He did it! On the 204th day after setting sail from Ecuador’s Bahia Caraquez, Washington-based singlehander Jeff Hartjoy completed his nonstop lap around the planet Sunday aboard his Baba 40 ketch, Sailors Run. Having missed the high tide, he wasn’t able to cross the bar that protects the bay, and was forced to anchor outside in an open roadstead.
"That didn’t stop Debbie [his wife] from getting a panga and bringing me out not only one of the greatest hugs and kisses I have ever gotten, but she had fried chicken, fries and rum, not to mention some very-much-needed gallons of fresh, clean drinking water. This all put a nice ending to a colossal voyage, and yet another night just short of the safety of a protected harbor."
Many armchair adventurers have been following Jeff’s progress via his website and Latitude 38 updates. Look for more in June’s Sightings on the final days of Jeff’s epic journey, which ultimately earned him distinction as the oldest American to singlehand nonstop via the Five Great Capes.