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116. Homemade Ship to Sail Around the World
Hans Andersen, a life-long fisherman, had a dream.
wanted to sail around the world. And he
it. He got several sponsors who subsidized his
. He bought a beautiful 40-foot yacht, with all
latest technical and safety gear, and had a
voyage. Well, except for almost sinking while going
the tips of South America and Africa.
went so smoothly that, looking back on it,
felt it was too easy. He needed a
challenge. He decided to build his own boat.
that was nothing new. Several people had built
own boats and sailed them around the world.
, he needed a unique boat. Watching TV commercials
day, he got it—ice cream sticks! He would
the first man to sail around the world
a boat built exclusively of ice cream sticks.
put out the word. Within three years, school
from all over Holland had sent Hans 15
ice cream sticks. He used these sticks to
a 45-foot replica of a Viking ship. After
the sticks were glued together, Hans took his
boat out to sea on a one-week voyage. “
’s magnificent, and totally sea-worthy,” he proclaimed.
set sail in early 2008 with a crew
two. He will sail across the Atlantic to
, and then down to Florida and through the
Canal. Then he’ll travel to Los Angeles, Honolulu,
, around the tip of Africa, and back to
. “If this trip succeeds,” he joked, “my next
will be to build a plane out of
cream sticks and fly it around the world!”