Oldest solo sailor to circumnavigate World arrives at SYC

Bill Hatfield entered the Gold Coast Seaway earlier this week at 01:04:28, after spending a tremendous 414 days at sea.

Aged 79, Bill arrived at Southport Yacht Club on Monday 10 September 2018 becoming the oldest solo sailor to circumnavigate the world west-about.

Departing on his adventure on 23rd July 2017, Bill’s attempt at completing his journey non-stop onboard his Northshore 38 “L’Eau Commotion” was unfortunately unaccomplished due to vessel damage. Rough wave conditions damaged solar panels, wind generators and cable steering resulting in Bill’s decision for an unexpected stopover in Stanley, Falkland Island.

This was Bill’s second attempt at such an incredible voyage. His first attempt just shy of three years ago, resulted in a non-complete trip having to stop for repairs.

Dedicated and passionate to complete the circumnavigation non-stop, Bill will attempt this tremendous trek for a third time within the next 12 months.

“A four-metre fall from my rigging gave me some trying time, however I was determined not to give up, but overall I had a fantastic journey. Seeing my family and friends upon my return was delightful, though I am very excited to proceed with my next journey soon,” said Bill.