73-Year Old Sailor Plans Solo Cruise Around the World in a 10-foot Boat

A 73-year old boat builder and sailor from Sweden is preparing to sail around the world, solo, which in itself is a very ambitious journey, but he's also planning to make the voyage nonstop, and in an extremely small boat he's building himself. Sven Yrvind, who has been building and sailing boats all of his [...]

A 73-year old boat builder and sailor from Sweden is preparing to sail around the world, solo, which in itself is a very ambitious journey, but he's also planning to make the voyage nonstop, and in an extremely small boat he's building himself.

Sven Yrvind, who has been building and sailing boats all of his life, has a history of ambitious journeys, the last of which was in 2011, when he crossed the Atlantic Ocean in a 16-foot boat that he built himself. But this next adventure is even more extreme, as his tiny boat, dubbed the Yrvind 10, is just 3 meters long, half the size of the boat that set the current record (in 2010) for the smallest to make a nonstop circumnavigation of the globe.

Yrvind's newest boat is of composite construction and features two sails. It will weigh in at about 1.5 tons, and sounds as if it will be packed pretty tightly – he's planning to set off with about 880 pounds of food (mainly sardines and granola, it's said) and 220 pounds of books, which he will subsist off of during the 30,000 mile, year and a half long journey.

The voyage will begin in Ireland, then head south to Africa and around the Cape of Good Hope, then east toward Australia, round the tip of South America, and north across the Atlantic to end up at his starting point.

Here's Yrvind with another of his creations:

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