Sailor Glenn Wakefield aboard West Wind II prior to his launch from the Royal Victoria Yacht Club on Monday.

Heading out on a solo sail

Sailor Glenn Wakefield embarks on a challenging, single-handed, non-stop journey around the world

On Sept. 2 Canadian sailor Glenn Wakefield set sail from Oak Bay in an attempt to complete a single-handed, non-stop, west about circumnavigation.

Wakefield, 63, is sailing West Wind II, a Sparkman and Stephens Comanche 42 built by Chris-Craft. To prepare his boat for offshore open ocean conditions, Wakefield did an extensive refit to the deck, rigging and interior of the vessel over the past three years.

This is Wakefield’s second attempt at the journey, having sailed three quarters of the way around the world in 2007-2008.

After a series of storms near Cape Horn damaged his boat, he was forced to discontinue his voyage.

“I feel very lucky to get a second chance at this,” said Wakefield. “While it’s a long time to be away from my family and friends, I’m looking forward to the challenge and being on the ocean again.”

While at sea, Wakefield will speak to a network of ham radio operators around the world. He’ll send regular updates via email to his wife MaryLou in Victoria who will update his website glennwakefieldaroundtheworld.com.

He estimates the 30,000-mile non-stop journey will take approximately 10 months and he has food and provisions on board for a year.

Wakefield left from the Royal Victoria Yacht Club in Cadboro Bay where he first learned to sail more than four decades ago.

For more information, and to follow Wakefield on his circumnavigation, go to glennwakefieldaroundtheworld.com or visit his blog at kimchowaroundtheworld.com for details of his first attempt.

Just Posted

Derelict trimaran removed from Oak Bay waters

Boat has been aground near Oak Bay Marina for over five months

Victoria Board of Education reviews its catchment boundary plans this week

Following consultation process, SD 61 ready to recommend shift in school learning lines

Confusing parking lot blamed for cars tipping into flowerbeds at Peninsula Canadian Tire

Tow and repairs cost thousands, engineer says drivers’ responsibility, Canadian Tire stay quiet

Saanich says it will take months to fix a sink hole that appeared during ‘Snowmaggedon’

Roads closed in the area after the sink hole first opened in early February

Province funds $88.6M for two new schools in Langford by 2022

Langford gets 500-seat elementary school and a 700-seat middle school

WATCH: Barbers battle it out in Victoria

‘Barber Battle’ saw stylists and barbers from across North America go head-to-head

Dash-cam video in trial of accused cop killer shows man with a gun

Footage is shown at trial of Oscar Arfmann, charged with killing Const. John Davidson of Abbotsford

Suicide confirmed in case of B.C. father who’d been missing for months

2018 disappearance sparked massive search for Ben Kilmer

Eight U.S. senators write to John Horgan over B.C. mining pollution

The dispute stems from Teck Resources’ coal mines in B.C.’s Elk Valley

Threats charge against Surrey’s Jaspal Atwal stayed

Atwal, 64, was at centre of controversy in 2018 over his attendance at prime minister’s reception in India

Anti-vaxxer Robert F. Kennedy Jr. to speak in Surrey

He’s keynote speaker at Surrey Environment and Business Awards luncheon by Surrey Board of Trade Sept. 17

Otters devour 150 trout at Kootenay hatchery

The hatchery has lost close to 150 fish in the past several months

B.C. church’s Pride flag defaced for second time in 12 days

Delta’s Ladner United Church says it will continue to fly the flag for Pride month

Update: Two shot, two arrested at Toronto Raptors victory rally

The team and several dignitaries, including Justin Trudeau, remained on stage

Most Read