Soldiers Point resident takes on daring circumnavigation attempt

Kev Le Poidevin is ready to attempt to make a childhood dream a reality by completing a single handed circumnavigation of the globe.

SOLDIERS Point local Kev Le Poidevin (62) is about to embark on a childhood dream, attempting to sail around the world as part of the Global Solo Challenge event.

Kev will be sailing single handed, non-stop and unassisted on his circumnavigation attempt, which departs from Spain.

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The epic adventure commences on October 28 and Kev’s vessel is one of 27 yachts taking part in the handicapped challenge.

Kev’s credentials will stand him well in his attempt, being a qualified mechanic and avionics technician with around fifteen years experience.

Kev is also a project manager and electronics engineer who has served as an air sea rescue skipper for nine years out of Southport in Queensland.

Kev has participated in the Sydney to Hobart and Trans-Tasman sailing races, and enjoys racing with Port Stephens Yacht Club around the Bay.

His vessel, ‘Roaring Forty’, was designed by Lutra Design and built in Estonia by Akton Yachts.

“I found the yacht in the Netherlands where it was surveyed and after purchasing it I flew over and managed the refit of the yacht which included new rigging, a new engine, new electronics and I am having a new mainsail made now,” Kev Le Poidevin told News Of The Area.

Kev is sailing with a goal to raise awareness and funds for the Brain Tumour Alliance Australia (BTAA) and Soldier On.

He has received some sponsorship from Zhik Australia and other businesses have assisted with products.

The boat is already in Spain at the starting port, and Kev aims to complete the circumnavigation in 150 days, a target he believes is very possible.

Kev believes the biggest risk is attack by orcas off the coast of Spain and he will be using pingers to tow off the back of the boat to lure the protected animals away from his vessel.

Kev’s voyage can be viewed on the Global Solo Challenge website.


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