In late February we reported about the record of 81-year-old Australian bill Hatfield: he became the oldest yachtsman who committed a single non-stop round the world voyage under sail. However, officially such records are not recorded. But, it turns out, this achievement was not limited.
Yesterday, the Council on world records of sailing ships (World Sailing Speed Record Council, WSSRC) has ratified a purely sporting achievement Hatfield: he toured around the world from East to West – against the prevailing winds and currents on a yacht less than 40 feet for 258 days, 22 hours, 24 minutes and 9 seconds (with an average speed of 3.48 node)!
Recall that Hatfield on the boat L’eau Commotion with a length of 38 feet (11.6 meters) started on 8 June last year in his native Australian city of gold coast. On a voyage round the world, in his own words, he had dreamed of since the age of 7 years. But realizing the dream started, only after retiring. Three attempts to make the journey (in 2015 – 2017 years) ended in failure (and twice off Cape horn). And now, finally, it all came together.recordyears