Cruising landscape has several sailing heroes, and one must have heard of Dame Ellen MacArthur, Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, and Sir Francis Chichester, just to name a few. As you transcend time, it’s good to look at some modern cruising sailors, skippers who have inspired cruisers to explore the sailing landscape.
The tenacity of British yachtswoman, Jeanne Socrates is amazing. As the oldest person to sail around the world solo and non-stop, the Lymington sailor has many record-breaking voyages and awards to her name. She has completed four solo circumnavigations of the world. Plus, some of her awards from her sailing exploits include Royal Cruising Club’s Seamanship Medal, the Cruising Club of America’s Blue Water Medal, and more. Cruisers can read more on her travels at Svnereida.com.
Dustin Reynolds strives to be the first double-amputee who will circumnavigate the globe. In the last six years, he has cruised over 25,000 miles, and he plans to finish his stint in December 2021. Reynolds is working on writing a book about his journey, both across the sea and through his life experiences, that he hopes will raise awareness for people with disabilities and inspire people to chase their dreams.
German skipper Susanne Huber-Curphey has cruised 265,000 miles, and as the first woman to sail singlehanded through the Northwest Passage, mostly solo, she’s one remarkable sailor. She’s won numerous awards for her seamanship, including the Ocean Cruising Club (OCC)’s Barton Cup. Huber-Curphey says that sailing is more than a hobby for her, it’s a way of life.
John Kretschmer, a popular sailor, philosopher, and writer has a unique philosophical viewpoint on offshore sailing. An accomplished ocean voyager, John has logged more than 300,000 offshore miles. He has made around 26 transatlantic crossings and written 7 books and hundreds of articles. His voyage was recorded on his blog.
Single-handed sailor Trevor Robertson has been sailing the world since the mid-1970s and has notched up some 400,000 cruising miles. Trevor is known for his solo sailing stints or sailing adventures with his wife Annie Hill, whose book, Voyaging on a Small Income is a must-read for cruisers sailing on a budget. He has also shared his experiences on his blog.