"The round the world record has fulfilled my highest ambition in sailing," admitted Fossett on Tuesday "and this just seems like the right time to stop."
His focused and committed approach has made him the greatest record-setter in the history of speed sailing with over two-dozen total world and race records set. And 13 of the 22 current records listed as 'outright' in the World Sailing Speed Record Council (WSSRC) record book are held by Fossett - including the amazing new RTW at 58 days 9 hours on the 125' maxi-cat Cheyenne - and the 2001 New York - UK TransAtlantic rocket ride of 4 days 17 hours (aboard the same boat, then known as PlayStation).
"It has been an exciting - and very fulfilling - 11 years. In the past we've defended our records by re-taking 4 of them when broken: the 24 Hours (twice), Round Britain & Ireland, and Isle of Wight - but I don't want to make a program of that. My mind is on aviation projects right now. I should sell Cheyenne to someone who wants to do the Oryx Cup RTW Race - or maybe even try to break some of our records."
Steve Fossett's Sailing Records:
|Round the World||58d 9h 32m 45s||Feb-April 2004|
|TransAtlantic||4d 17h 28m 6s(25.78 kts)||01/10/2001|
|Round Britain & Ireland||4d 16h 9m 36s||01/10/2002|
|TransAt-Discovery Route||9d 13h 30m 18s||01/02/2003|
|TransMed (Marseilles-Carthage)||18h 46m 48s||01/05/2002|
|Fastnet Course||35h 17m 14s||01/03/2002|
|Newport-Bermuda||1d 14h 35m 53s||01/01/2000|
|Isle of Wight||2h 33m 55s||01/11/2001|
|Round Ireland||44h 42m 20s||01/09/1993|
|Hawaii-Japan||13d 20h 9m||July-Aug 1995|
|Pacific Ocean East to West||16d 17h 21m||01/08/1995|
|Miami-New York||2d 5h 54m 42s||01/05/2001|
|Plymouth-LaRochelle||16h 41m 40s||01/04/2002|