Introducing William Croxford Sailing!
William Croxford grew up on his family farm near Milton Keynes and started sailing at the age of ten at Willen Lake. Starting on Dinghies he eventually found yachts when traveling in Australia and New Zealand at the age on 18. Whilst traveling he spent time as crew on yachts in the Whitsundays, great Barrier Reef and Bay of Islands. He was lucky enough to get to spend sometime onboard an Americas Cup yacht in Auckland where he found his passion for sailing fast.
Ever since watching Dame Ellen MacArthur come second in the Vendée Globe in 2001 and reading about Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, Will has wanted to complete a solo non stop sail around the world.
With the berth of the Global Solo Challenge and the difficulties Covid has brought to the world over the past few years Will has decided now is the time to complete this dream.
Having a passion for renewable energy and the environment Will has decided to complete his Solo Non Stop sail as the first person to do so without carrying or using any fossil fuels throughout the voyage and making his boat carbon neutral or carbon negative.
The boat that will be used to complete this race is a Carroll Marine Frers 45 called Echo Zulu.
Built in 1990 Echo has a long history of racing with some substantial offshore races already completed such as the RORC Fastnet race and the RWYC Ostar Race
A Few Facts:
Length 45” (13.71m)
Top speed 12 knots
Current sail area 921 FT2
Currently a group zero boat
Will aims to become the first person to sail around the world non stop solo without carrying or using any fossil fuels for the voyage. He also is working towards making the boat carbon neutral or carbon negative.
Every item on the boat will be run from electricity that has been gathered from either solar panels or hydrogenation technology attached to the boat.
Although people have completed solo navigations with electric engines they have always carried back up generators and gas to cook. Will plans to go one step further and remove all foil fuels and any temptation to use them.
He will be using products on the boat which are able to be recycled and repurposed, and products that don’t harm the environment.
The two chosen charities for William Croxford Sailing are:
Blue Marine works using a combination of top-down intervention to improve governance of our seas and bottom-up project delivery to help local communities who are at the front line of ocean conservation.
Our key strategic interventions are as follows:
Securing marine protected areas to ensure the protection of at least 30% of the ocean by 2030.
Developing models of sustainable fishing proving that low-impact fishing benefits marine life, local fishers and communities.
Restoring marine habitats to revive and protect vulnerable and threatened species and to sequester carbon.
Tackling unsustainable fishing by
highlighting poor practice and developing solutions.
Connecting people with the sea and enhancing ocean understanding across generations.
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Sponsors and partners
We have some great opportunities for Buisness and individuals to come onboard as partners helping make the dream come true and been part of a world first.
Some of our current sponsors and partners