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Catch Up With Golden Globe Race Solo Sailor Gregor McGuckin

12th February 2021
Golden Globe Irish racer Gregor McGuckin in rough conditions in the Southern Ocean before his dismasting
Golden Globe racer Gregor McGuckin in rough conditions in the Southern Ocean before his dismasting

Two and a half years after Dublin solo sailor Gregor McGuckin returned from the Golden Globe Race, the strong public interest in Gregor's story led me to Malahide Marina Boatyard in County Dublin for this week's podcast.

As regular Afloat readers will know, McGuckin was in the middle of the 2018 Golden Globe Race when he was dismasted in the Indian Ocean while in third place and then, with a jury rig, went to the aid of another sailor whose yacht had also been badly damaged and who had suffered serious injury.

Irish Golden Globe Race entrant Gregor McGuckinBeing dismasted during a shattering 360 degree roll in the tumultuous Southern Indian Ocean in the roughest part of the Golden Jubilee Golden Globe Race would have created an extreme survival situation for most sailors. But after it happened to Gregor McGuckin with his vintage Biscay 36 ketch Hanley Energy Endurance, he soon heard that, 90 miles away, rival skipper Abilash Tomy was in an even worse situation, dismasted and incapacitated by injury.

His courage was an inspiration, Dublin singer and songwriter Dan Fitzpatrick said, for the 20-minute musical voyage around five oceans which he has composed and about which we've already told you on Afloat.

Catch up with what Gregor's doing now in the podcast below.

Tom MacSweeney

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Tom MacSweeney writes a weekly column for Afloat.ie. He also presents the radio programme Maritime Ireland on radio stations around Ireland.

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