It's never too late to learn! Five inspiring stories of people who set out on the high seas with little or no experience for the journey ahead.
Crazy travel: sailors who went to sea without relevant experience
No sailing experience Whose Blyth decided to compete in Sunday Time's Golden Globe Race in 1968-1969. The 27-year-old yachtsman just walked past the Cape of Good Hope aboard his 30-foot yacht Dytiscus IIIas in a storm force of 10-11 knots, the double fiberglass keel was damaged and the steering gear was repeatedly broken. The yacht also capsized three times before Blyth decided to retire from the race. But his exploits in Golden globe race described by him and his wife in the book Innocent aboard.
Blyth was not completely without experience on the high seas. In 1966, while serving in the army, he teamed up with another paratrooper, the captain John Ridgwayto cross the North Atlantic on English Rose II... They completed the crossing on their 20-foot open dori in 92 days.
Blyth's experience and mistakes Sunday Time's Golden Globe Race didn't push him away from sailing. Just a few years later, in 1971, Blyth became the first person to travel nonstop around the world and aboard the 59-foot British Steel. He went on to compete in 1973 and 1981 in Whitbread Round the World Yacht Race... In 1981, Whose Blyth, along with skipper Rob James, finished in record time at Two Handed Trans Atlantic Race... And in 1982 he won The Round Britain and Ireland Race.
While waiting for her future husband, Rob James with Atlantic triangle race, Naomi james decided to make a solo race around the world. At the time, she only had a few months of sailing experience. She helped Rob James during the charters on board British steel in France. Interesting that Naomi james, a retired New Zealand-born hairdresser, just learned to swim at 23.
Finding sponsorship and borrowing a yacht, James embarked on a voyage around the world on September 9, 1977, despite the fact that she had never before driven a boat alone on board. But after 272 days, she made history by becoming the first woman to travel alone around the world across Cape Horn, also setting a time record.
James later admitted that her skills were far from perfect, but she held on courageously, despite all the difficulties. For her record-breaking feat, she was awarded the Dame Grand Cross of the British Empire in January 1979. She also wrote a book about her sailing At One with the Sea: Alone Around the World.
In 1980, despite still uncertainty about her navigational skills, she decided to participate in Original Singlehanded Transatlantic Race on board Kriter ladycompeting with her husband. James became the only woman to finish the race and break the women's record by more than three days.
In 1982, Naomi james my husband and I won Around Britain Race on board your catamaran Colt cars... Since then, she has not swam anymore, as during the last race she was pregnant and suffered greatly from seasickness.
Robert Manry (Robert manry)
American editor Robert Manry mostly sailed on a family sailing boat Tinkerbelle on the Great Lakes. But that didn't stop him from crossing the Atlantic alone aboard a 13.5-foot, hard-modified boat from June to August 1965.
Tinkerbelle was the shortest boat and he decided it was suitable for the journey from Falmouth in Massachusetts to Falmouth in Britain, after he completed the 200-mile shake-up in 1964 with his 10-year-old son. The journey took them across Lake Erie to Thunder Bay in Ontario, Canada.
His incredible journey from the USA to England had a huge impact on his life, and he wrote a book about it, called Tinkerbelle, which earned him legions of fans. In 1967, Menry and his wife, Virginia, along with their two children and pets, began their voyage around the world in the eastern United States aboard a boat. Tartan 27.
Ann Davison (Ann davison)
Despite the fact that she was not very good at navigation, Ann Davison still managed to become the first woman to cross the Atlantic Ocean alone. On December 3, 1952, she departed from Plymouth aboard her 23-foot wooden sloop Felicity ann.
She had little sailing experience and, long before GPS, it seems incredible that she didn't know how to use a sextant and learned along the way. Her voyage was not without trials - she almost sank in the English Channel due to clogged bilge pumps and admitted that she never thought about cleaning them, and she had to go to France for repairs. And in the Atlantic, she also went through hard times. Her transition was slow, and she eventually made it to the Caribbean on the verge of exhaustion and then traveled to New York.
Surprisingly, this was not Davison's first incredible journey. In 1948, she escaped by boat with her husband, Frank, in an attempt to avoid debt and creditors and start a new life abroad. They decided to go to Cuba, but lack of experience and bad weather, led to the fact that their boat Reliance crashed on the Dorset coast. Frank died and Anne barely survived. Her life raft was nailed to the foot of the cliff after many hours on the water.
Davison wrote about his record-breaking Atlantic voyage in the book My Ship is so Small... And her previous book "The last journey" describes the tragedy Reliance.
Miles and Beryl Smithton (Miles and Beryl Smeeton)
Knowing almost nothing about boats or sailing did not stop adventurers Miles and Beryl Smithton make their journey from England to British Columbia via the Panama Canal.
They found a 46-foot ketch in Dover harbor... And they were lucky enough to learn some sailing skills on the Thames, the North Sea, and the Netherlands from an experienced couple. Peter and Anne Pie... Miles Smithton described their experience in the book The Sea was our Village.
In May 1951, they sailed from Fowey to Cornwall with their little daughter, Clea. By June 1952, they reached the Juan de Fuca Strait. They twice tried to round Cape Horn and both times their mast was blown off. The exploits of sailing on an almost destroyed boat, nevertheless, reached the port, brought recognition to Miles Smeaton.
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