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Aussie grandfather, 81, becomes the oldest person to sail solo around the world

Aussie grandfather, 81, becomes the oldest person to sail solo around the world after an exhausting 295-day trip

  • Bill Hatfield sailed back to the Gold Coast harbor on Saturday morning
  • He had spent 295 days at sea after he left early 2019
  • Mr. Hatfield’s daughter Katherine Lembros said she was happy to have her father

An 81-year-old grandfather from Australia has become the oldest person to sail around the world without stopping.

Bill Hatfield sailed Saturday morning after 295 days at sea back to the port of Gold Coast.

“Oh, I’m very happy to be back – I can tell you that. Nice to be back on land, “Mr. Hatfield said Nine.

Bill Hatfield (photo) sailed back to Gold Coast harbor on Saturday morning after spending 295 days at sea

Bill Hatfield (photo) sailed back to Gold Coast harbor on Saturday morning after spending 295 days at sea

Hatfield sailed west, which meant that he had to deal with stronger winds and currents, and he also fell overboard in one phase

Hatfield sailed west, which meant that he had to deal with stronger winds and currents, and he also fell overboard in one phase

Hatfield sailed west, which meant that he had to deal with stronger winds and currents, and he also fell overboard in one phase

It was his third trip around the world, but first without stopping en route.

Mr. Hatfield’s journey was not without danger.

He sailed west, which meant that he had to deal with stronger winds and currents, and he also fell overboard at some point.

Hatfield’s daughter Katherine Lembros said she was happy that her father was safe and well at home.

Hatfield said he wanted to spend some time with his family – but is already planning for his next big trip.

He took the title of oldest person to travel the world solo and without the English wife Jean Socrates, 77, who ended the trip in September 2019.

Hatfield's daughter Katherine Lembros said she was happy that her father was safe and well at home

Hatfield's daughter Katherine Lembros said she was happy that her father was safe and well at home

Hatfield’s daughter Katherine Lembros said she was happy that her father was safe and well at home

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