Last night I found this excellent talk on minimalist voyaging.
The speaker was Russell Heath addressing the famous Explorer Club in New York City. Russell sailed his 25ft Vertue Kainui around the world in four years without an inboard engine and no electronics. His experiences over shadow the most experienced sailors and his attitude mirror the likes of the Eric and Susan Hiscock and Lin and Larry Pardey.
The other day I sailed into the V&A in Cape Town after a rather bumpy trip from Hout Bay. After about one hour another sail boat made it into the marina. She was a Class 40 named Croix du Sud. Her skipper, Hendrik Masekowitz, attempted to break the record for the fastest solo sail around the world non-stop. Unfortunately, he got injured and had to abandon his attempt.
I did not get a chance to meet Hendrik since he flew back to Germany the next day. I wish him a speedy recovery and I hope to meet him when he comes back. Below are some links to further information about Croix du Sud, turns out she has an interesting history!
Some videos of the first Observer Single-handed Transatlantic Race held in 1960. The competitors included:Blondie Hasler in his modified folkboat Jester, Francis Chichester in Gipsy Moth III, Dawid Lewis in his Laurent Giles Cardinal Vertue, Val Howells in his Folkboat EIRA and Jean Lacombe in Cap Horn.
All competitors successfully sailed from Plymouth, England to Rhode Island, USA.