Sailing’s newest rock star

Published on September 29th, 2023

At her only 2023 US appearance on September 22, Kirsten Neuschäfer walked on to the stage at the Rockport, Maine Opera house, and before uttering a word was greeted by a thundering standing ovation from the capacity crowd of 340, the energy and adoration of the crowd rivaling a Jimmy Buffett concert.

Sadly, 180 poor souls were left out on the waiting list. Attendees traveled from far and wide, most notably some hardy and dedicated fans from Prince Edward Island who drove over 400 miles to witness the return of their adopted superstar.

Here she was, the winner of the 2022-23 Golden Globe Solo nonstop race around the world, starting her victory lap back in Maine where she received enough encouragement and support to enter the race and start the arduous process of selecting a boat, raising funds and making it to the starting line in Les Sables-d’Olonne. – Full report

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