Rich Wilson Completes Vendée Globe 2016-17
February 21, 2017: Rich Wilson today crossed the finish line of the Vendée Globe solo round the world yacht race after 107 days, 48 minutes and 18 seconds at sea. Wilson, 66, is the oldest skipper and the only American in the race, and finished in 13th place. His progress in the singlehanded 27,440 mile race from Les Sables d’Olonne on the coast of France was followed by over one million people in 79 countries around the world. The majority were school kids who were able to read his daily ship’s logs, listen to his podcasts and ask questions through the website for his educational program sitesALIVE! Wilson has become the fastest American to sail around the world, beating the 2004-2005 Vendee Globe record of Bruce Schwab, who completed the race in 109 days,19 hours and 58 minutes. He also beat his own Vendée Globe record when he competed in the 2008-2009 edition and finished in 121 days and 41 minutes.