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5 January 2008

Canadian attempts Circumnavigation Record

Kim Chow route 2007-08 Glenn Wakefield is attempting to become the first person to sail solo, non-stop around the world westward from North America. He departed Victoria on September 23, 2007, and expects to return by July 2008. At last report, Glenn was in the Southern Ocean near Australia heading to Cape Horn.

His 12-metre yacht "Kim Chow" is a Rhodes designed Cheoy Lee Offshore 40' sloop built in 1969, and refitted extensively for the voyage. He is reported sailing west in the Southern Ocean near Australia. Sailing west in the "Roaring 40's" against prevailing winds and currents is much more difficult than sailing east. []

April 2008 update: Glen has ended his voyage after his sloop was damaged when it rolled over in a storm off the Falkland Islands. He suffered a concussion in the event and was picked up by an Argentinian naval vessel, who stood by 48 hours before they could safely transfer him to their ship.

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