Fifty years of the American Randall Reeves (his swimming Vigure8Voyage we have written more than once) became the first sailor, who managed in the course of one voyage to describe the “eight” – to make a loop around the Americas (through the canadian Northwest passage), and Antarctica.
However, his original plan was to spend the trip around two continents not only alone, but without stopping. Alas, nothing ever came of it. Before its recent passage in the canadian Arctic Randall Reeves had to make a repair stop in Halifax, Newfoundland.
Its voyage, Reeves started a year ago in San Francisco. From there he headed South to go around Cape horn to the East. Then he made a circle around the South pole at the “roaring forties”. After 110 days after Cape horn a second time, he turned North and headed up the Atlantic. All this part of the voyage passed without stopping, until he reached Halifax in Nova Scotia. Then Reeves managed to pass the Northwest passage with several intermediate stops in Nuuk (Greenland), Cambridge Bay (Canada) and Nome (AK).
After leaving Bering sea, Reeves turned South to finish the last loop of his “g” – his project which he dubbed Figure8Voyage. Next Saturday it will be held in front of the press under the Golden Gate bridge and overtoomse in San Francisco. He at the stern will be almost 40,000 nautical miles.