Tania Aebi - solo circumnavigation of the globe in a 26-foot sailboat between the ages of 18 and 21,


Renata Chlumska  - Adventure athlete who became the first Swedish and Czech woman to climb Mount Everest and in 2005 did a circumnavigate of the lower 48 States of the United States by her own power.

In May 1985, when Tania was 18 years old, she cast off from the docks of South Street Seaport in lower Manhattan and sailed 27,000 miles around the world—alone—on her Contessa 26, Varuna.


Concerned about her lack of ambition, her father offered her this opportunity as an alternative to a college education, and she took him up on it. With just a cat for company, she crossed the Caribbean, the South Pacific and Indian Oceans, the Red Sea, the Mediterranean, and the North Atlantic, stopping in 23 countries along the way. In November 1987, at 21, Tania Aebi returned to New York City, a solo-circumnavigator.


She spent the following year reliving the trip in words, writing her bestselling book, Maiden Voyage, a personal account describing her coming of age odyssey and dramatic childhood.

Nowadays, as her boys turn into young men, she continues to write, runs her businesses, and is working on her next book—in between keeping the paths shovelled and wood fires stoked in the winter, the gardens planted, weeded and productive in the summers.


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Show notes

  • Sailing solo around the world when she was 18

  • Living in the countryside

  • Getting into sailing when she was a teenager

  • Sailing across the Atlantic Ocean with her dad

  • How she gained her sailing skills

  • Reflecting back on her teenage years

  • How the opportunity came up to sail around the world

  • Leaning new skills along the way

  • Sailing to Bermuda

  • Trying to figure out how to fix the engine and how to navigate

  • Figuring out that she was ok being alone on the ocean

  • Having to learn how to sail better

  • Being sad that the adventure was over

  • What happened next after arriving back in NYC

  • Sitting down to write the book

  • Going back to university 10 years later

  • Figuring stuff out while writing about her experience of sailing around the world

  • Having a cat on the boat

  • Introducing her 2 sons to the world of sailing

  • Romance while sailing!

  • Doing a big sailing trip with her boys

  • Feeling protected and looked after while being a solo female sailor

  • Being fuelled by the negative comments

  • Being inspired by Laura Dekker

  • Ignore the negativity and do it

  • Not being active on social media


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