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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."
Ocean sailor Gregor McGuckin, of Dublin, has been named a winner of one of the Cruising Club of America’s top awards.
McGuckin, age 32, is winner of the Rod Stephens Seamanship Trophy for extraordinary efforts to aid a competitor in the 2018 Golden Globe Race.
The award follows Afloat's own 2018 salute to the solo sailor for his selfless heroics.
The award, along with several other CCA awards will be presented on March 6 at the club’s Annual Awards Dinner at New York Yacht Club.
The Cruising Club of America awards the Rod Stephens Seamanship trophy to Gregor McGuckin of Ireland, for his attempted rescue of a fellow competitor, Abhilash Tomy, in the 2018-2019 Golden Globe Race. Ninety miles apart, McGuckin and Tomy were both dismasted in the same hurricane-force storm in the Southern Ocean, and Tomy was seriously injured. McGuckin jury-rigged his boat and sailed to within 25 miles of Tomy to help. Although a French fisheries vessel, FPV Osiris, was able to reach Tomy first, McGuckin’s seamanship and courage were of the highest order.
His shore team spokesman, Neil O'Hagan, described the effort: “In an incredible show of seamanship, the 32-year-old Irishman managed to build a jury rig and hand steer his yacht Hanley Energy Endurance for the past four days to within 30 miles of his fellow competitor in order to be on-site to assist with the rescue if required. McGuckin did not declare an emergency for his own situation, despite being rolled over and losing his mast. However, given the extremely remote location and the condition of his yacht, it was deemed the appropriate course of action to abandon his yacht under a controlled evacuation scenario as the opportunity arose. This considered move helped ensure that if his own situation deteriorated during any attempt to reach land in the coming weeks, a second rescue mission would not be required.”
It is the second such award the Cruising Club of America has awarded to an Irish sailor. The 2014 Rod Stephens Trophy for Outstanding Seamanship went to Sean McCarter, skipper of the Clipper 2013-14 Round the World Yacht Race Northern Irish entry Derry-Londonderry-Doire. The award was in recognition of the way he directed his crew during a dramatic man overboard rescue in the harsh northern Pacific Ocean in March 2013.
Last month McGuckin talked Poolbeg Yacht & Boat Club members through the eventful solo offshore race that became even more so when both he and fellow competitor Abhilash Tony were caught up in a violent Southern Ocean storm.
Both vessels were rolled and lost their masts, and Tomy was left seriously injured in his boat.
As rescuers made their way to Tomy’s position, McGuckin abandoned his race to join in the effort — no mean feat with a jury-rigged mast and a boat using 1960s-era technology.
From 8pm this Thursday evening, Howth Yacht Club members (non-members are also welcome) will hear the whole story from McGuckin himself, from the rescue drama to the fate of McGuckin’s own abandoned yacht.
An American philanthropist with a taste for Irish whiskey has stepped in to support the salvage operation to recover Gregor McGuckin’s yacht Hanley Energy Endurance drifting some 1,200 miles west of Perth, Australia.
Speaking from Fremantle overnight, American tug boat skipper Cody Cordwainer, who is leading the salvage operation said: “Its taking longer than expected. The 60ft sloop we had planned to use has structural problems that are too expensive to repair, so we are back to square one looking for a suitable ocean-going boat.
The good news is that an American philanthropist has donated a large chunk of the salvage costs in exchange for the barrel of Glendalough 7-year-old 777 single malt whiskey still onboard and the Distillery has agreed to this.
We have made a lot of contacts here and are looking at two avenues: Finding someone with an ocean-going boat having trouble meeting their monthly slip payments who could use the extra cash, or someone with a boat that they want to make ocean-going, and we can do that for them.
I’m certain this is going to happen. We are going to make it happen and I’m not going home until we do.”
Gregor McGuckin's Yellow Brick tracker onboard his abandoned Hanley Endurance Golden Globe yacht is running in stealth mode to stop others from trying to salvage the boat according to Race Headquarters. While McGuckin has returned safely to Ireland a salvage bid by American Cody Cordwainer is underway in Australia and in the latest update, Cordwainer explains that The "official" Whiskey Rescue is still in need of a salvage boat.
General Salvage Update, 13th February 2019
To All Interested Persons:
Many people and parties have been inquiring as to the current status of the WHISKEY RESCUE salvage project and I apologize for being remiss in our postings.
I arrived of course in Australia on the 16th January and have since then been walking the docks and frequenting the yacht clubs making one connection after another. About two weeks ago we finally found what we thought would be our salvage boat, a 60’ motor-sailer with a 185 HP Diesel Engine. Its owner was an experienced inshore skipper with an adventurous attitude, just the man to work with us on the salvage. Since then we have taken the boat sailing many times, learning the boat and how well we work together as crew. All seemed well until yesterday when I was giving the boat a closer inspection and I crawled into the chain locker. Daylight was visible around the cathead and chain plate and the forestay was pulling out of the deck, delaminating the fiberglass as it went.
Expected costs of readying the vessel for the voyage and fuel, food, etc were expected to total around $25,000 but the repair of such a major structural issue would increase the expenditures by approximately an additional $15,000. So while the motor-sailer will remain a backup option, the search is on once again for a salvage vessel. A strong steel-hulled ketch was volunteered but at the last minute the skipper backed out.
