Robin Davie (70)

United Kingdom



Name Robin Davie

Born November 2nd 1951

Nationality British

Country of entry United Kingdom

Race GGR 2022

Boat Class Suhaili

From Falmouth Cornwall UK

Robin Davie is the master of three previous Solo circumnavigations that have included dismasting’s and the loss of a rudder! He was an entrant in the 2018 GGR (see previous RETIRED* profile) but was beaten by time to make the start. Finding and refitting his Rustler 36 simply took too long. He was the last entrant to withdraw before the start. Now it is a different story. His boat is looking good and he is more fired up than ever before with more solo transatlantic training planned leading to the start of the GGR. Robin, being a young man, is hoping to repeat or better JL VDH’s performance, but he would never tell you that.


Boat [Suhaili]


Name C’est La Vie
Type Rustler 36 Masthead sloop
Designer Holman & Pye
Builder Rustler Yachts (UK)
LOA 35.33ft / 10.77m
LWL 26.92ft / 8.21m
Beam 11.00ft / 3.35m
Draft 5.50ft / 1.67m
Displacement 16805 lbs / 7623 kgs
Sail area 693sq. ft / 64.38sq. m

Robin Davie bought his Rustler 36 in Benfleet, Essex and sailed west to Falmouth to refit himself close to Rustler Yacht’s yard where she was built for home completion. “Nothing was ever quite finished, and the more I looked, the more I found needed working on or replacing” he says. Davie has re-glassed the hull and deck joint, extended the chain plates, replaced the mast step and constructed a solid doghouse to protect the cockpit area. He planned to re-launch her in March and cross the English Channel to Les Sables d’Olonne to fit a new mast taken from Jean-Luc Van Den Heede’s rival Rustler 36 Matmut then devote the last three months before the start to completing sea trials.

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