Last year, after decades of delay, I did something I’ve always wanted to do – I started down the path of becoming a sailor. Better late than never, but those dinghy lessons only served to reinforce my regret at not having started years ago. I love it!
While researching various aspects of sailing, I inadvertently stumbled onto blogs by solo circumnavigators and enjoyed following the journeys of teens Mike Perham, Jessica Watson and Abby Sunderland (I was too late to follow Zac Sunderland).
The recreation of Bligh’s journey by the crazy and recently successful crew onboard the open Talisker Bounty boat was fun to follow too.
The most captivating journey, for me, however, has been that of solo circumnavigator Alessandro di Benedetto, a Franco-Italian who set sail some months ago from southern France.
Alessandro is now just days away from completing his round-the-world adventure. He’s stayed pretty far beneath the media radar, perhaps overshadowed by the younger crop of solo sailors or maybe due to the fact that his website updates are short and infrequent compared to the longer, almost-daily blogs of the others.
But this guy is sailing a boat that’s a mere 21 feet long!
He catches tuna, grows salad greens on the deck of his tiny boat, and even managed to bake bread out there one day!!
He was dismasted just before rounding Cape Horn, yet salvaged enough of the mast to jury-rig the boat and managed to sail up the coast of South America and across the Atlantic that way!!!
This guy deserves a little more attention and applause!
To see more about his journey and catch the last days of it, see his website