Solo attempt from New York to San Francisco
Published on December 13th, 2020
On January 1, 2021, 42 year old Ryan Finn will depart New York City to set sail for San Francisco, via Cape Horn, as he attempts to establish the first non-stop singlehanded reference time for the 13,225 nm course.
Finn will be sailing a Russel Brown designed and built 36-foot Proa Jzerro. The design of the boat is modeled on the ancient technology used by Pacific Islanders and it is known for its efficiency, speed and reliability.
“I came up with the idea on a small Proa to prove the concept of such a boat for a long, solo record breaking,” explains Finn. “I don’t think there’s an existing multihull that could survive the non-stop westbound record, but I think a Proa could.”
A devoted sailor, Ryan has sailed more than 100,000 nautical miles, including three Trans-Atlantic and five Trans-Pacific crossings. He completed several other expeditions using 21 to 60-foot Ocean Racing Vessels as well as other cruising and racing boats. In 2016, he sailed from Los Angeles to the Panama Canal, completing what is considered the longest solo sailing expedition in only 18 days on a Pacific Proa.
Montreal-based Sailor Productions will capture footage of the 60-day journey to produce a 60-minute documentary film, 2Oceans1Rock. Throughout his expedition, the Jzerro will be rigged with multiple Insta360 cameras making it possible to capture his journey as he faces the most enduring challenges.
“This is a unique project for sailors and non-sailors alike. It’s a true American adventure with the ability to inspire imaginations of all ages,” said Mathieu Dumont, Executive Producer, 2Oceans1Rock.