Vito Dumas was the first to successfully brave the South Seas

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30 Sailors of History QOK.qxd:Layout 1Vito Dumas’ feat went unnoticed in a Europe devastated by World War II. The Argentine lone navigator, between June 1942 and September 1943. completed a solo circumnavigation of the terrible southern oceans. He had left Buenos Aires in June aboard the Lehg II, a 31-foot ketch-rigged vessel built in 1934: no instruments aboard, only the sextant. He had no radio because he was afraid of being stopped and arrested as a spy.

vito dumas 2At some critical points, he was forced to stuff his oilskin with newspapers to avoid freezing to death. He recounted his adventures in the splendid volume “Toward the Southern Cross. The Roaring Forty.” Born in 1900, he died in Buenos Aires in 1965..

Because: Vito Dumas in fact made the first solo passage of the three great capes and the first successful solo passage of Cape Horn.

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Ambrose Fogar
François Gabart
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Francis Joyon
Robin Knox-Johnston
Ellen MacArthur
Bernard Moitessier
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Joshua Slocum
John Soldini
Agostino Straulino
Eric Tabarly
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