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J. Laurent Giles


John Guzzwell


Departing on 10 September 1955, John Guzzwell sailed Trekka to the Hawaiian Islands via San Francisco. From there his route was southward to the South Pacific Islands with New Zealand as the planned destination. She eventually passed the stormy Cape of Good Hope to enter the Atlantic Ocean and, in time, the Pacific Ocean again by way of the Panama Canal.

Trekka completed her epic voyage when she returned to Victoria on 12 September 1959. She was the smallest vessel to have circumnavigated the globe. A few months later John Guzzwell sailed her to Hawaii where she was sold. Later she changed hands again and completed a second circumnavigation with her new owners, the Cains. Sold again to Eric Abranovich of Honolulu, who owned her for five and a half years.

In the spring of 1980, members of the Thermopylae Club of Victoria commenced a fund-raising drive to bring Trekka home for good. Eric Abranovich set out alone from Honolulu on August 10th and after an eventful voyage of more than 3,500 miles and about 50 days, he brought the tiny vessel into Victoria Harbour to be greeted by hundreds of well-wishers including John Guzzwell, her builder and original master.

Trekka in the Inner Harbour
John Guzzwell aboard Trekka
Marian Cain, second owner of Trekka, on board

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