Simply stated, the goal is to sail non-stop, single-handed around the world via the 5 great capes using only a sextant, pen-and-paper, and log tables for navigation. Prior to 2020 only 7 people have accomplished this feat. The first is Sir Robin Knox Johnston in 1969 after completing the first Golden Globe Race. Second is Bernard Moitessiere who also competed in the 1968 Golden Globe Race. Third is Chay Blythe in 1971. Lastly, the 4 finishers of the 2018 Golden Globe Race Jean-Luc Van Den Heede, Mark Slats, Uku Randmaa, and Istvan Kopar.
Although there have been many exceptional solo-circumnavigations by North American sailors, before 2020 no North American has completed a solo-circumnavigation of this sort. I am the first.
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