Italian Sea-Change Sailor Plans Another Adventure

Posted: February 14, 2013

By: Des Ryan [Sail-World.com]

It took him two years, but he did it. From London to Istanbul he sailed, and when there was no wind, he rowed. He sailed 3,356 miles, had times of bad health, at one point his doctor told him to stop or he'd die, but he kept going. Giacomo De Stefano sailed from London to Istanbul in a 5.6m Ness Yawl. His adventure was the stuff of both dreams and nightmares, and it wasn't enough - now he's planning another.

The tiny Ness Yawl Giacomo used for his last incredible journey was constructed by his friend, master boatbuilder Roland Poltock, designed by Scottish designer Iain Oughtred. It was similar to those the Vikings once sailed and the kind fisherman from the Shetland Islands still use - clinker-planked with mahogany plywood, light but very seaworthy, good for both rowing and sailing. 

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