[Public-List] Circumnavigations

John Riley jriley at dsbscience.com
Fri Oct 19 12:43:31 PDT 2012

Circumnavigation is indeed an accomplishment, but defining it as such is 
to a point arbitrary.

Stripped to it's basics, such a trip can be nothing more than a series 
of shorter blue water voyages strung together.  If a person crosses the 
Atlantic Ocean 20 times, have they really accomplished less than a 

Technically, a circumnavigation much touch antipodal points.  If a trip 
crosses all lines of longitude, every ocean, encompasses a "sufficient" 
number of nautical miles to have gone all the way around, but does not 
touch diametrically opposite points, it's not the true circle.  Do such 
skippers accomplish less?

Are you talking about "non-stop" circumnavigators, solo 
circumnavigators, solo-non-stop, etc?  Do we need special sections to 
delineate these different "levels" of the accomplishment?

Food for thought...


On 10/19/2012 01:57 PM, Michael Connolly wrote:
> George,
> I honestly believe that these are pretty special owners/skippers and should have a separate section in our Handbook memorializing their accomplishment. Can you pass this idea onto the Officers of the Association for consideration of this proposal?
> Michael

John S. Riley
S/V Gaelic Sea
1972 Alberg 30 #521


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