VICTORIA, B.C. Canada On September 2, 2013, Canadian sailor Glenn Wakefield will set sail from Victoria, B.C. in an attempt to complete a single-handed, non-stop, west about circumnavigation. Sixty-three year old Wakefield will sail West Wind II, a Sparkman and Stephens Comanche 42 built by Chris-Craft. To prepare his boat for offshore open ocean conditions, Wakefield has done an extensive refit to the deck, rigging, and interior of the vessel over the past three years.
This is Wakefield’s second attempt at a single-handed non-stop, west about circumnavigation having sailed three quarters of the way around in 2007-2008.
After a series of storms near Cape Horn damaged his boat, he was forced to discontinue his voyage.
“I feel very lucky to get a second chance at this,” said Wakefield. “While it’s a long time to be away from my family and friends, I’m looking forward to the challenge and being on the ocean again.”
While at sea, Wakefield will speak to a network of ham radio operators around the world. He’ll send regular updates via email to his wife in Victoria who will update his website. He estimates the 30,000-mile non-stop journey will take approximately 10 months and has food and provisions on board for a year.
Wakefield leaves Victoria on September 2nd from Cadboro Bay where he first learned to sail more than four decades ago. For more information, and to follow Glenn on his circumnavigation, visit www.glennwakefieldaroundtheworld.com
Visit his blog for details of his first attempt in 2007-2008.