Today, at 10:18 a.m. local time the extreme sailor Norbert Sedlacek started from Les Sables d’Olonne, France to circumnavigate the world single-handed, non-stop and without assistance through all five oceans including the Arctic oceans and the Northwest Passage.
It will be a nautical first when Sedlacek will be back successfully after this marathon turn of about 34,000 nautical miles through all climate zones, freezing cold, heat, storms and calms.
The Innovation Yachts Open60AAL, 18.3 m long was built during 26 months by Norbert Sedlacek and his team, with the great support of numerous industrial partners. The prototype was made of new volcanic fiber. The boat has many technical details which will be proved during this endurance test. Furthermore this yacht is 100% recyclable.
After the departure Norbert will set course to the Arctic Ocean, passing the Northwest Passage from east to west and then heading south to pass Cape Horn for the first time. After having rounded Antarctica in the deep south he will pass Cape Horn a second time before heading north back home to Les Sables d’Olonne.
If this record attempt is successful Norbert Sedlacek will be the first sailor ever who did a singlehanded, nonstop circumnavigation without assistance through all oceans including Arctic and Southern Ocean.
This challenge with a length of approximately 34,000 nautical miles is calculated with around 200 lonely, stormy and stressful days at sea through the most dangerous waters of our planet.
For this incredible adventure the shipyard Innovation Yachts has developed and built a special racing yacht based on 100% recyclable and durable materials. This material mix, volcanic fibre with balsa wood core material and harmless epoxy, represents a new generation of very ecological, but also high end quality yachts.