Basil has over 60 years of sea experience. The last 6 years encompass long-distance solo sailing, including 3 Jester Challenges and an Atlantic Circuit.
Basil settled in his adopted England in 1964, married, had children, divorced and remarried. It was his second wife who, after retirement and in order to occupy his time, suggested that he bought a boat, as he no longer taught sailing or involved himself with the Boat Show. She subsequently regretted her suggestion, as this started his solo career, which kept him away from home for long periods, sailing long distances in a very small boat, which some might consider far too small for such sailing ventures.
Basil lived his dream and he considers himself privileged to have met a number of similar-minded sailors and lucky to have survived what the elements have thrown at him.
Jester Challenge and Beyond
If you have ever dreamed of sailing a small boat a long distance on a low budget, then this is the book for you. Nor should age be a barrier, as 73-year-old Basil Panakis proves in his exciting voyages with the Jester Challenge, single-handed sailing event. In this up-beat narrative, Basil explains...