Plenty of people have solo-circumnavigated the globe heading east. But 77-year old sailor Bill Hatfield from Brisbane wanted to go the hard way: Westward, against the prevailing winds. 

In March, he encountered a storm which capsized his 32-foot yacht at South America’s Cape Horn. Tossed overboard and forced to abandon his record setting attempt, Hatfield barely survived.

And like any good sailor, Hatfield undersells the severity of this near-death experience.

Produced by Justin Bull
Presented by Cassie McCullagh

Guest: Sailor Bill Hatfield

Aired on ABC's Life Matters on April 15, 2016