Multiple challenges

Three-time solo round the world veteran skipper Norbert Sedlacek now aims to join the very short list of yachtsmen to have successfully traversed the Northwest Passage under sail. But, as Matt Sheahan finds out, that is just the beginning

Fibres made from volcanic rock might not be at the top of your list as a construction material to consider for a boat of any type, let alone one that would share the racing style and characteristics of a modern Imoca 60. Yet this is the material that was used to create Innovation Yacht’s 60-footer for solo sailor Norbert Sedlacek in his quest to set a reference time for an unusual and challenging lap of the planet.

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