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Jean-Luc Van Den Heede
On Nov.6th at 0200hrs French solo yachtsman Jean-Luc Van Den Heede, the current Golden Globe Race leader, rang GGR organisers to advise that his yacht Matmut had sustained mast damage, that all was OK, and that he intended to sail…
Jean-Luc Van Den Heede
At 1500hrs UTC 5th NOV. Golden Globe Race leader Jean-Luc Van Den Heede called GGR Founder Don McIntyre to advise that his Rustler 36 Matmut had been knocked down badly to about 150° which had damaged the connecting bolt attachment…
Paul Meilhat on SMA leads a group of IMOCAs shortly after the start
The 11th edition and 40th-anniversary staging of the Route du Rhum-Destination Guadeloupe solo transatlantic race got underway in spectacular style today off the Brittany port of Saint Malo, as a record entry of 123 skippers set sail for Guadeloupe. Conditions…
The 44-year-old British skipper in Hugo Boss is not tipped by French experts
Alex Thomson will start the Route du Rhum-Destination Guadeloupe solo transatlantic race on Sunday 4th November armed with what, in Hugo Boss, he considers to be the fastest, best-optimised IMOCA 60 in the race's record-sized fleet of 20 boats. He…
The tracker showing the location of the abandoned yachts in the Indian Ocean
As Afloat.ie reported five days ago, Gregor McGuckin's Round the World Yacht is still drifting a month after evacuation in the Golden Globe Race. The Dubliner's yacht is not the only Golden Globe boat left adrift, and here's an update on…
The latest tracking information suggests that Gregor McGuckin's yacht is drifting at a rate of about 1 knot in an ENE direction
It's just over a month since Gregor McGuckin was forced to 'evacuate' his dismasted Biscay 36, 'Hanley Energy Endurance', and so ending his solo attempt at a non-stop circumnavigation in the Golden Globe Race. As Afloat.ie readers know, McGuckin is…
Lepage, in the cockpit of his yacht Laaland preparing for his evacuation to the Japanese bulk carrier Shiosai. See video below
French solo yachtsman Loïc Lepage was successfully transferred from his dismasted yacht Laaland by the Japanese bulk carrier Shiosai at 00:53 UTC Monday. The rescue, which took place in the South Indian Ocean some 670 miles SW of Perth Western…
Loïc Lepage - highly experienced with three solo transatlantic crossings under his belt before the Golden Globe Race
At 18:30 UTC, French solo yachtsman set off the Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB) on his yacht Laaland after being dismasted earlier in the day some 600 miles SW of Perth Western Australia on day 111 of the Golden…
Irish sailor Gregor McGuckin with his father Randal McGuckin and his mother Lynne McGuckin in Dublin Airport
Heroic Irish solo sailor Gregor McGuckin arrived back in Dublin today to a rapturous welcome in Dublin Airport from his family, friends and members of the sailing community. It is Gregor’s first time on Irish soil since embarking on his…
Nicolas Troussel sailing his Class 40 Corum in the 2018 Round Ireland race off Wicklow in July. No single ocean race has seen so many entries in one class as next month's Route du Rhum Class 40 fleet in which Troussel's Corum is a front-runner
The largest fleet in the Route du Rhum 2018 – the solo transatlantic race that starts from St Malo on November 4th – is the Class 40 monohull division with 53 sailors taking part that includes Nicolas Troussel, the French entrant…
County Mayo's Joan Mulloy arrives at the Royal Irish Yacht Club in Dun Laoghaire
Figaro Sailor Joan Mulloy from County Mayo sailed into the Royal Irish Yacht Club at Dun Laoghaire today fresh from her exploits in France where she became the first Irish woman to complete the famous French Solo Race. It looks as…
73-year-old French Race leader Jean-Luc Van Den Heede
At 08:00 UTC Friday, (18:00 local time) French Golden Globe Race leader Jean-Luc Van Den Heede was 40 miles from the film gate at Hobart, Tasmania, his Rustler 36 Matmut making 3.7knots. the 73-year old skipper is expected to sail…
Joan Mulloy on her Figaro yacht
Joan Mulloy will be at Mayo Sailing Club Friday, the 5th October at 7 pm to give a presentation about her recent experience in the single-handed endurance Solitaire du Figaro race, her other sailing and her ambition to go all…
Gregor McGuckin
The Australian frigate HMAS Ballarat will be within helicopter range of Ile de Amsterdam at first light tomorrow (Thursday) and will commence operations to pick up Gregor McGuckin, one of two Golden Globe Race skippers dismasted during a fierce storm…
Dubliner Gregor McGuckin at the helm of his Golden Globe yacht under jury rig yesterday. McGuckin has since been evacuated from the yacht, some 1,900 miles off the coast of Australia and has been taken to the remote 'Amsterdam island' for medical assessment
Golden Globe race competitors Gregor McGuckin and Abhilash Tomy who abandoned their yachts yesterday are reported as "well" and have been taken by their international rescue team to a remote island in the Southern Indian Ocean for medical assessment. 'They will…
Gregor McGuckin is safe and in the hands of the French Navy. His condition is reported as good with nothing more than 'bumps and bruises'
Team Ireland, the organisation behind Gregor McGuckin's Golden Globe entry has issued a statement to confirm Gregor McGuckin and fellow competitor Abhilash Tomy are now onboard the French fisheries patrol vessel Osiris. The vessel initially rescued Indian sailor Abhilash Tomy…

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