Around the world sailing records

Around the world sailing records

Around the world sailing records

The first ship which sailed around the world was lead by Juan Sebastián Elcano and had on board the remaining members of Ferdinand Magellan’s crew who completed their journey around the world in 1522.

The first person that circumnavigated the world is Joshua Slocum, who made the record in 1897 with the 36-foot-9-inch (11.20 m) oyster sloop named “Spray”. The oyster sloop was personally rebuilt by Slocum so he can sail single-handed around the world.

Sailing around the world can be done two ways: eastward or westward. The voyages eastwards are faster due to the winds and currents so most skippers and yachts prefer this route.

In order to make a record, the voyage around the world should meet certain conditions. First of all the length must be at least 21,600 nm calculated along the shortest possible track from the starting port and back that does not cross land and does not go below 63°S. Is allowed one single waypoint to lengthen the calculated track and the equator must be crossed at least once.

Currently the youngest person to circumnavigate the world alone and nonstop Michael Perham who, at the age of 17 years and 164 days, became the youngest person to sail around the world solo in the 50ft racing yacht, completing his journey on 27 August 2009.

The 14 years old Dutch girl, Laura Dekker plans to leave in September 2010 on a solo voyage around the world with stops and assistance. She will leave from Lisbon, Portugal, going westerly via Panama in her attempt to be the youngest person to ever circumnavigate the world solo.

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