I have been sailing for nearly 50 years and I had always thought id one day sail around the world, but didn’t feel this was now a possibility due to an industrial injury and becoming disabled.
surfing the net one day I started to think about sailing as a teenager with my family, my mind filled with happy memories, and i started to look up some of the yachts id sailed on when i stumbled across the pages of Sailing Legends.
I read in awe of there achievements after all the worlds oceans are not the idyllic place most think of whilst on a holiday, Blue Skies, Sandy beaches with beautiful Blue calm seas. The oceans can be some of the most hospitable places on the planet.
These sailing pioneers set new records for mankind’s achievements and opened up a whole new adventure.
I started to wonder if a disabled person had managed to sail around the world.
To my surprise there has not been a full circumnavigation of the globe.there has been a gentleman Vinny Lauwers in 2000 became the first paraplegic sailor to sail around the southern hemisphere some 21,000 miles, and keith white attempted the full circumnavigation 45,000 miles in 2015 but sadly had to abandon his hopes due to rudder failure.
Most sailing accolades are dominated by men, and as you can see, there is not a true circumnavigation of 45,000 miles plus completed by anyone physically disabled.
Now as I researched further I found myself considering the problems a disabled sailor may face whilst undertaking such a project. And it all depends on the individual and their own circumstances. I then wondered could I do it and came to the conclusion I could.
A dream starts to become a reality.
Know no one understands their own abilities until they are pushed outside