Race (2004–2005). Born April 15, 1960 in Oxnard, California, Schwab moved to the Seattle area in 1965. He lived there until 1973 when he went on a three year cruise with his father and two younger brothers. While returning up the coast to Seattle in 1976, Bruce sailed with his father on the Gary Mull 42 (formerly "Improbable"). He graduated from Ballard High School in Seattle in 1978 and attended the University of Washington for a short time. Schwab became a professional sailor, yacht rigger, and guitarist. He is famous for being the first American sailor to officially finish the Vendee Globe race in 2004-2005, a solo, nonstop, around the world yachting race sailing without assistance on Open 60 class boats, starting and finishing in Les Sables d'Olonne. Starting in 1979, Schwab spent a year in Santa Cruz racing ultralight displacement sailboats, including crewing on the Moore 24
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    David Scott Cowper

    David Scott Cowper

    David Scott Cowper is a British yachtsman, and was the first man to sail solo round the world in both directions and was also the first to successfully sail around the world via the Northwest Passage single-handed. Born in 1942, David Cowper was educated at Stowe School and lives and works in Newcastle upon Tyne. Although he is a Chartered Surveyor and a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, sailing was his passion from an early age. In 1974, Cowper participated and successfully completed The Observer Around Britain Race in his Wanderer-class sailboat, Airedale, designed by John Laurent Giles. In 1976, he successfully completed The Observer Single-Handed Trans-Atlantic Race, again in his boat Airedale. In 1980, Cowper completed the fastest solo circumnavigation of the globe solo via Cape Horn, Cape of Good Hope and Cape Leeuwin in Ocean Bound, a Sparkman & Stevens 41' sloop, beating Francis Chichester's record of 226 days by one day. Two years later, he repeated the feat, sailing against the prevailing westerly winds and rounding all five capes in 237 days, beating Chay Blyth's record by 71 days and becoming the first person to circumnavigate the world in both
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    Rollo Gebhard

    Rollo Gebhard (b. Rollo Gebhard July 7, 1921 in Salzburg, Austria) is a German multiple single hand maritime circumnavigator and author of books. His father was a private scholar. The family lived in many places around Europe. In WW II, he served in the Air Force (Luftwaffe) as a photographer. In 1956 he bought his first boat, Solveig I (Swedish: sun-strength). With this dinghy he sailed to the Red Sea. With his wooden Solveig II he crossed the Atlantic in 1963 single handed. SY Solveig III was his third boat, actually a yacht. He did two round the world cruises single handed with that from 1967 to 1970 and 1975. In 1983 he started off to an 8 year cruise with his girl friend Angelika Zilcher (later his wife), including a term of 6 month without a stop. Soon after in 1991, he founded a Society for dolphin conversation. From 2001 to 2003, he did a Europe-Russia-Europe cruise with his 7th boat Solveig VII, a Dutch-built motorcruiser. He published several books about his trips and about sailing itself.
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    Teddy Seymour

    Teddy Seymour

    Teddy Seymour is the first black man to sail around the world solo. On June 19, 1987, Teddy Seymour became officially designated the first black man to sail around the world when he completed his solo sailing circumnavigation in Frederiksted, St. Croix, of the United States Virgin Islands. Aboard his 35-foot (11m) Ericson, MK I, Alberg hull design, full keel, fiberglass boat, entitled Love Song, Teddy circumnavigated the earth, making only 12 stops. On February 24, 1986, after years of preparation, and with only a small pocket of money, Seymour began his sailing trip from his home port of St. Croix. He finished his trip exactly where he had started a year and a half later. On June 18, 1992, the Bay State Banner wrote the following: "Lacking corporate sponsors and media coverage, Seymour's 16-month journey was in every bit a solo effort. 'The easy part was sailing around the world,' said the 51-year-old Seymour in a telephone interview with the Banner. 'I've almost lost my life on many occasions.' 'I've been through Vietnam, I've lived in L.A. where the cops hassled me just because I was a black man running down the street in a sweatsuit.' Born in Yonkers, New York, Seymour attended
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    Vincent Riou

    Vincent Riou

    Vincent Riou (born September 1, 1972, Pont-l'Abbé, France) is a French sailor. He is the skipper of PRB, a 60-foot monohull. He won the 2004 edition of the Vendée Globe. In the 2009 Vendée Globe, he lost his mast the day after a collision that occurred during the rescue of Jean Le Cam, whose boat had capsized.
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