I'm just rereading my grandmother Ann Gash's book "a star to steer her by" ,she spent three years travelling the world solo at age 52 and went all the way around it .Her main motivation was to attend a flute playing school in Switzerland where she made and played tunes on bamboo pipes.She loved being out in those wild oceans all alone on her tiny 25 foot long wooden folk boat using only a sextant and the stars and sun and compass to navigate her way all around the globe.She wasn't trying to break a record and didn't have any sponsorship and only a tiny budget. She did meet a lot of great folk along the way and receive some great favours from fellow sailors. But she also had her few valuables including her sextant stolen from her boat at one point.To say she had grit would be a wild understatement. I'm beyond proud of this brave woman. Her longest stint without seeing land was 56 days, that was after leaving the Panama Canal and heading into the marquesas islands in the Pacific Ocean , all the while with damaged rigging up the top of her mast and no means to repair it.I was actually born while she was on this journey and upon her return to Sydney harbour she picked up My Mum and My Dad and me and sailed us up to Pittwater. Tragically her beloved Folkboat named "ilimo " struck a rock rounding Barrenjoey head and she sunk! After a three year journey around the whole world she sunk in the harbour she had left from. Tomorrow my son Rocky is doing a talk about her In front of his class, good luck Rocky !