• On August 6, 1971, Scottish sailor Charles Blyth became the first person to sail non-stop westward around the world. Blyth and his ship, British Steel, arrived in Hamble-le-Rice, a port on the River Hamble in Hampshire, England, to the cheers of more than 6,000 spectators.
     
    Blyth’s route of sailing westward around the world was much more difficult than sailing east. Blyth and other sailors going west are navigating against strong prevailing winds and ocean currents in the southern oceans and along the coastlines of the Americas and Africa.
     
    Blyth and British Steel made the 48,280 kilometer (30,000 mile) journey in about 292 days. Today, the sailing record for a westward circumnavigation of the globe is about 123 days.
  • Term Part of Speech Definition Encyclopedic Entry
    arrive Verb

    to reach a destination.

    circumnavigation Noun

    a journey entirely around something—an island, continent, or the entire Earth.

    current Noun

    steady, predictable flow of fluid within a larger body of that fluid.

    Encyclopedic Entry: current
    journey Noun

    voyage or trip.

    navigate Verb

    to plan and direct the course of a journey.

    port Noun

    place on a body of water where ships can tie up or dock and load and unload cargo.

    Encyclopedic Entry: port
    prevailing wind Noun

    wind that blows from one direction.

    sailor Noun

    person who works aboard a ship.

    spectator Noun

    person who observes an event or situation.

    west Noun

    direction in which the sun appears to set.

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