After a tough introduction into the hard-core world of solo sailing, not to mention in an open boat, I was totally hooked and decided that I should continue the study of the history of small boat sailing from its beginnings, namely from the first ever solo circumnavigation. This mighty feat was achieved by Joshua Slocum, an experienced sailor from Nova Scotia at the turn of the 19th century, in his 36-foot sloop Spray. Using solely traditional methods of navigation he undertook and East-West circumnavigation, and in its course he was also the first to cross the Straits of Magellan in a yacht! His account is a candid and compelling story of true seamanship and inspired many-many generations of yacht-men. A true piece of classic sailing literature!
And a great documentary about the life and exploits of captain Joshua Slocum: