I shall sail single-handedly and non-stop around the world as the first Austrian cruising sailor.*

If you intend to sail around the world non-stop, the classic 'barfoot route' from the east to the west is not an option, since one would have to pass through the Panama Canal, and then it would not count as non-stop.


The usual route for a non-stop round the world sailing tour heads from the west towards the east, to the south of the continents.


All non-stop sailors have to take this eastbound route which leads through the prevailing westerlies of the southern hemisphere. However, to sail between the 40th and 50th degrees of latitude (south) means having to defy massive cyclones, low temperatures, storms and rogue waves at any time of the year.

The circuit of the Capes is infamous and has buried many ships and mariners so far.

All non-stop regattas, such as the Vendee Globe, as well as all world record attempts have employed this route.


This leg can be seen as every sailor's 'Mount Everest'; especially the non-stop circuit of all three Capes (Cape of Good Hope - Cape Leeuwin - Cape Horn) poses an extreme challenge, mentally as well as physically.


*In order to give credit where credit is due: The regatta sailor Norbert Sedlacek was the first Austrian to sail non-stop and sigle-handedly around the globe with a 60 ft racing yacht in the context of the Vendee Globe 2009. I am the first non-racing Austrian sailor who will be undertaking this adventure with a common yacht.




How does one come up with the idea for such a project in the first place?


This is the approximate route along the 40th latitude (south).