IN 1987
TEDDY SEYMOUR
BECAME THE FIRST
AFRICAN-AMERICAN TO SAIL
AROUND THE WORLD SOLO

He set off from his home port of St. Croix, United States Virgin Islands aboard his 35-foot boat Love Song, travelled with a small pocket of money, and managed to complete his circumnavigation a year and a half later with only 12 stops.

Teddy embraced the journey (before GPS became readily available to civilians) by viewing his trip as an adventurous, challenging, learning experience. Since his return, authoratative sailing organizations and publications, including The Joshua Slocum Society, the Seaman's Church Institute, Sea Magazine, St. Croix Avis, and New York Times, among many others, continue to honor his timeless accomplishment. The Legislature of the Virgin Islands, also, declared a resolution to preserve his contribution to the history of Virgin Islands maritime culture and world sailing.

These days, Teddy lives on his boat in the Caribbean, and has great stories about unsung sailing, and what it was like—as the 1st black man—to solo sail around the planet.

Links within this site:
Home Port

Joshua Sloclum Society
Teddy's '86-'87 Sailing Journal
NYC sailors honor Teddy
Sea Magazine Article
USVI Gov. Declaration
Rename USVI Pier after Teddy?
Bio Note


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