Teen with MA ties crossing the Atlantic alone – Boston 25 News
MARION, Mass. – A 16-year-old with Massachusetts ties is on his way to achieving the remarkable goal of becoming the youngest person to sail solo across the Atlantic.
Cal Currier left Marion on June 27, bound for Portugal on a 30-foot sailboat purchased for $12,000 from a sailmaker in Mystic, Connecticut.
Currier’s family say Cal only recently learned to sail and had the idea to make the crossing in January.
His family says Currier took sailing lessons in the spring and fixed the boat he bought at the same time. His family says the money used to buy the boat was earned through a camp Currier had started with his three brothers to teach children physics, and by securing sponsorships.
Currier is originally from Palo Alto, Calif., but his family spends their summers in Duxbury and Marion.
Currently, Currier lies just east of the Azores. You can follow his travel here.
His family say that if Currier arrives on August 6, he will have completed the 3,500 mile trip in 37 days when he was 16 years and 249 days old.
The Guinness Book of World Records says the youngest person to solo cross the Atlantic was David Sandeman from the UK who completed his sail in 1976 at the age of 17.
Currier’s boat, the Argo, is a 30-foot Tartan monohull sailboat built in 1976.
This is a developing story. Check back for updates as more information becomes available.
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