Fifty Years Ago: First Solo Circumnavigation:
On August 27 1966, Sir Francis Chichester sailed his 53-foot ketch Gipsy Moth IV from Plymouth in the United Kingdom and returned there after 226 days of sailing on May 28 1967, having circumnavigated the globe, with one stop in Sydney, Australia. By doing so, he became the first person to achieve a true circumnavigation of the world solo from West to East via the great Capes.
This comes courtesy of Rolex:
Scuttlebutt Sailing News – Fifty Years Ago: First Solo Circumnavigation, Editor
Racing begins for America’s Cup teams:
Hamilton, Bermuda (May 27, 2017) – The America’s Cup Qualifiers got underway today with six matches that begin the double round-robin stage to determine the top four challengers to advance to the next stage.
“The conditions were ideal with southwest winds of 11-13 knots and flats seas,” reported past America’s Cup competitor, Paul Cayard, who saw speeds of 35 to 40 knots. “Four of the six matches were very closely contested and 5 of the 6 teams seemed fairly even with only the French off the pace.”
Drama came early as Sir Ben Ainslie inflicted damage for his Land Rover BAR and SoftBank Team Japan. With both teams looking for the advantag…
Full Article: Scuttlebutt Sailing News – Racing begins for America’s Cup teams, Editor