Ever thought of sailing around the world? Imagine going back to the old days of sail where there's nothing for hundreds of miles except you and your boat. For some, that's a prison but for many, it's freedom and paradise. Some determined folks out there sail around the world - but what does it entail? How can one sail all the way around the world and how long does it take?
Sailing is very different from the past. In the past, some of the myths and legends that the sailors had can be very surprising for people today. Of course, one could just be less ambitious and sail in the Meditteranean - like from Greece to Croatia.
How Long Does It Take To Sail Around The World?
This is a little complicated as it depends on what one is planning to do and in what vessel. Is the aim to just get around the world as fast as possible or take one's time with it all? According to Improvesailing.com, for most people it takes between 3 to 5 years (it's much quicker to fly) - this is at a fairly leisurely pace that allows for some sightseeing along the way.
But it can be done a lot quicker if all one wants to do is sail around the world. The world record is 40 days on a trimaran. If one would like to sail non-stop, it would typically take around 100 days.
- 40 Days: World Record On a Trimaran
- 100 Days: Rough Time Needed Non-Stop
- 1 to 2 Years: Express - Fast-Paced Sailing With Some Short, Regular Breaks
- 3.5 Years: Average For Some Sightseeing
- 3 to 5 Years: Typical Duration
So the amount of time is not set and one can sail as much or as little as one likes. But it would be a shame to sail all the way around the world and not stop by scores of remote islands in the Pacific where few ever step foot. Some people take up to 10 years doing it.
Here are some resources for planning circumnavigation of the world:
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- Handy map with the best sailing seasons across the globe
- Required licenses for sailing around the world
- The safest routes around the world, and which to avoid
What To Know About Border Crossings by Sailboat
Crossing the border by boat is basically the same as crossing into a country by air or car. Only it is also longer and more complicated as customs are likely to check one's boat inside out. According to Followtheboat.com, these are some things one needs to be aware of:
- Flag: On Hitting Territorial Waters, Hoist The Courtesy Flag For That Country and The Yellow Quarantine Flag Under it (An International Requirement For All Vessels)'
- Official Port Of Entry: One Can Only Enter And Leave Through Official Ports Of Entry
- Stay On The Boat: Once Arriving In Territorial Waters, Stay On The Boat Until Reaching An Official Port
- Advanced Warning: Some Countries Want Advantanced Warning Of One's Arrival (Some Don't) - Japan e.g. is Very Strict About This