Donna Lange is on Her Way Around the World…Again!

Donna Lange’s send off party date was chosen months prior to the actual event, as is the case when reserving a fancy venue like the Herreshoff Marine Museum. But as the date for her second solo circumnavigation departure snuck closer, her to-do list remained long and stressful. But she did what any good sailor would do – continue to prepare like mad with lots of help and new equipment to tweak, learn and ultimately shake down. And when the date arrived and she wasn’t quite ready to go – and you DON’T GO around the world ill prepared – she went through her ceremonial send off, with plenty of fans and fanfare and even a canon salute and sailed off into the…. harbor.

Wisely and with much admiration for the guts, not only to know when to “hold ’em” but also for sailing around the world alone, Donna chose to carry on with the farewell and then have a little shakedown cruise around Bristol Harbor. She then returned back to her mooring and the work continued. No one at Donna’s send off could begrudge her for not sailing off into the sunset. She has done this “around alone” thing before and everyone there seemed to understand her focus and determination and support her in every decision she made.

She received many new pieces that were integral to her voyage. New pilot kites in the event of a mast failure, new Harken winches and blocks, new sails, a buoyancy system of inflating airbags, new solar and wind power, new lines and leads and many many other new complicated systems that required serious installation and education for a successful voyage.

So just yesterday, on July 31st, with a rare summer Bristol Harbor northerly morning breeze, she hoisted her sails and headed south out of Narragansett Bay. Her website is tracking her position (that she cannot see) and she will update us and her website via satellite connection to email and single sideband radio.

Farewell Donna and we wish you a safe and comfortable voyage. She plans to head across the Atlantic and down the coast of Africa and around the Capes in the Southern Ocean. With no electronics or GPS aboard, she is depending on her newly honed celestial navigation skills to guide her around the oceans. And when she pulls back into Bristol Harbor next spring, we will be there to greet her and congratulate her on being the first American woman to solo circumnavigate nonstop. And TotalBoat will have done the voyage around the world with her…and that, too will be a cool thing to celebrate.

GO DONNA!

Donna Sets Sail for the World!

In a few short days, the wait will be over for Donna Lange. For years she has been preparing for this second voyage around the world and the time has come to slip the lines, hoist her new sails and point her bow east across the Atlantic Ocean. Sunday at noon Donna Lange will leave Bristol Harbor on her attempt to be the first American woman to sail nonstop around the world alone. She has completed the circumnavigation before, when, as we shared in this blog post from a few weeks back, she made several stops along the way before returning home to RI.

Donna has been working madly for weeks on her Southern Cross 28 which she further readied for her ocean going voyage with new lines, a new Harken furler, winches and blocks and a new windvane, solar panel, sails and more! We were excited at the chance to send our TotalBoat brand around the world with Donna and offered her full sponsorship for her boating projects using TotalBoat.

  

She used WetEdge to redo the decks in a bright white. She used TB Spartan Bottom Paint in blue for her bottom, she insulated lazarettes and a bulkhead using the TotalBoat Floatation Foam, Used TB 5:1 Epoxy with slow hardener to seal the cockpit floor where the engine once lived. The teak railing got love from TB Danish Teak Sealer and THIXO, TotalSeal and Bond tubes are staples in her onboard workshop.

Come wish Donna well on Sunday at 10am at the Herreshoff Marine Museum. The send off party will sign her new mainsail, wish her well and wave farewell as she heads out of Narragansett Bay and out into the Atlantic Ocean.

We commend Donna for her vision of green sailing without GPS, engine and any outside assistance. Watch TotalBoat Show for updates on her position and progress and send messages to Donna which we will deliver to her via her SSB radio which will be one of her only electronic devices aboard.

FAIR WINDS and FOLLOWING SEAS, Donna. The TotalBoat Team will be there to wish you well as you sail away and TotalBoat will be at your sides (and above and underneath you) as you make your dream a reality.

We believe in you and we wish you well! See you soon!