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Turning back

It is indeed a very unfortunate situation and the last 24 hours have been filled with disappointments as I had to make a U-turn 😞 but I

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Safety over Ambition

The second night at sea was already quite intense. Skipper Norbert Sedlacek Koch had to tack against 40 knots of wind through a rocky sea.

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The aim of the AAL project is to sail around the world including Arctic and Antarctic Ocean single handed, nonstop and without assistance. The record attempt started on 15th August 2022 from Les Sables d’Olonne (FRA) heading west of the British Islands and then north to Svalbard which will be rounded in the north up to 80°N.

Then, this record attempt will continue south, across the whole Atlantic Ocean to finally rounding Antarctica in the Southern Ocean. After passing Cape Horn the course is again north to reach the start and finish line at Les Sables d’Olonne.


The IY Open60AAL is not only a prototype which will test the long-lasting quality, performance and safety of the Innovation Yachts building concept!

Much more this yacht represents the strongest and safest Open60 ever built. A complete hull in hull system with 73 watertight compartments, massif monolithic areas and many other technical details are designed to help the yacht to get successful through 6 months of navigation in the most dangerous oceans of our planet.


Any man or women who chooses to take on a challenge such as the ANT ARCTIC LAB not only has to be a highly skilled sailor. They must also be a proficient repairman and craftsman, weather expert and self-motivator, who is prepared to pit their skills up against a most unforgiving bedfellow – nature.

With Norbert’s highly experienced hands at helm, the ANT ARCTIC LAB yacht IY Open60AAL INNOVATION YACHTS couldn’t be better placed for success.