Shane Acton

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Shane Acton was a sailor, known for circumnavigating the globe in an 18-foot (5.5 m) boat. He first set sail from Britain at the age of 25, in 1972.

Raised in Cambridge, England without any sailing experience he departed in a used 18' 4" bilge-keel sailing boat for which he paid the modest sum of £400. The boat was a 'Caprice', a Robert Tucker design originally named 'Super Shrimp' but referred to by Shane simply as 'Shrimpy'. Later Shane was accompanied for much of the voyage by his girlfriend, a photographer from Switzerland, Iris Derungs. He sailed westabout through the Panama Canal, circling the globe and returning to England as a local celebrity eight years later. The voyage is chronicled in his book Shrimpy: A Record Round-the-World Voyage in an Eighteen Foot Yacht. In 1984 he set off on a second voyage.

He lived his later years near Golfito, Costa Rica, and died of lung cancer on February 25, 2002 at the age of 55 in Cambridge, England.


  • A Speck on the Sea, William H. Longyard. McGraw-Hill, 2003.
  • Cambridge News, "World Trip Record Sailor Dies." Feb 27, 2002.
  • Shrimpy: A Record Round-the-World Voyage in an Eighteen Foot Yacht, Shane Acton. Motorbooks International, 1993.

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