World sailing

Halifax man prepares for solo round-the-world sailing race

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Edward Walentynowicz recently spent a month and a half alone at sea.

The Nova Scotian sailor has just returned to shore and is already planning a much more ambitious voyage.

“Sailing is my hobby,” says Walentynowicz. “I’m not a professional. I’ve always dreamed of sailing around the world.”

He said one day he watched the Golden Globes race and noticed someone from Ontario but not Nova Scotians, so he signed up.

“The race for the Golden Globes is a classic race,” says Walentynowicz. “No electronics, no GPS, just the stars.”

The race starts in France and the last winner took 211 days.

“All of this, what I’m doing right now is preparation for the race,” says Walentynowicz. Her final voyage, which took 46 days to sail from France to Halifax, was her longest Atlantic crossing to date.

He sailed his 32-year-old boat, a Rustler 36, which is the longest a boat is allowed to go for the round the world race.

“I’ve been in a hurricane in the past and it’s not nice,” says Walentynowicz. There is a real risk of sustaining irreparable damage to such a small boat in bad weather.

On his last trip, it was actually great sailing, which he hopes to be in a year from now when he starts his round-the-world run from September 2022.