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 M Nixon. McGuckin’s vintage Biscay 36 Hanley Energy Endurance may be lying tenth on the water, but with the power of the fair winds of the Portuguese Trades, McGuckin has clocked a commendable 156-miles in the past 24 hours, ten miles more than fleet leaders Philippe Peche and Mark Slats, and still five miles better than pre-race favourite Jean-Luc Van Den Heede.
The scale of this epic challenge is beginning to become apparent. They’re into Day 9 – more than it takes to finish the Round Ireland Race - yet Hanley Energy Endurance still has 24,141 miles to sail…….
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