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.
arrive
Verb

to reach a destination.

circumnavigation
Noun

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

Noun

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

journey
Noun

voyage or trip.

navigate
Verb

to plan and direct the course of a journey.

Noun

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

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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