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Good Jibes With Ronnie Simpson on the Global Solo Challenge

This week’s host, Nicki Bennett, is joined by returning guest Ronnie Simpson to chat about his preparation and campaign for the 2023-2024 Global Solo Challenge. Ronnie is an Iraq war veteran who discovered sailing after being wounded and has since sailed well over 100,000 miles.

Ronnie Simpson's Sparrow on Bay
In his 20s, Ronnie mounted two sponsored campaigns for the Singlehanded Transpacific Race and won his division in one of those.
© 2022 Ronnie Simpson

Hear how to prepare to sail around the world and find sponsors, and how Ronnie found his boat, Sparrow (hint: Good Jibes played a part!); about the helpful gear he’s getting together and the things you need to move around in life to make opportunities like this a reality.

This episode covers everything from fundraising to singlehanding. Here’s a small sample of what you will hear:

  • How did Ronnie enter the Global Solo Challenge?
  • When does he start?
  • What’s the story behind Sparrow?
  • Who is sponsoring Ronnie so far?
  • What’s the coolest experience he’s had on Sparrow?
  • How do you support him?
  • What’s the single thing he’s most excited about during this campaign?
  • How long is the Global Solo Challenge?

Donate to Ronnie’s campaign here:

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1 Comment

  1. Christine Weaver 1 year ago

    Coincidentally (or not), this comes to us by way of the Singlehanded Sailing Society: The Singlehanded Sailing Society welcomes back Ronnie Simpson, amongst many other accomplishments, a Singlehanded Transpacific Veteran of 2010 and 2012.

    Jim Quanci of Green Buffalo will interview Ronnie about how sailing and racing has changed his life as well as his Open 50 preparations for a solo race around the world. There will be an opportunity for Q&A after the hour-ish presentation. This Webinar is free and requires registration.

    You are invited to a Zoom webinar.
    When: Nov 12, 2022 02:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)
    Topic: Racing Solo with Ronnie Simpson

    Register in advance for this webinar:

    After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

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