Istvan Kopar (64)

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Name Istvan Kopar

Born March 8th 1953

Nationality American

Country of entry USA

Istvan Kopar, a Hungarian born American has been a professional sailor and US Coastguard licensed captain for decades, and has logged more than 60,000 nautical miles sailing solo. His proudest accomplishment to date has been to complete a one-stop solo circumnavigation in 1990-1991 without the aid of GPS. He relied on a sextant, manual chart plotting, and weather forecasts broadcast in Morse code. Sailing a 31ft boat that he had built himself, Istvan completed the voyage in record time for the size of his yacht. Istvan also skippered the winning yacht in the 1996/97 Hong Kong Challenge around the world yacht race,. He was among the first finishers in the 1992 America 500-Columbus Transatlantic and won the Kapry’s Trophy for the 1995 Atlantic Rally for Cruisers (ARC). In 2015, he purchased the 1986 built Tradewind 35 Puffin, which he is currently refitting for the GGR.



Istvan Kopar has chosen the Tradewind 35 class yacht Puffin to compete in the GGR. Purchased in 2015, Istvan and his team have stripped the inside and outside of the boat and added more layers of fiberglass to improve her durability. Other modifications include decreasing the size of the cockpit and improving its drainage. adding an a watertight bulkhead inside the bow and and additional freshwater tank, He kept the yacht’s name in honour of her original owner who launched Puffin in 1968.

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