The attempt will begin when Steve crosses the classic “Lizard / Ushant” start line. This line between The Lizard in Cornwall and Ushant, the extreme North West tip of Brittany, France, is the starting point for trans-Atlantic and round the world records. From there, Steve will travel across the entrance to the Bay of Biscay, down the North Atlantic past the Canaries and Cape Verde’s, through the Doldrums and on to the Equator.
From there, down through the South Atlantic in the Trade Winds to the first mark of the course, at the extreme southern end of South America, Cape Horn. This will mark Steve’s entrance into the Southern Ocean at 53 degrees South – the “Furious Fifties”, and the beginning of ten thousand miles of upwind sailing in the most hostile ocean on the planet. In the Southern Ocean it will be a case of preserving the boat and his personal safety amongst the desolate wastes and icebergs.
After a lap of Antarctica, leaving Australia to starboard, Steve will climb up out of the Southern Ocean turning right at The Cape of Good Hope into the South Atlantic, where he should gradually thaw out.
After retracing his steps through first the South and then the North Atlantic, Steve should re-cross that mythical Lizard – Ushant line, in a time of less than 122 days, 14 hours and 4 minutes!