The 60th Anniversary of the First West-to-East Crossing of the North Atlantic in a Catamaran
On September 30, 1959 the 40-foot catamaran Rongo sailed into the Conway River in North Wales after crossing the North Atlantic from New York.
Rongo was the first catamaran to have made this difficult voyage, sailed by the now world famous catamaran designer James Wharram and his two German women companions, Ruth Merseburger and Jutta Schultze-Rohnhoff.
Rongo was designed and built by Wharram in Trinidad in 1957-58 after the three sailors had already crossed the Southern Atlantic in 1956 along the trade wind route from the Canaries to Trinidad in their . . .
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