Sailing Around the World

On 18th November 2008, I set out to become the youngest person to sail around the world single-handed on my yacht, TotallyMoney.com. My adventure certainly lived up to all expectations as my yacht was knocked over, battered and damaged. Originally I had planned the trip to be a four month, non-stop circumnavigation but this soon became a 9 month trip full of technical and navigational challenges.

Repeated autopilot failures forced me to stop for repairs in Portugal, Gran Canaria and Cape Town. After finally overcoming these problems, I crossed the Southern Indian Ocean in March, celebrating my 17th birthday enroute which was amazing. I had to stop again in Tasmania and then Aukland after serious rudder problems emerged.

 

 

 

 

 

For me, the best part of the trip was the Southern Ocean as I was able to surf down 50 foot waves in 50 knot winds at speeds of up to 28 knots. TotallyMoney.com was knocked down by a freak wave, damaged and I had to make emergency repairs up the mast which pushed me further mentally than I could have ever imagined.

 

I spent months looking for sponsorship and once I had secured the amount I needed, I chartered myself an Open 50 racing yacht. The sailing equivalent of a Ferrari! The yacht spent two months being prepared for the trip in docks in France and the UK.

The trip covered approximately 30,000 nautical miles (45,000 km), taking me across the equator and every single line of longitude on the earth’s surface. The journey was completed under sail by wind and muscle power alone.

 

I crossed the finish line on the 27th August 2009 with a huge grin on my face and I’ll certainly remember that day for the rest of my life.

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