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Steve FOSSETT (USA)

Steve FOSSETT (USA)In 2004 Steve FOSSETT as skipper claimed one of the ultimate prizes in sailing when he broke the Round the World, Non-Stop Record by nearly 6 days, with a time of 58 days, 9 hours, 32 minutes and 45 seconds on board the maxi-catamaran Cheyenne. In doing so, Steve completed his goal of capturing the most important records in sailing, to currently hold an unprecedented total of 15 world and 9 race records.

Cheyenne, with her crew of 12, set off on their record attempt on 8 February 2004 and returned to the finish line between Ushant and the Lizard on 5 April 2004.

All the way round the globe, the crew faced the unpredictable challenges of nature from flat calms to instant squalls, hull ripping icebergs and the bitter cold of the Southern Ocean. Gear failure nearly ended their record attempt on more than one occasion, but the skill and resolve of this exceptional team enabled them to overcome their problems and emphatically break one of the world's toughest records.

The Achievements of Steve Fossett


Round the World, Non-Stop Record, February-April 2004 - 58d, 9h, 32m and 45s (skipper)

Name Steve Fossett
Date of Birth 16184
Place of Birth Jackson, Tennessee, USA
Profession Sailor and Pilot
ISAF Sailor ID USASF16
Website www.fossettchallenge.com
Age started sailing 28
First boat sailed Rhodes 19
Age started racing 49
First boat raced 'Lakota' 60 foot trimaran
What inspired you to take up sailing? The goal of sailing across the Atlantic single-handed.
How did you buy your first boat? Purchased one of the top French 60' Trimarans 'Pierre Premiere'
Which was your first sailing club? San Diego Yacht Club
First Event competed in and Year Round Britain & Ireland (double-handed) in 1993
First Event won and Year Round Britain & Ireland (double-handed) in 1993
Detail the personal highlights of your sailing career to date World Records (13+2 single-handed)
Detail the personal highlights of your sailing career to date Round the World - 58d 9h 32m 45s - Feb-April 2004
Detail the personal highlights of your sailing career to date Transatlantic - 4d 17h 28m 6s(25.78 kts) - Oct 2001
Detail the personal highlights of your sailing career to date Round Britain & Ireland - 4d 16h 9m 36s - Oct 2002
Detail the personal highlights of your sailing career to date Transat-Discovery Route - 9d 13h 30m 18s - Feb 2003
Detail the personal highlights of your sailing career to date TransMed (Marseilles-Carthage) - 18h 46m 48s - May 2002
Detail the personal highlights of your sailing career to date Fastnet Course - 35h 17m 14s - Mar 2002
Detail the personal highlights of your sailing career to date Newport-Bermuda - 1d 14h 35m 53s - Jan 2000
Detail the personal highlights of your sailing career to date Isle of Wight - 2h 33m 55s - Nov 2001
Detail the personal highlights of your sailing career to date Round Ireland - 44h 42m 20s - Sep 1993
Detail the personal highlights of your sailing career to date Hawaii-Japan - 13d 20h 9m - Jul-Aug 1995
Detail the personal highlights of your sailing career to date Pacific Ocean East to West - 16d 17h 21m - Aug 1995
Detail the personal highlights of your sailing career to date Miami-New York - 2d 5h 54m 42s - May 2001
Detail the personal highlights of your sailing career to date Plymouth-LaRochelle - 16h 41m 40s - Apr 2002
Detail the personal highlights of your sailing career to date
Detail the personal highlights of your sailing career to date Singlehanded Records (2 World, 1 Race)
Detail the personal highlights of your sailing career to date Pacific Ocean (Yokohama-SF)-World 20d 9h 52m - Aug 1996
Detail the personal highlights of your sailing career to date Newport-Bermuda-World 40h 51m 54s - Jun 1999
Detail the personal highlights of your sailing career to date California-Hawaii (Singlehanded Transpac) -Race 7d 22h 38m - Jul 1998
Detail the personal highlights of your sailing career to date
Detail the personal highlights of your sailing career to date Race Records (8)
Detail the personal highlights of your sailing career to date Newport-Ensenada - 6h 46m 40s 18.45 kts) - Apr 1998
Detail the personal highlights of your sailing career to date Chicago-Mackinac - 18h 50m 32s - Jul 1998
Detail the personal highlights of your sailing career to date Swiftsure - 14h 35m 29s - May 1997
Detail the personal highlights of your sailing career to date Long Beach-Cabo San Lucas - 3d 2h 59m - Nov 1995
Detail the personal highlights of your sailing career to date Pineapple Cup (Ft Lauderdale-Montego Bay) - 2s 20h 8m 5s - Feb 1999
Detail the personal highlights of your sailing career to date San Diego-Puerto Vallarta - 62h 20m 11s - Feb 1998
Detail the personal highlights of your sailing career to date Round St. Martin (Heineken) - 2h 4m 23s - Mar 2003
Detail the personal highlights of your sailing career to date Windjammers (SF-Santa Cruz) - 4h 41m 2s - Aug 1997
Detail the personal highlights of your sailing career to date
Detail the personal highlights of your sailing career to date Superceded World Records
Detail the personal highlights of your sailing career to date 24 Hour Record - 687.17 nm (28.63 kts) - Oct 2001
Detail the personal highlights of your sailing career to date 24 Hour Record - 580.23 nm - Mar 1999
Detail the personal highlights of your sailing career to date Pacific Ocean Record (Crewed) - 16d 17h 21m 19s - Aug 1995
Detail the personal highlights of your sailing career to date Transpac - 6d 16h 7m 16s - Jul 1995
Detail the personal highlights of your sailing career to date Round Britain & Ireland - 5d 21h 5m 27s - Oct 1994
Detail the personal highlights of your sailing career to date Cowes-St. Malo - 6h 21m 54s - Dec 2001
Detail the personal highlights of your sailing career to date Isle of Wight - 3h 35m 38s - Sep 1994
What are your future sailing aspirations? I have not yet decided on future goals in sailing
Briefly state what sailing means to you I love the intensity of competition in racing and the sense of adventure when attempting distance sailing records.
Who has had the greatest impact or inspiration in your sailing career and why? David SCULLY because he got me started in multihull sailing in 1993 and sailed many of the records with me.
Who do you consider to be your sailing hero? Peter BLAKE because he succeeded in several areas of sailing: Whitbread, Round the World Record, single-handed records and America's Cup.
What other sports do you participate in outside of sailing? Official World Records in four sports:
What other sports do you participate in outside of sailing? First solo balloon flight round the world (2002)
What other sports do you participate in outside of sailing? Glider world records including the first 1500km Triangle and the first 2000km Out and Return
What other sports do you participate in outside of sailing? Jet airplane records including round the world (2000), Transatlantic (2003 and US Transcontinental (2003)
Who do you consider to be the greatest sailor in the World and why? Grant DALTON because he is a true 'skipper' who has organised and led his team to major successes including The Race, the Whitbread and the 24 Hour Record.
Briefly state what being nominated for the ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Award 2004 means to you I am pleased to be considered inthe same list with some of the finest sailors in the world.
If voted as the ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year 2004, briefly say what will this mean to you? I have focussed for 11 years on trying to be as successful as I was able to be in sailing. It would fulfill my dreams to be recognised by the international sailing community as World Sailor of the Year.
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