Brauer sails into the record books

As dawn broke in A Coruña, Spain, Thursday morning, Cole Brauer sailed into port on First Light, completing a 130-day journey around the world as part of the Global Solo Challenge.

Cole Brauer, the 29-year-old East Hampton resident who has been sailing solo around the world since Oct. 29, arrived early Thursday morning at the finish line of the Global Solo Challenge race in A Coruña, Spain, with her 40-foot boat. , First Light, “would have wanted it.”

Thus, Brauer, the runner-up in the tough race, became the first American woman to sail solo nonstop around the world’s three major capes, and the 18th woman to do so overall.

A large group, including the winner, Philippe Delamare, whom she hugged, and her parents, Kim and David, who flew in from Key Largo, Florida, and the race organizer, Marco Nannini, were there to greet and greet her. to celebrate. her extraordinary achievement with sprayed champagne.

All she wanted was a cappuccino and a croissant. In an NBC “Today Show” interview that aired at 8 a.m., a clip was shown of her being thrown through the cabin of First Light during one of the many storms she encountered during the 16,000-plus mile journey, including one had more than 30 storms. -foot waves. The accident caused her to break a rib. Another clip was shown in which she administered an IV herself.

Wearing a knit hat and sweatshirt and looking radiant, the 6-foot-4 sailor, when asked what she had learned about herself, said she had learned that she was quite good at being alone, although at the same time she was most grateful. , she said, of all those, including her Coastal team, friends, family and the more than 400,000 followers her daily Instagram posts attracted, who had wished her well along the way.

“Fewer than 200 people have achieved this feat since Sir Robin Knox-Johnson became the first to do so in 1969,” Nannini said in a post on the Global Solo Challenge website. “Cole Brauer is the 18th woman and the first American woman to enter the history books for one of the toughest sporting activities in existence. She took 130 days, two hours, 45 minutes, 38 seconds, setting a new benchmark time for a solo circumnavigation on a 40-foot boat, beating the previous record set by the late Guo Chuan in 2016 by about seven days . . . Well done, Kool!”

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