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Episode #63: Ronnie Simpson on the Global Solo Challenge

This week’s host, Nicki Bennett, is joined by returning guest Ronnie Simpson to chat 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.

Hear how to prepare to sail around the world, find sponsors, how he found his boat Sparrow (hint: Good Jibes played a part!), 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 in this episode:

  • 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:

Check out the episode and show notes below for much more detail.

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Show Notes

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