The sailors from Schenk's "Who's who in circumnavigating the world" answered these ten questions
Ship, costs, equipment, route, travel destinations: always using the same ten questions, sailing legend Bobby Schenk has determined the experience of 100 sailing crews over the past 20 years. In doing so, he created a globally unique pool of knowledge from which future circumnavigators can draw important conclusions for their planning. There are many prominent names in cruising sailing among those surveyed - including the Erdmanns, the Hausners, Pieske, the Kammlers and the Kochs.
Times change, experiences remain valuable
The first blue water sailors that Schenk interviewed in 1970, including Astrid and Wilfried Erdmann with their "Kathena", circled the world without sponsors, electronics and with a small yacht less than ten meters in length. Over the years, crews with modernized equipment have been added, who have already benefited from the previously logged circumnavigations: ship types adapted for the trip, planning of several stages, other financing options as well as GPS and high-tech electronics were the result.
Schenk emphasizes that, due to the changing circumstances, the records could not be directly compared with one another. Nevertheless, they would give interesting insights into the steps of a circumnavigation, then as now.
You can find out more about Bobby Schenk's who's who in sailing around the world here.