BRIAN 'BJ' CALDWELL'S

SOLO CIRCUMNAVIGATION

THE CALDWELL CAMPAIGN...
began June 1 1995 when BJ Caldwell, age 19, began a journey of 27,000 miles to become the youngest person to sail around the world alone. 1995 marks the 100th anniversary of the first historic solo circumnavigation of the world by Joshua Slocum. Today a young man stands on the threshhold of history. BJ, of Honolulu Hawai`i, will duplicate the Slocum voyage, except BJ will cover 27,000 in one year. He will be the youngest person ever to accomplish this feat. No one presently holds this record. Previous challenges were disqualified by the Guiness Book of World Records.

ABOUT BRIAN 'BJ' CALDWELL
In 1985, at the age of nine, BJ Caldwell began living a dream when his parents set sail on a journey throughout the South Pacific. After six years the family claimed to have learned more than their previous lives put together. Today, BJ has over 60,000 nautical miles of cruising and racing experience.

In addition to six trans Pacific voyages, he recently completed the trans Atlantic ARC Race. Out of 153 entries, his boat finished third. Ever since he returned from the South Pacific it's been BJ's dream to sail alone around the world. If that's not enough, he'll compete in the Mini-Transat, Figaro, BOC and Vendee Globe Challenge!

ABOUT THE BOAT
Mai (Miti) Vavau is a 1975 Contessa 26' sloop. This is a sisterhip to Varuna, the Contessa 26' sailed around the world by Tania Abei, who was disqualified from a world record.

Mai (Miti) Vavau is equipped with a Hood stow-away mast and roller furling jib for safety and ease of handling. She has a Monitor windvane, solar panels, Force 10 kerosene stove, GPS, SSB. A sturdy diesel engine runs a Max prop.

ABOUT THE JOURNEY
The route around the world begins in Honolulu Hawai`i and heads west through Vanuatu, Coco Keeling, Mauritius, Durban, Capetown, Lesser Antilles, Barbados, Panama Canal and then home to Honolulu.

WHERE IS BJ?
HOME

At Present: Safe & Sound;

BJ Will Be Tying Up at Hawaii Yacht Club
Sept 28th 1500 HST (3pm)
THE PUBLIC IS INVITED TO WELCOME HIM HOME

There will be photos and perhaps an interview here - ASAP - Stay Tuned......

Mail to Congratulate "The Kid" may be sent to: lektrode@holoholo.org
and will be fowarded to him.


Letter from BJ - Latitude 38 November 1996
The Young Man and the Sea - Latitude 38 November 1996
Letter from BJ - Latitude 38 August 1996
Letter from BJ - Latitude 38 July 1996
Sailing Magazine by Darrell Nicholson June 1996
INTERVIEW by Neil Rusch IN CAPE TOWN S.A. Yachting May 1996
Letter from BJ - Latitude 38 March 1996
Other Related Articles by Ray Pendleton
Young Sailor Has Scary Crossing


We will be adding to this site as BJ's progress is updated......so stay tuned as we keep you informed of this young man's efforts to gain entry into the Guiness Book of World Records as the youngest person to ever sail around the world alone.

*Hele On Back

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