One More Time Around

Five-time solo circumnavigator and longtime CW contributor Webb Chiles is off on another lap around the planet aboard his Moore 24, Gannet.

Chiles track

Webb Chiles is not a man who will stay put for long.

The five-time circumnavigator and the first American to round Cape Horn alone, sailed from San Diego, California, Tuesday morning, May 20, on his 24-foot sloop, Gannet, beginning what will, time and chance permitting, become his sixth voyage around the world.

Gannet is a Moore 24, the first ultra-light displacement class built in the United States. (Read more about Webb and the refit of his Moore 24 his sail to Mission Bay.) Moore 24s have often been successfully raced from California to Hawaii, but no one has ever before attempted to circumnavigate in one. (Read more about Moore 24s.)

Chiles will sail first to Hilo, Hawaii; then make his way across the Pacific Ocean to New Zealand where he will decide whether to continue west or turn east for Cape Horn in 2015.

You can follow Gannet's track at Yellowbrick, and learn more at www.inthepresentsea.com.