The 80-year-old Bulgarian sailor Vasil Kurtev is welcomed home on Wednesday, May, 17, 2017 after sailing around the world alone for two years.
Vasil Kurtev returned to the Black Sea port of Varna to a hero’s welcome as he completed his 652 day journey. A cheering crowd of friends and sailing fans greeted the yacht “Odessos” and its veteran skipper after his lonely 25,000-mile journey, as the orchestra of the Bulgarian Navy performed.
Vasil Kurtev is one of the oldest sailors in the world who has circumvented the globe. On January 22, he turned 80 on board his yacht. It was on August 5, 2015 when Kurtev left port Varna heading towards the Bosporus and then westwards cross the Mediterranean Sea on a two-year trip he initially hoped would be shorter.
The former dentist had already accomplished three Trans-Atlantic solo journeys but given his age this was by far the most challenging.