To sail non-stop solo around the world in honour of the 9 people who first attempted it 50 years ago. To raise awareness of these people and hopefully inspire others to chase their dreams.
In 1968 nine people attempted to become the first to sail non-stop solo around the world. A 10 month journey through some of the most dangerous waters in the world, alone and in a time before satellite navigation and satellite communications. 9 people made the attempt, only 1 made it to the finish line. Each of their stories are fascinating and inspiring, and well worth reading about. Here’s a start:
This year is their 50th Anniversary, and I’d like to invite you to honour these great sailors by overcoming a challenge and pushing towards making your own dreams come true.
My name is Andy Press. I grew up sailing, coastal hopping in Devon and trips over to France and the Biscay coast with family. This all abruptly stopped when I was 19 and for the last 20 odd years I’ve been yearning to return to my beloved ocean. Time goes quickly and dreams get put on hold.
Enough was enough and for the last 8 years I’ve been saving and working towards getting back on the water as well as making this voyage a reality. A non-stop solo around the world attempt following the route of the original event.
Finally bought my boat last year, she is not only beautiful but has exceeded all my hopes and expectations. There is a lot of work to get her ready for serious ocean sailing, but she is more than capable.
I'm planning on having an Open Boat day on the 23rd June, for people to come along, have a nose about and ask any questions. The planned departure date at the moment is the 30th June. Both events taking place at the Weston Bay Yacht Club, Weston-super-Mare.
Even after all the scrimping, saving, putting everything I’ve got in to this venture, I am very much in debt making it happen. I’ve recently been asked if there was a way for people to make a donation towards the voyage, so I’ve set this up in the hope of clawing back some of the expense, provide an emergency fund and at least ensure I don’t go bankrupt.
I would like to stress: I would much rather you put your money towards making your own dreams come true than to fund mine. That said, any and all donations are very much appreciated, and will help out a great deal. Thank you.
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