About The skipper
Where does your passion for sailing come from?
I was born in a town which is not on the sea, in Bulgaria but my father often brought me with him on business trips and to a yacht club where my first experience was with an optimist. I was just 7 years old when I fell in love with the sea, it is then that I started feeling a special bond that has been with me my entire life.
What are the lessons you learnt from sailing?
The lesson I learnt is that we must respect the sea.
What brought you to like single-handed sailing?
Sometimes our own company is the best company we can desire.
What prompted you to sign up for this event?
I’ve always dreamed of sailing around the world, since I was a 7 years old child. I’ve never been shy to admit to it and I have already attempted once but the project was not right and I didn’t succeed. However the desire is undiminished. When I saw this event I knew it was a second opportunity to achieve my lifelong dream.
How do you plan to prepare for this event?
As soon as I will get a boat I intend to start living on the boat and sailing on her as much as possible, moving from port to port and encountering all sorts of weather conditions whilst getting to know the boat as well as I can.
What do you think will be the biggest challenge?
Although I don’t have a racing background I think the pressure of the competition will be very strong on me as when I do something I want to also be the best at it, so I am sure this will add pressure on me.
Tell us about your boat or the boat you would like to have?
I don’t want a boat that is too big, it has to be manageable and has to be a boat that is capable of this event from the outset, from when it was designed. I might need to reinforce it but I want the original designer to have imagined a boat capable of this navigation. The boat must offer sufficient comfort for the intended navigation as there is no need to add misery to the enormous challenge. I have already experienced in my first attempt the mistakes of modifying a boat for a use that was not the one originally intended, it doesn’t work, and I learnt the importance of having decent living arrangements for long distance.
Do you intend to link this personal challenge with a social message?
During my first round the world solo attempt I was ambassador for “Save the Planet” and I will be their ambassador again. We only have this planet and we have to preserve it.
Sailing Milestones and Palmares
Aside my round the world attempt on a 5.5m boat which I had to abandon on technical difficulties I remember fondly a navigation from Madagascar to Bali.
About The Boat
Ivan Dimov’s Three Capes – Video of the presentation of Ivan’s first round-the-world attempt on a 5.50m boat he adapted himself, unfortunately he had to abandon following technical difficulties.