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Irish solo sailor Gregor McGuckin
Every Friday morning at 10.00 UTC, Ireland’s solo circumnavigator  Gregor McGuckin calls the Golden Globe Race organisers from his yacht Hanley Energy Endurance to check in. After last weeks call reporting 50+ knot winds and 10m seas, today's call was…
Gregor McGuckin Passes 1 of 3 Capes in Golden Globe Race
Irish solo sailor Gregor McGuckin will be celebrating today onboard his 36ft yacht Hanley Energy Endurance as he passes the Cape of Good Hope on the southernmost tip of Africa. McGuckin now lying in 3rd place is now entering his…
Now dismasted, Wiig (above) plans to set up a jury rig and sail the 400 miles north to Cape Town
Golden Globe Race skipper Are Wiig made a satellite phone call to Race HQ at 16:30 UTC today to report that his 32ft yacht Olleanna had been rolled through 360° and dismasted some 400 miles south west of Cape Town.…
Mast repairs underway on Tom Dolan's Figaro yacht today
Andi Robertson spoke with Ireland's solo sailor Thomas Dolan about his retiral from leg one of La Solitaire URGO Le Figaro. Listen in to the recording below Race Director Francis Le Goff commented this morning from on board the monitoring…
Gregor McGuckin with his vintage Biscay 36 ketch Hanley Energy Endurance at the National Yacht Club in Dun Laoghaire before departing for the start on July 1st at Les Sables d’Olonne of the Golden Globe Race
Ireland’s Gregor McGuckin with the Biscay 36 ketch Hanley Energy Endurance has been piling on the miles today in the Golden Globe non-stop Round the World Race, moving up to third overall with a day’s run of 158 miles, the…
Joan Mulloy got a campaign boost through crowdfunding
Joan Mulloy, a pioneering solo sailor from Clew Bay in County Mayo has reached the target of her ambitious #FirstIrishWoman funding effort four days ahead of schedule. Just two weeks ago, Joan launched a crowdfunding campaign to raise €15,000 before…
Gregor McGuckin (left) and Sir Robin Knox-Johnston ahead of the start of the Golden Globe Race
Tomorrow, Wednesday, 15 August, marks Gregor McGuckin’s 32nd birthday. The solo sailor is now 44 days into what could be a 270 day non-stop voyage around the globe onboard his 36ft yacht Hanley Energy Endurance. McGuckin is currently making his…
Gregor McGuckin’s Hanley Energy Endurance (left) at the start of the Golden Globe Race on 1st July at les Sables d’Olonne. Currently leading the ketch-rigged boats, he is expected to cross the equator today
In Ireland throughout July, interest in sailing has been almost completely absorbed by a multiplicity of events in which major happenings such as the Volvo Round Ireland race, Cork Week and the Beaufort Cup have been only the peaks of…
Ireland’s Gregor McGuckin had today’s best 24-hour run of the 17 boats still racing
Eight days into the Golden Globe Race non-stop solo round the world from Les Sables-d'Olonne, and Ireland’s Gregor McGuckin had today’s best 24-hour run of the 17 boats still racing as they close in on the Canary Islands writes W…
A 25,000 mile solo, non–stop journey lies ahead for Gregor McGuckin after the first four days of the Golden Globe Race
It has been slow going for first days of Golden Globe Race for Ireland's solo sailor, Dubliner Gregor McGuckin who is in ninth place in the 17–boat race with 25,000 miles to sail. The first four days of light, variable…
McGuckin starts the longest single sporting challenge on the planet – a non-stop sailing circumnavigation on a 36ft yacht
Sunday 1 July, at 12:00 local time in Les Sables d’Olonne France, Irishman Gregor McGuckin crossed the starting line of the Golden Globe Race onboard his very ordinary looking 33-year-old yacht, Hanley Energy Endurance. All going to plan, Gregor will…
Joan Mulloy has qualified for the Route du Rhum Race
On a sunny Monday morning, Mayo sailor, Joan Mulloy sailed up a calm Galway Bay after completing a 1,300 nautical mile solo trip on Team Ireland’s IMOCA 60. She departed Portimao, Portugal and headed out into the Atlantic in order…
The brand new Mach 40 'Corum' is going Round Ireland
Ireland's varied sailing waters are proving a popular testing ground for the international Class 40 fleet and a burgeoning Irish Mini class too. Further evidence of this is in next Saturday's Round Ireland Race fleet where a top French double-handed…
RNLI Coxswain Kevin Young (right) with the solo skipper Rees Hopkins
The Courtmacsherry RNLI All Weather Lifeboat was called out at 5.20 pm yesterday to go to the aid of a solo sailor in a 31–ft yacht that had got into difficulties 40 miles off the Seven Heads in West Cork.…
Gregor McGuckin departs Ireland for his race around the world
In the space of just a week, both President Michael D Higgins and Taoiseach Leo Varadkar have given their support to Dublin sailor Gregor McGuckin ahead of his solo non-stop sailing lap of the planet as part of the Golden…
GGR skippers congregate in Les Sables d'Olonne. Back row left to right: Loic Lepage (FRA) Uku Randmaa (EST), Tapio Lehtinen (FIN) Don McIntyre - Race Founder, Abhilash Tomy (Ind) LSDO sport) Are Wiig (NOR) Jean Paul Dubreuil (Vice President LSDO) Agglomeration Yannick Moreau (President LSDO Agglomeration; Mark Sinclair (AUS) Ertan Beskardes (GBR) Mark Slats (NED) Igor Zarertsjiy (RUS) Susie Goodall (GBR)  Front row: Philippe Peche (FRA), Kevin Farebrother (AUS) Gregor McGuckin (IRE) Antoine Cousot (FRA) Jane Zhou (GGR organiser) Istvan Kopar (USA) Nabil Amra (PAL) Celine Trommenschlager (GGR organiser).  Photos: Christophe Favreau
Dubliner Greg McGuckin, who will set sail around the world on July 1 has finished ninth in his Golden Globe fleet of 27 in the race to the round the world French startline. The Golden Globe Race village in Les Sables…

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