Cole Brauer on the Southern Ocean © Cole Brauer Ocean Racing

She wants to be the first US American woman to sail solo nonstop around the globe

In the Global Solo Challenge, Cole Brauer sailed to second place, the only woman among 16 participants, and has big goals.

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Cole BrauerNew Year's Eve style © Cole Brauer RacingBut Cole Brauer is not sitting in a cool location somewhere, she is sailing the “Global Solo Challenge”, the solo non-stop world circumnavigation regatta for professionals and amateurs. The special thing about this race: All classes can take part, with start dates staggered earlier or later depending on the boat’s speed rating.

Cole Brauer
The First Light, a Class 40 © Cole Brauer Racing
Cole Brauer
Brauer takes care of the refit © Cole Brauer Racing
Cole BrauerHang loose! © Cole Brauer Racing Brauer is the perfect example of how women are in no way inferior to men in regattas, as Annie Lush says. Yet she is anything but a taciturn salty hunchback. Every morning, the 29-year-old greets her audience on her Insta channel with a friendly “Hi guys!” and tells them what’s going on. She now has 350,000 followers who follow her race with great interest.

Broken rib as autopilot disengages

Yep, done! © Cole Brauer Ocean Racing

Her big goal is the Vendée Globe 2028

She was the first woman to win the Bermuda 1 2 © Richard Mardens

Chatting at Point Nemo

Cole Brauer
First Light © Cole Brauer Racing
Cole Brauer
Last Light © Cole Brauer Racing

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