Great night out if you are around! Gregor McGuckin is certainly making waves ! #GGR2018 ...
On March 15th, Gregor McGuckin will be talking at the DMYC about his entry in the Golden Globe race. He'll be embarking on this race in June of this year, and the journey will take about 9 months, and cover over 55,000 km as he sails around the world. Gregor is the only Irish entrant in the 2018 Golden Globe; a retro sailing race that shuns modern technology. There is no GPS, no satellite communicate, no water markers, and no stops.
All are welcome.
The 2018 Golden Globe race will now start from Les Sables d’Olonne, France on July 1 and take the fleet around the five great Capes in the Southern Ocean.
Robin Knox-Johnston waving aboard
Circa 22nd April 1969: Robin Knox-Johnston waving aboard his 32ft yacht SUHAILI off Falmouth, England after becoming the first man to sail solo non-stop around the globe. Knox-Johnston was the sole finisher in the Sunday Times Golden Globe solo round the world race, having set out from Falmouth, England on 14th June 1968 aboard his tiny 32ft ketch Suhaili. It was a time when the Flat Earth Society was still in existence, and even seasoned yachtsman thought it to be an impossible feat. For everyone else it was; Robin was the sole finisher among 9 starters to complete this 30,000 mile supreme endurance race, organised by the Sunday Times newspaper.
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Original sign and logo advertising
Circa 1968. the original sign and logo advertising the 1968/9 Sunday Times Round the World Race. The race was won by Robin Knox-Johnston with his 32ft ketch rigged yacht SUHAILI with a time of 312 days. Knox-Johnston was the sole finisher in the race and the first to sail solo non-stop around the world.
***Historic. Circa 1969: Robin Knox-Johnston, the first man to sail solo non-stop around the world aboard his 32ft ketch SUHAILI. Knox-Johnston returned on 22nd of April 1969 completing the 30,123 mile voyage in 313 days, averaging 4.04 knots.
***Historic. Circa 1969: Robin Knox-Johnston, the first man to sail solo non-stop around the World, aboard his 32ft 5in yacht SUHAILI. Pictured here celebrating with a pint of beer after returning to Falmouth, England on 22nd April 1969, completing the 30,123 mile voyage in 312 days – an average of 4.02knots