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Solo Act: Kirsten Neuschäfer Wins the Golden Globe Race


After 235 days at sea, Neuschäfer crossed the line in Les Sables d’Olonne, becoming the first woman to win a round-the-world race.
Kirsten Neuschafer

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When Kirsten Neuschäfer decided to compete in the 2022-23 Golden Globe Race, she searched for a fast, safe and stable boat. She studied designs with a good ballast-to-weight ratio, and sought out a hull and rig that could withstand a hard beat to windward. 

She found Minnehaha Cape George 36 is a sturdy, tough boat. The quick cutter with a generous sail plan met all of the official requirements—a production boat with a full keel, less than 36 feet long, designed before 1988—and a few requirements she had set for herself. 

“I wanted a super-secure boat for the Southern Ocean, which was fast as well,” Neuschäfer says. “Minnehaha The light air makes you suffer a little, but I was confident that I could survive. I knew it was…

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