American Woman Makes Sailing History

March 8, 2024

This is really cool and so overwhelming in every sense of the word.

Sailor Cole Brauer after making history becoming the first American woman to sail solo, without stopping, around the world, finishing second place in the Global Solo Challenge competition.

Why It Matters: After sailing 130 days around the world by herself, Cole Brauer arrived in Coruña, Spain on Thursday, completing her 30,000-mile journey passing Africa’s west coast, Australia and South America. The 29-year-old was the youngest and only woman in the competition, in which more than half of her competitors dropped out due to dangerous conditions. Brauer said of her accomplishment, “It would be amazing if there was just one girl that saw me and said, ‘Oh, I can do that too.'” The history-making sailor offers this advice, “I really want people to find what they’re passionate about and go and fight for it. Anytime you hear the word no, I would just ignore it.”

Amid her journey in which she stayed in communication with her team back on land, Brauer shared video updates on her Instagram, detailing the ups, downs and beauty of her history-making journey. In completing her travel, Brauer joins the less than 200 people who have ever sailed around the world by themselves.

Read More: Sailor Cole Brauer makes history as the first American woman to race solo around the world (NBC News)

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Check out Cole Brauer’s Instagram HERE

by Leah Grainery, based in Texas