Thursday, June 12, 2014
72 YEAR OLD CIRCUMNAVIGATES GLOBE ABOARD DAY SAILER
Webb Chiles at 72 years of age and with five circumnavigations already behind him has commenced his sixth circumnavigation of the world on a daysailer.
His 24‘ boat called Gannet is a Moore 24, a small club racing day sailer boat design never designed for circumnavigation. The Californian-designed Moore 24 is the first ultra-light displacement class built in the United States. Moore 24s have been successfully raced from California to Hawaii, but no one has ever before attempted to circumnavigate one.
Webb holds the record for the first American sailor to round Cape Horn solo. He also broke Sir Francis Chichester’s record for the fastest solo circumnavigation in a mono hull by more than three weeks.
His escapades include the sinking of his 36' sloop Resurgam resulting in a day and night of floating and swimming to survive where he was carried more than 125 miles by the Gulf Stream before latching on to an anchored fishing vessel. Webb is also known for sailing small boats including an 18’ open yawl with no deck which he sailed around the world.
This circumnavigation he started from San Diego headed for Hawaii and then New Zealand. From New Zealand he will decide whether to continue west or go back east in the southern hemisphere to round Cape Horn for the second time. There is no stopping this guy.