18th October

McGuckin's 'inspirational' action in Golden Globe race

The 'selfless' action of Gregor McGuckin to reach a seriously injured competitor by a jury rigged boat, has been described as a "remarkable display of seamanship, courage and fortitude" by Damien O'Brien, Hanley Energy, sponsors of McGuckin's 11m Biscay 36.

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His attempt at being the first Irish sailor to complete the solo, non-stop, world circumnavigation without modern technology came to a crashing end when he was dismasted and rolled in mountainous seas in the Southern Ocean. At the time he was lying comfortably in third position until the might of ocean had another plan.

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Controlled evacuation of Irish and Indian Golden Globe competitors

Golden Globe race competitors Gregor McGuckin (Irl) and Abhilash Tomy (In) have been picked up by a French fisheries patrol vessel Osiris, following total knockdown in mountainous seas in the Southern Ocean.

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McGuikin, who lost his mizen and main masts in two events, built a jury rig to hand steer his yacht Hanley Energy Endurance to Tomy who suffered a serious back injury in the violent storm that hit the Southern Ocean.

Tomy (39), a Commander in the Indian Navy had been confined to his bunk, unable to move since his yacht was rolled 360° and dismasted in the storm. 

'Tomy is conscious, talking and onboard Orisis, Australian and Indian long range P8 Orion reconnaissance aircraft circling overhead.' 05:30 UTC Osiris

Within four days, McGuikin had sailed to within 30 miles of Tomy before Osiris reached the scene.

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Irish rookies in La Solitaire Urgo Le Figaro

Irish solo sailors Joan Mulloy and Tom Dolan will be on the start line (26/9) at Le Harve for a highly competitive race through the English Channel and criss-crossing the Bay of Biscay known for its rough seas and violent storms  emanating from the Atlantic Ocean. 

Sailing Joan Mulloy and Tom Dolan

La Solitaire Urgo Le Figaro is a one-design, without assistance timed race of circa 1700nm competed over four legs and finishing at Saint Gilles Croix de Vie, racing 24 hours-per-day on 33ft yachts normally with a crew of eight.

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First milestone crossed in Golden Globe Race

On July 31, Gregor McGuckin crossed the symbolic line of the equator in undramatic fashion. His chosen route, west of the fleet as they head towards South Africa, is paying dividends and sees Hanley Energy Endurance currently in 7th place in a solo, non-stop circumnavigation of the globe.

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Aug 1: Hanley Energy Endurance lying 7th

The race route is east-about, starting and finishing in Les Sables-d’Olonne, France. Eighteen sailors from 13 countries crossed the starting line on July 1 in a 30,000-mile, 8-9-month race that will take the fleet southwards down the Atlantic, through the Indian and Pacific oceans, around Cape Horn and northwards through the Atlantic back to France.

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Non-stop around the globe with just a sextant to guide him

When Gregor McGuckin slipped his lines from the pontoon at Dun Laoghaire's National Yacht Club and sailed quietly through Dalkey Sound, bound for Les Sables D’Olonne on France’s Atlantic coast, his hope was not to see dry land again after July 1 — for about nine months. The young Dubliner faces a challenge of huge proportions, both physical and mental: a solo, non-stop voyage around the planet in the Vendee Golden Globe Race.

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 Gregor has a 'glass half-full attitude' not only thanks to Glendalough Distillery who presented him with a small barrel of 7-year-old single malt whiskey that is bolted to the foredeck, but in his approach to what lies ahead. With just fourteen days solo sailing experience in his wake, his mental preparation has been to ensure the boat is completely ready “and that helps my confidence,” he said.

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