Our date with UK Entry Guy Waites this Tuesday at 1200 GMT. It will be very interesting! Don't miss out 😉 crazy questions and true...ask your Questions in the Comments live at the time and we will answer them....Share to your friends... ... See MoreSee Less
This is NOT a short read. It makes Jane and me feel very proud to be part of a growing family. The Golden Globe since 1968 has touched and inspired many, including me. #GGR2018 was amazing. #GGR2022 is already full of colour and charactures and sure to be another voyage of inspiration. Captain Marky Warren is already part of that family. You may enjoy this. I did. #GGR2026 is just around the corner. " IT'S ALL ABOUT THE STORIES!"....:) ..see you soon Marky!!!! ....Don McIntyreOn this day, 24 May 1941, the pride of the Royal Navy, the HMS Hood was sunk in the Denmark Strait by Germany’s answer to the war at sea during WW2, The Bismarck. 1415 men lost their lives and were considered lost at sea that day, my great grandfather, Dennis Broadhurst, being one of them. However in that swiping moment, The Bismarck itself had sealed its fate. Let’s just say, you don’t sink the mighty Hood and not expect a massive retaliation. Just days later, following an intense hunt and chase by the Royal Navy to hunt down the Bismarck, it itself was sunk to its final resting place in the depths of the North Atlantic Ocean.
However a few years ago, an expedition was launched to locate and explore the wreck of HMS Hood, and to the expeditions surprise, they stumbled upon the ships bell. A decision was made and executed to bring the bell to the surface.
Whilst I was visiting the U.K. in December 2018, a great opportunity arose. Following a discussion with the National Museum of the Royal Navy in Portsmouth. As a descendent of the crew, I was given the opportunity to have a private viewing of the bell as it’s exhibition had since closed but can now be viewed in a protective glass casing. Words cannot merely express what an extraordinary moment it was, to stand before the bell, to see it, to feel it and feel a great sense of connection knowing that my great grandfather would have seen and heard this very bell all those years ago in the lead up to that fateful day. A truly incredible experience which I would like to extend a very heartfelt thank you to Natalie Fordham and the National Museum of the Royal Navy for the unbelievable opportunity.
As some of you may be aware from previous posts. I come from a long tradition and generations of seamanship, on the opposite side of the family, my great great grandfather was lost on the Titanic. My great grandfather and grandfather fought in the South African Navy, my late uncle (who I bought my first boat Roamer from) aswell as my other uncle and my father worked in the merchant navy. On my mothers side my grandfather and his family were sailors.
I guess it comes as no surprise that destiny would eventually lead me to sailing across the oceans and the seas. Even though for a long time it didn’t seem it would ever go that way. But a wise salty sailor once told me in my introductory days of sailing... “You cannot escape destiny, she will find you...”.
A large part of everything I do regarding sailing is to make those generations before me proud in what I achieve with it, since it seems I was genetically born to do it. It surprises me at times at how well I’ve progressed through it, how comfortable I feel with it. On many occasions I’ve wondered how things come so naturally to me, I actually asked myself in a few instances, how do I know that? or how did I know how to do that? It’s like I’ve done it all before, but I guess it’s safe to say that sailing is in my blood and it is something I was clearly born to do given my insistent passion and love for it. But in terms of making those I mentioned proud, I may not be the first sailor in the family, but I’m certainly aspiring to be the first singlehanded non stop circumnavigator in the family. I’m counting on the Golden Globe Race in 2026 to help me achieve that. Who knows, I could be the first South African to ever win it! 😎🙌🏻⛵️
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Look what happens in a Pandemic..you eat too much, dream too hard, play in the SHED and plan the next adventure in a Class Globe 5.80 during the Globe 5.80 Transat cause I never did sail in the #GGR2018 :) I will lose the gut across the Atlantic! Promis!!!...woop woop! #GGR2022I spent the morning with Australian adventurer, Don McIntyre, as he regaled stories inside his shed full of a lifetime of adventurous memories. Don's countle... ... See MoreSee Less
Looks like you have some great stories to tell Don. Maybe it’s time for an autobiography?
ahah woop woop ,I am in the same state ,it is time to be serious ,à diete if we want adventure , News: Bravo Doug ! he arrive at Night at old Point yacht club , hip hip Hourra!! Bon appétit Doug Dean et Bravo One and all !
