Thursday, February 23, 2012
Longest time spent at sea: Bill and Laurel Cooper sets world record
Medway River, Kent, UK--Bill, 83, and Laurel Cooper, 82,
have spent the past 36 years sailing round the world; they have travelled four times across the globe, visited 45 countries and survived a hurricane during four decades at sea , setting the world record for the Longest time spent at sea, according to World Record Academy: www.worldrecordacademy.com/.
The Guinness world record for the most people scuba diving simultaneoulsy is 2,486 and was achieved in Malalayang beach, Manado (Indonesia).
Guinness World Records also recognized the world record for the Fastest circumnavigation by a crew, set by a crew of 13 captained by Loïck Peyron (France), who sailed around the world in 45 days, 13 hours, 42 minutes, 53 seconds in the yacht Banque Populaire 5.
Bill and Laurel Cooper started cruising in 1976 when Bill, a former Lieutenant Commander in the Royal Navy, gave up his 'high-flying' city job and they went sailing.
They sold their home in Chatham, Kent, and set off from Lowestoft, Suffolk, in June 1976 on a 50ft vessel Fare Well.
They have sailed more than 100,000 nautical miles and experienced every kind of weather. They have sailed on every ocean and even done more than 20,000 nautical miles in rivers, clocking up 45 different countries along the way.
They have moored their third boat, Faraway, on the River Medway after clocking 100,000 nautical miles.
Bill told the Mirror News: 'We've had a wonderful time, but I'm afraid I have been overtaken by what you could call ill-health. When I got to about 78, we built a boat we could manage for when old age really strikes – we call it the geriatric boat.'
The couple decided to drop anchor for the final time at Rochester because their health was starting to fail.
The countries they have visited include: Gibraltar, Spain, France, Italy, Greece, Crete, Turkey, Albania, Montenegro, Bosnia, Herzegovina, Croatia, Slovenia, Sicily, Sardinia, Majorca, Menorca, Ibiza, Canary Islands, Caribbean islands, Rhode Island, the US coast, Portugal, Cadiz, Morocco, Greek islands, Monaco, Azores, Lowestoft, Corsica, Holland, Germany, Belgium, Luxemburg, Austria, Slovakia, Hungary, Croatia, Serbia, Romania, Bulgaria, Ukraine, Yugoslavia, Tunisia and Cambrai.
Mrs Cooper said: "We're still fairly healthy, except for his eyesight. "People think it takes a lot of money. It doesn't, it's a very cheap way of life really."
Related world records:
Fastest yacht voyage around the world: Yachting crew set world record (Video)
Oldest person to swim the English Channel: Roger Allsopp (Video)
Fastest crossing of the Irish Sea on wakeboards: Irish cops (Video)
Smallest Power Boat to Cross The Atlantic: Florida brothers (Video)
First Woman to Sail Around the World Three Times: Dee Caffari (Video)
Longest distance covered on a jetski in 24 hours: Jeremy Burfoot (Video)
Fastest rowing across the Atlantic: Team Hallin (Video)
Largest gay and lesbian cruise: Atlantis Events
crossing of the English Channel on a wakeboard: Edward Bosso
Women To Row Nonstop Around Britain: The Seagals
voyage by a boat made of plastic bottles: Plastiki
distance traveled on a wakeboard: Wake Nation team
sea voyage: Reid Stowe
to circumnavigate the globe: Jessica Watson
rower to cross an ocean solo: Katie Spotz
solo kayak journey: Helen Skelton
to sail solo around world: Zac Sunderland
miles paddled in 24 hours on Stand Up Paddle Board: Justin DeBree
Stand Up Paddle board journey: Justin DeBree
circumnavigation using Biodiesel: Earthrace
vertical circumnavigation: Adrian Flanagan
distance traveled on a personal watercraft in a 24-hour period:
voyage by a wave-powered boat: Kenichi Horie
Thursday, February 23, 2012 6:39 AM