Yvan Around The World: He's Done It!
When he told us about his plans to sail around the world in a sports catamaran, we felt that it was pushing it a bit far... After a first trip, he decided to do it solo. That had to be impossible hadn't it?
And yet, 20 months after setting off, Yvan Bourgnon has succeeded in completing the impossible: going around the world in a sports catamaran, via Panama and Suez. To be able to sail the 55,000 km or so on a non-habitable catamaran involved: 20 stopovers; the crossing of 3 oceans and 13 seas; one destroyed boat following a running aground; 2 capsizes and 2 falls into the sea; 7 storms; 420 freeze-dried meals and 30 tubes of sun cream...Yvan's average overall speed was 5.67 knots and his longest single crossing was 3,326 nautical miles between the Galapagos and the Marquesas Islands.
But the most amazing thing is the thought of sailing around the world on a 6 meter long craft which offers no shelter, and never being able to relax, and to take on the oceans as though it was the most natural thing in the world. Say what you like but it's one hell of an achievement.
All we can do is express awe at your feat, and salute the sailor-adventurer who can do just about anything.
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