Captain Donald Lawson, who acquired an ORMA trimaran in April 2022, is preparing for sailing solo and nonstop around the world, with a start date in February 2023 from Honolulu.
Launched in 2004 as Groupama 2, Lawson’s boat earned five ORMA championships under skipper Franck Cammas. America’s Cup challenger Oracle Team USA used the boat as a training platform for the 33rd America’s Cup in 2010, and then under new ownership in 2014, it set the Transpac Race record in 2017 as Mighty Merloe.
Anticipating an elapsed time fewer than 70 days, the 40-year-old from Baltimore seeks to be the First African American to Non-Stop Solo-circumnavigate the World, Fastest American (Rich Wilson 107d), First American on a Multihull Solo, and Fastest Person on a 60-foot boat (Armel le Clech holds it at 73 days from Vendee Globe as the Outright and Monohull for 59ft 11inches and shorter).
Donald Lawson Racing: https://captaindonaldlawson.com/