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.
a journey entirely around something—an island, continent, or the entire Earth.
steady, predictable flow of fluid within a larger body of that fluid.
Encyclopedic Entry: current journey Noun
voyage or trip.
to plan and direct the course of a journey.
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.
person who works aboard a ship.
person who observes an event or situation.
direction in which the sun appears to set.