Cole Brauer arrived in Spain

Cole Brauer arrived in Spain

A 29-year-old woman has become the first woman to race non-stop around the Earth when she arrived in A Coruna, Spain.

Captaining her 40-foot vessel First Light for months, Cole Brauer crossed three oceans and 30,000 miles to arrive at the finish line. She was the only woman who set forth on the Global Solo Challenge.

She is neither the first woman to sail around the world nor the first woman to sail non-stop around the world, but she is the first to do it as part of a competition, and ipso facto also set the world record for the fastest, solo, female, non-stop circumnavigation at 130 days.

Satellite communications allowed her to keep in touch with a logistics team, as well as a horde of over 400,000 followers on social media.

“Solo sailors, you have to be able to do everything. You need to be able to take care of yourself. You need to be able to get up, even when you’re so exhausted. And you have to be able to fix everything on the boat.”

Her route took her from Spain down the west coast of Africa where she hugged the Southern Ocean reaches from the Cape of Good Hope, to Australia, to Cape Horn, and up again to Spain across the Atlantic.

With the circumference of the globe being narrower the closer one sails to Antarctica, the route was a must if Brauer had any hope of a speedy finish. This did mean braving frigid air temps and rough seas, including thirty-foot waves that launched her around her cabin.

Only one instance led Brauer to consider abandoning the mission—when some critical equipment failed, and she wasn’t sure she could make running repairs herself. It was her mom who talked her out of throwing in the towel.

Upon her return to A Coruna, she celebrated with a champagne shower, a cappuccino, and a croissant; all well deserved undoubtedly.

“I push so much harder when someone’s like, ‘no, you can’t do that,’ or ‘you’re too small,’” Brauer, standing 5-foot-1 and weighing 100 pounds, told NBC. “It would be amazing if there was just one other girl that saw me and said ‘Oh, I can do that, too.’”

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