Come, my friends, ’tis not too late to seek a newer world. Push off, and sitting well in order smite the sounding furrows, for my purpose holds to sail beyond the sunset, and the baths of all the western stars until I die…Tho’ much is taken, much abides, and tho’ we are not now that strength which in old days moved earth and heaven, that which we are, we are; one equal temper of heroic hearts made weak by time and fate, but strong in will to strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield.
Complete a solo non-stop unassisted voyage around the world
- Become the first American to complete a solo non-stop unassisted voyage around the world starting & finishing from a US Port.
- Set a record for the fastest Solo Non-Stop voyage starting & finishing from a US Port.
- Set a speed record for monohull vessels 50 feet and under. (Current record (40 ft): 137d 20h 01m 57s Guo Chuan)
The Course will be to start at the Golden Gate and return to the Golden Gate by sailing to Hawaii, keeping the big island to port, thence south to Cape Horn and proceeding East about, leaving:
- Cape Horn to Port
- Cape of Good Hope to Port
Cape Leeuwin to Port
- South West Cape, NZ to Port
Southerly latitude limits will be set based upon best available ice information at time of departure.
The spirit of the singlehanded journey is one of self-sufficiency. In that spirit, the following assistance guidelines apply:
Progression shall be by sail & current only. Rowing, paddling, engine propulsion and towing are prohibited.
Under no circumstances may the Skipper receive any outside assistance or help, whether requested or not, including:
- Customized weather or routing assistance
- Physical assistance
- Medical assistance aimed to improve performance
No Customized weather or routing assistance
Skipper shall use only free, publicly available weather and ice information obtained to his vessel through radio or satellite transmissions.
No Physical Assistance
Skipper shall not have any physical or material contact with any other person or vessel. Skipper shall not be provided with any supplies in any way, including food, water, spare parts, etc.
In the event of damage, Skipper may receive repair advice but all repairs must be conducted solely by the Skipper. In the event of a medical event, medical advice may be received, but not physical intervention.
Skipper may communicate with people on shore or afloat, provided that these contacts do not breach Journey Principles described above.
Skipper may anchor to effect repairs, but may not dock or moor alongside another vessel, or be towed. Skipper may not go ashore above Mean High Tide Water.
Aside from some possible equipment discounts and assistance labor for preparation, no sponsorship money is anticipated. The effort shall be self-funded.
The boat will be equipped to follow World Sailing Offshore Special Regulations, Monohulls Category 0 with the following exceptions:
3.29.03 One handheld satellite phone, one satellite texting device, and one Satellite data terminal with phone, text and email service shall be carried
3.29.09 Satellite C system shall not be powered up for the duration
3.29.10 No SSB transceiver shall be carried. Receiver only.
4.19.1 One manual EPIRB, and one PLB shall be carried
5.08 One diving suit shall be carried
6.05 Red Cross First Aid training only
6.06 No Dive training