Joshua Slocomb a Canadian sailing out of New England became the first person to sail around the world solo. He took 3 years and 2 months and made many stops.

His boat was the Spray and it’s been celebrated ever since as scores of replicas have been made.

Sir Francis Chichester leaving from England did a solo circumnavigation in 1968. The trip took 274 days of sailing with one 107 day stop in Australia.

His boat was very heavy and well balanced.

A photo of Gypsy Moth. Note the large keel by today’s standards.

Suhali under sail.

The first non-stop solo port to port goes to Sir Robin Knox-Johnson who took 313 days on Suhali  which departed from and returned to England.  It was part of an event sponsored by a leading newspaper. A half dozen boats started and Sir Robin was the only one to finish.

Chay Blyth soloed non-stop in 292 days going the “wrong way”, i.e. against the prevailing winds by going east to west.

In 1986 American Dodge Morgan soloed non-stop in 150 days, 1 hour and 6 mins from Bermuda and back to Bermuda at age 56.

Doge Morgan's boat, American Promise.

In July 2013 Jeanne Socrates, a British subject sailing out of Vancouver, B.C. soloed non-stop in 259 days and became the oldest woman at 70 years, 10 months and 21 days to have done so.

In 2017, on Sailors Run, sailing out of Equador, Jeff Hartjoy completed the voyage in 203 days. By starting just above the equator and returning he completed one of the shortest trips (25,147 nm) for a circumnavigation which usually is from some point in the northern hemisphere such as England or France, United States or Bermuda, but well done.

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