Today we are back on the docks hunting a boat!
It is true that finding a boat for the project is taking longer than originally hoped, but we’ll keep going until the job is done. A famous Carthaginian General once said, “Aut inveniam viam aut faciam.” I shall either find a way or make one. He later proceeded to cross the Alps with around 20,000 troops and many war elephants. If Hannibal could achieve that, we’ll achieve this.
Many thanks to everyone who has donated to help Gregor get his boat back! You haven’t been forgotten and you will be entered into the drawing for the whiskey bottle when this is all water under the keel! Please feel free to reach out with any questions.
Lead Salvor, The Whiskey Rescue
#lectures - A Glenua talk by Gregor McGuckin entitled: “Gregor’s Golden Globe Race 2018” Thursday 21 February at (20:00hrs) will take place at the Poolbeg Yacht & Boat Club, Ringsend, Dublin 4.
There will be an entry fee of €5 in aid of the RNLI.
In 2018 July, 50 years on from the original Golden Globe legendary race, Gregor McGuckin,set off as one of 18 competitors. In 1968, the sole finisher out of nine entries was Sir RobinKnox -Johnston. Gregor and his fellow competitors were attempting to replicate this race by sailing alone, non-stop around the world, only using technology from the 1960's. This means no GPS, satellite communications, water-makers and modern light-weight materials.
On September 21, after 86 days at sea, in the depths of winter in the Southern Ocean, he and a fellow competitor, Abhilash Tomy, were caught in a ferocious storm. This led to both of them losing their masts after their boats were rolled upside down. According to Gregor: “The whole boat got thrown sideways, everything went dark and I was lying on the roof and stuff lying everywhere”. Undaunted, he put together a jury rig and set out to rescue the badly injured Tomy.
In his illustrated presentation, Gregor will tell the story of the race up to that point and the dramatic multi-national rescue that was to follow.
As previously reported by Afloat.ie last week, plans are moving forward to salvage Irish Golden Globe Race skipper Gregor McGuckin’s yacht Hanley Energy Endurance. Cody Cordwainer, a tugboat captain operating out of Brooklyn Navy Yard is set to arrive in Perth, W.Australia on January 16 and charter a fishing boat to take him and his crew to collect the yacht, now some 1,100 miles to the west of Fremantle.
Cody is posting all news on Facebook here.
Golden Globe Race Organisers are reporting that Irish skipper Gregor McGuckin has accepted an offer from American Cody Cordwainer, a tugboat captain operating out of Brooklyn Navy Yard, to salvage his yacht currently 1,100 miles west of Fremantle Western Australia.
In a plea for support for the salvage bid, Cordwainer has posted on social media: “We'll make no profit on this enterprise. The distillery has offered €1000 in return for its whiskey, but that will not even begin to cover all the expenses. We'll need help to make this happen. Funding, of course, is great but we also need contacts in Perth Australia. We'll need a vessel to rescue his boat, and a place to put it once rescued..."
As previously reported by Afloat.ie, McGuckin two groups have expressed interest in salvaging the yacht currently drifting West of Fremantle.
The main attraction it seems is the barrel of Glendalough 7-year-old 777 single malt Irish whiskey onboard.
Since solo sailor Gregor McGuckin of Dublin was plucked off his boat Hanley Endurance in the Indian Ocean in the Golden Globe round the world race, the dismasted 36-footer has drifted approx 580 miles in an ENE direction and is now due west of Cape Leeuwin.
Golden Globe Race retiree Gregor McGuckin is not the only person keen to recover his boat still drifting in the South Indian Ocean some three months after his evacuation.
As David O'Brien reports in today's Irish Times Sailing Column, there is a Christmas race on to recover McGuckin’s ‘Hanley Endurance’ now 1000-miles off the Australian coast.
Read much more in the Irish Times here
Hello and welcome to my weekly Podcast …. Tom MacSweeney here ….
The Christmas and New Year festive period is a time for memories – or so it is traditionally said – and there are a few which were brought to my mind from what I have been hearing “over the Christmas….” as that beloved description goes.
Gregor McGuckin’s abandoned yacht still afloat and nearing Australia with a cargo of Irish whiskey aboard, which story has been exciting some attention since the Golden Globe Race organisers announced salvage interest in the boat – or the whiskey – reminded me of how I first came to love Jameson when crewing aboard NCB Ireland in the Whitbread Round the World Race. In the cold climes of the Labrador Banks – or thereabouts – shivering in the damp cold air on deck watch, despite all my thermal clothing – the discovery as a newcomer to that crew of a cargo of Jameson being carried aboard for some public relations purpose… and the content of one of its bottles being dispersed to those members of the crew wishing to warm up, via Irish coffee if I remember correctly - and which included me - may not have been what was intended but induced in me a love of the liquid which, over the years since has, in my view, handsomely paid off the manufacturer, irrespective of their ultimate purpose for the seaborne cargo!
And then, another memory was brought to me by two intrepid round-the-world sailors Fergus and Kay Quinlan from Kinvara recalling what it was like to arrive into a closed yacht club on Christmas morning…in Cape Town …. No wonder Fergus laughed when he was told there that – having reached South Africa, they were nearly home in Kinvara…. Only the Irish weather was waiting for them….
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