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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Mindful that the race continues, McGuckin said his thoughts were "very much" with his fellow competitors.

"My incident merely underpins the challenges they face...I would also like to thank Don McIntyre [Golden Globe Race CEO] and his team for their support."

The 2018 Golden Globe Race marks 50 years since Sir Robert Knox Johnson completed the first solo, non-stop circumnavigation. 

Curent race leader, by 1,500 miles and veteran, Jean-Luc Van Den Heede (Fra), is on course to reach Storm Bay Tasmania 6/10.

"All good, had a good week and good winds. Since this is morning I have had 15kt headwinds from the SE so am close hauled, and can't go more south at the moment. No major nor minor probleme. ETA 3-4  days depending on the wind and direction changing soon or not." (1/10/18)

Gregor and his partner Barbara O'Kelly in Perth

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