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Grant Dalton – NZ

7-time circumnavigator via Cape Horn.  • 1981/2 Whitbread Round the World race in Flyer II skippered by Cornelis van Rietschoten. winner on handicap and elapsed time. Role: onboard sailmaker • 1985/6 Whitbread Round the World race in Lion New Zealand skippered by Peter Blake.…

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Jon Sanders

Jon Sanders

Australian Jon Sanders was the first man to circumnavigate Antarctica solo, circling the continent twice in 1981 – 1982 in his S&S 34 monohull Perie Banou, . His course took him south of the three great capes: Horn, Good Hope…

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Kay Cottee

Kay Cottee

In 1988, Australian Kay Cottee became the first woman to complete a solo non-stop circumnavigation , taking 189 days in her 37 feet (11 m) yacht Blackmores First Lady,. Before returning to a hero’s welcome in Sydney, Cottee's yacht was…

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Dame Naomi James

Dame Naomi James

Dame Naomi James, became the first woman to sail solo around the world via Cape Horn with one stop in 1978, completing her circumnavigation in 272 days, beating Sir Francis Chichester's solo round-the-world sailing record by two days. Raised in…

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Éric Tabarly

Éric Tabarly

Éric Tabarly is the doyen of ocean racing to all young aspiring sailors. A French Naval officer, he gained instant fame with his yacht Pen Duick II after winning the 1964 Observer Singlehanded Trans Atlantic Race in the record time…

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Ramón Carlín

Ramón Carlín

Ramón Carlín, the ‘weekend sailor’ who upset the odds to become the winner of the first Whitbread Round the World Race in 1973-74, died in Mexico City at the age of 92. Carlín was a complete unknown in the sport when…

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Sir Chay Blyth

Sir Chay Blyth

Sir Chay Blyth, our second live inductee, is another sailing pioneer – the first to sail single-handed non-stop westwards around the world against the prevailing winds and currents in 1971 aboard his a 59ft (18m) ketch British Steel. As a…

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