On Sunday extreme sailor Norbert Sedlacek started from Les Sables d’Olonne, France to circumnavigate the world Singlehanded, Nonstop and Without Assistance through all five oceans including the Arctic oceans and the Northwest Passage.
Should he succeed he will achieve something unique after about 34,000 nautical miles of sailing through all climate zones, freezing cold, heat, storms and calms.
Innovation Yachts built this Open60AAL which is 18.3m long, and was built over 26 months by Norbert Sedlacek and his team, with the great support of numerous industrial partners. The prototype was made of new volcanic fibre. The boat has many technical details which will be approved during this endurance test Furthermore this yacht is 100% recyclable.
After departure, Norbert set course to the Arctic Ocean, passing the Northwest Passage from east to west and then heading south to pass Cape Horn for the first time. After having rounded Antarctica in the deep south he will pass Cape Horn a second time before heading north back home to Les Sables d’Olonne.
If this record attempt is successful Norbert Sedlacek will be the first sailor ever to complete a singlehanded, nonstop circumnavigation without assistance through all oceans including Arctic and Southern Ocean.
This challenge with a length of approximately 34,000 nautical miles is calculated with around 200 lonely, stormy and stressful days at sea through the most dangerous waters of our planet.
For this incredible adventure, the shipyard Innovation Yachts, developed and built a special racing yacht based on 100% recyclable and durable materials. This material mix, volcanic fibre with balsa wood core material and harmless epoxy, represents a new generation of very ecological, but also high end quality yachts.
Project ANT ARCTIC LAB is a unique world record attempt.
Innovation Yachts is an Austrian-French shipyard which is designing and building custom built racing and cruising yachts out of volcanic fibre with balsa wood core. It is focussed to use sustainable and recyclable materials as well as taking care about the environment during the construction and afterwards