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Gregor McGuckin's Southern Ocean Rescue Bid Recognised By Cruising Club of America

11th March 2020
CCA Commodore Bob Medland (left) and Gregor McGuckin CCA Commodore Bob Medland (left) and Gregor McGuckin Photo: Harriet Lewis Pallette

The outstanding achievement of Irish solo sailor Gregor McGuckin in the Golden Globe round the world race was recognised in New York last Friday with a presentation by the Cruising Club of America.

As Afloat reported earlier, McGuckin received his award for the attempted Southern Ocean rescue of a fellow Golden Globe Race competitor after himself being dismasted and erecting a jury rig. At the presentation, he said how great it was to be surrounded by so many people united by a love of sailing and appreciation and respect for the oceans and weather.

McGuckin referenced the “unwritten understanding that when one of us gets into difficulty, we know there is a whole group of people who will have our back out there.” He played down his efforts, simply saying, “I just happened to be in this situation and have no doubt that anyone else in my situation would have done the exact same thing."

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