The Bitter End Yacht Club’s watersports director, Jerome Rand, has just completed a circumnavigation aboard his 40-year old 32-foot sailboat.
His sail through North Sound, lingering just off of BEYC brought tears to the eyes of Virgin Gorda locals, and inspired thousands stateside via his “Sailing into Oblivion” Facebook page. But did we mention that this solo circumnavigation is on a 40-year old, 32 foot sailboat?
Jerome is not one to shy away from challenges. In 2012 he hiked the length of the Appalachian Trail. A pretty cool accomplishment for mere mortals, but child’s play compared to circling the globe, alone. Less than 300 people have done this. Subtract out those who have done it as part of a supervised race, or those who transited through one of the canals, or stopped for repairs, and the number comes down to under 30. And those who have done it on a boat less than 33 feet, you can count on the fingers of one hand – an elite club. Read More