Good on ya Don! Doesn't measure the amount of years in life but the amount of life in those years! Already with enough stories for many a lifetime he still adventures on! So inspiring
Loved the Calypso model, super nice
An ocean passage every few years is my idea of weight loss too. Great stuff don
Many will remember Aïda Valceanu during the #GGR2018 our Volunteer French english commentator. She has written a cool book about her personal experiences traveling with the race and impressions on some parts and people. The hard copy is in FRENCH but an english E-BOOK will be Release July 1st :)youtube.com ... See MoreSee Less
Tapio Lehtinen Sailing will NOT! be LIVE on the 20th around 1000hours GMT..But will be soon! :) Still Isolating..this is great fun! and a very entertaining 60 minutes. The last 40 minutes is all about the Golden Globe..the first 20 minutes is simply classic sailing history :) much of it I and Tapio Lehtinen lived though, starting with my Mirror Dingy..#gg2022:the history of sailing for pleasure in the 60 england ... See MoreSee Less
Welcome home Tapio Lehtinen Sailing one short year ago. What an epic and what an inspiration to so many. Yes there were 18 sailors at the start of the #GGR2018 all impressive individuals and only five finishers. What we all were to discover in the couse of your amazing jouney, was that there is absolutley no one like you. You raised the bar and if there was anyone living the spirit of Moitessier philosophically, it was you!!!...BRAVO and thanks for all you gave! ...we look forward to #gg2022 without Barnacals.. :) ... See MoreSee Less
yes Puffin , but becarefull with One and all ! ahah he can create surprise , with luck for every body , . where is going One and all? new york? he just ahev a depression in the North ouf, great he probably reduce his speed to let it pass maybe , going fast Know
Hi Team, I’m very excited to say that Cassens & Plath GmbH makers of hand crafted nautical instruments, have kindly agreed to support Team HJ and our Golden Globe Race campaign by donating their excellent magnetic compasses and a top of the range sextant to Puffin for the race.
If you remember we sent Puffin’s original binnacle compass back to Istvan, Istvan Kopar Solo Circumnavigator it had a lot of sentimental value for Istvan after guiding him on two circumnavigations and he plans to fit it again to his yacht Salammbo for his next adventure.
I was really pleased to do this, but it did leave Puffin without a steering compass, then following a chance meeting at the Dusseldorf boat show, Christoph from Cassens & Plath GmbH soon came to the rescue, with not just a new compass for the binnacle, but also an Iota model for the skippers bunk and an amazing Horizon Ultra sextant. Beautiful traditional craftsmanship that represents everything the GGR is all about!
More updates on Cassens & Plath to follow just as soon as we get to fit the new compasses on Puffin and use the sextant for some real navigation.
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Hi Don & Jane, I’m still in Brisbane. Hope you’re keeping warm down there 😎
Getting exciting now :) from weds we are allowed. Out of the lock In The U.K.
Morning Don great to start following the next amazing GGR adventure Cheers Peter
Great to have two and a half South Africans (Mike Smith is the half 🤓) in the GGR. No SAfrican has done a non-stop circumnavigation via the 4 great Capes yet.
Morning Don, hope all is well, let’s catch up soon!
Don we can hear it on your device too
Dear Don, could you please speak slower for froggies like me😅. It is nice to hear from you and the GGR😉
It works very well ! Woop woop ! 😊
Delayed double soundtrack...
Don you just need to mute yourself when playing a video clip. Otherwise we hear the sound of the video, *plus* your audio which is slightly delayed. 👍🏽
Must say I really enjoyed your live broadcast! 👏👏👏
I have been neglecting GGR for the past couple of months due to covid lockdown, but very pleased to have seen your update.
Kind regards to you and the rest of the team. Mike
Hi Don and Jane :)
Audio was great, only issue was when playing the video.
Don, Great to see you live again after so long!!
Hello Don and Jane from San Diego, California!
Good morning from Cumbria
Don McIntyre maybe I ll do the next GGR that’s why I appeared inside your GGR skipers ? 😅😅
Wish my boat would qualify for the race. Just a few feet to long
When you introduce or remove someone on screen there is about a 5 second delay, just for info
Cheers to The Rustlers
GREAT to see the Family commnets :) and eveyone back again..thanks from Jane and me..stay healthy eveyone!!
Who is this and why is he here?? WE GO LIVE at 0800hrs GMT today (in 90 mintes) to Update you on all 26 Les Sables d'OlonneR2022 Entrants and chat with Les Sables d'Olonne and a special guest ...see you soon :)...Don ... See MoreSee Less