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Joe Harris: Lifelong Ambition Fulfilled

Published on May 5th, 2016

Aboard his Class40 GryphonSolo2, American Joe Harris departed Newport (RI) on November 15, 2015 in a bid to break the 40 Foot Monohull Solo Non-Stop Round the World Record. That plan, however, got derailed with a detour to Cape Town to repair his energy systems and another pit stop in Uruguay due to hull damage.

But Joe persevered to fulfill his lifelong ambition to circumnavigate the world, returning May 5, 2016 to Newport, RI at 08:27:48 EDT. Total days at sea excluding two stops for repairs: 152 days, 23 hours, 10 minutes, and 24 seconds. Photos by Stephen R Cloutier /

Background: As a result of Joe’s 11-day detour to Cape Town (Dec 28-Jan 8), and his 10-day pit stop in Uruguay (Mar 22-31), Joe is no longer able to officially break the existing non-stop record of 137 days, 20 hours, 01 minute, 57 seconds – set by Chinese sailor Guo Chuan in 2013. However, he remains committed to completing the journey. Website:

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