Donald Crowhurst (1932–1969) was a British businessman and amateur sailor who died while competing in the Sunday Times Golden Globe Race, a single-handed, round-the-world yacht race. Crowhurst had entered the race in hopes of winning a cash prize from The Sunday Times to aid his failing business. Instead, he encountered difficulty early in the voyage, and secretly abandoned the race while reporting false positions, in an attempt to appear to complete a circumnavigation without actually circling the world. Evidence found after his disappearance indicates that this attempt ended in insanity and suicide. (previously: 1, 2)
posted by Trurl
on Nov 17, 2011 -
On June 27, 1898, all but unnoticed, a Canadian seaman named Joshua Slocum
sailed his rebuilt oyster boat Spray
into Newport, Rhode Island, completing a 3-year, 46,000 mile voyage conducted solely by dead reckoning
that made him the first man to ever achieve a solo circumnavigation of the world
. His account of the feat, Sailing Alone Around The World (HTML with illustrations, plain text, EPUB, audio)
, was described by Arthur Ransome
as "one of the immortal books". In 1909, Slocum set out in the Spray
for the West Indies. Neither he nor the craft were ever seen again.
posted by Joe Beese
on Apr 30, 2010 -
are out there. In February, Mike Beaumont
completed the fastest circumnavigation of the globe by bicycle. Tomorrow, Rosie Swale
, age 62, finishes her 4 1/2 year run around the world. As posted previously
, Zac Sunderland is now attempting to break the record for the youngest sailing circumnavigation of the planet, now held by Jesse Martin
posted by Xurando
on Aug 24, 2008 -
Ellen Macarthur is trying to break the solo round-the-world sailing record. From her website
you can see stills and videos while she’s enroute, and track her progress. Meanwhile, the Vendee Globe
is underway, with 20 sailors racing a similar course – also nonstop, and with no outside assistance allowed. The first solo nonstop circumnavigation was only 35 years ago, and the record has gone from 313 days to 72
. It’s the slow way around, to be sure, and that’s probably why only a few dozen people
have done it.
posted by Framer
on Jan 5, 2005 -
, an Ottawa area entrepreneur, and her husband reevaluated their priorities in the early 90's after Diane was diagnosed with malignant melanoma and her husband had a work related accident. After her cancer went into remission, and fearful that her 3 children would grow up without remembering her, the family took the bold decision to pack up everything and circumnavigate the world. Despite having less than 4 days of sailing experience, the family took to the seas with great enthusiasm.
The Northern Magic
became the Steumer's home for 4 years as they travelled around the world. During that time Diane wrote a series of weekly dispatches
to the readers of her hometown's newspaper. It became a tradition in many Ottawa households to read Diane's column in the saturday paper while dreaming of the exotic locals she was writing about (a sharp contrast from Ottawa's winters).
In those 4 years, readers got to experience Herbert (the husband) become a master mechanic, Diane adapt to life afloat, and the 3 sons grow up. When the Stuemers finally arrived home in Ottawa in August of 2001 they where greeted by thousands
Sadly, Ottawa residents learned early in February that Diane had been readmitted to hospital where she was fighting a very aggressive melanoma battle. Today, Diane succumbed to her illness and passed away
During their voyage, the entire family took on several projects
in the countries they visited which are still active today. What amazes me about Diane is the experiences she lived through with her children, the memories they will cherish and the lasting effect their travels will have on the people they met.
posted by smcniven
on Mar 15, 2003 -