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Hartjoy About to Make Landfall

We’re thrilled to report that after more than 200 days at sea alone, Washington-based sailor Jeff Hartjoy — who’s a longtime friend of Latitude 38 — is about to make landfall at Ecuador’s Bahia Caraquez, thus completing the nonstop circumnavigation that began there last Halloween. 

We’d imagine that Jeff — seen here goofing around while in Brazil with Debbie — might have a cocktail or two to celebrate his landfall. But first he’ll probably have a big glass of water, as he’s been practically running on empty for days. 

© 2016 Jeff Hartjoy

As reported earlier, when he crossed his outbound track on April 15 aboard his Perry-designed Baba 40 ketch, he became the oldest American to circle the globe via the Five Great Capes solo, nonstop and unassisted. Having known Jeff — aka El Jefe — since 1999, when he and his wife Debbie first headed south with the Baja Ha-Ha rally, we are immensely proud of him. And while it’s often said that "records are made to be broken," we suspect that Jeff’s distinction as a senior ‘circler’ won’t be challenged anytime soon. 

Look for more on Jeff’s remarkable journey and homecoming in the June issue of Latitude 38 magazine. You can read his blog here. Old guys rule!

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