The Napoleon Solo, a 21.3-foot sloop he designed and built himself, was meant to take Steven Callahan on a one-man journey through the seven seas. He sailed the boat single-handedly to Bermuda and then continued the voyage to England with his friend Chris Latchem. Once he left Cornwall, England, he decided to take part in a sailing race.
The Mini Transat 6.50 single-handed race, sent a number of vessels sailing from Penzance, England to Antigua. Unfortunately, bad weather had decided to follow the racers and sank several boats. With little alternatives, Steven dropped out in La Coruña, Spain, made repairs, and continued sailing through Spain and Portugal, and eventually to the Canary Islands…