79-year-Old Sets Out on Solo Circumnavigation

Posted: March 14, 2013  |  By: Sail World

They're getting older and older - solo circumnavigators that is. Now that the rush of ever-younger would-be solo circumnavigators seems to be over, it's the turn of the over 70's. With 70-year-old British sailor Jeanne Socrates more than half way to achieving her long held dream of a unassisted non-stop solo circumnavigation, now a 79-year-old New Zealander has joined the quest, but with a stop or two.

According to locals in Oamaru, Ron Daw is expected to be the oldest sailor to circumnavigate the world alone, reaching 80 when he returns in about 10 months.

Ron Daw casting off - .. . Ron cast off this week in his boat, Aparima, an 8.5m sloop. A crowd of well-wishers was at Holmes Wharf, decorated with colourful bunting, to wave goodbye to Mr Daw, as a local brass band member played 'Now is the Hour'. 

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