November 2010

Alessandro Di Benedetto (ITA)

Eat your hearts out, teeny-weenies. Alone on a Mini 6.50 for 268 days… that is how long it took this crazy Italian – please take that as a compliment – to sail around the globe, arriving back in Les Sables d’Olonnes (where else) in late July. Di Benedetto was dismasted before reaching Cape Horn, but after debate with his ‘shore team’ decided a jury rig would get him around the Horn (sic) and then the rest of the way home…
 Why they won
'As a marine surveyor I'm often asked jf a boat is safe to take offshore... now I send them to Alessandro's site; it's the sailor not the boat' - Gale Browning; 'Mad to try, more than a bit special to pull it off' - Steve Homewood; 'Beating Big Ben is a feat [Giles Scott], but getting a Mini round the world, much of it with jury rig, that really rings the bell!' - Randy Richter; 'What solo sailing should be about: seamanship, perseverance and a screw loose' - Dave Knight.