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2018 Golden Globe Race moves to Les Sables d’Olonne, France

Dateline: Les Sables d’Olonne, France. The 2018 Golden Globe Race, celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the original event back in 1968/9 which led to the first solo non-stop circumnavigation, will now start from Les Sables d’Olonne France on Sunday July 1st 2018. Les Sables d’Olonne, which also hosts the start and finish of the 4-yearly [...]

By | October 4th, 2017|2018 Golden Globe Race News, Official GGR News|0 Comments

Puffin Restoration Part 12: “Hold On!”

If— “…If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew To serve your turn long after they are gone, And so hold on when there is nothing in you Except the Will which says to them: ‘Hold on!’…” —Rudyard Kipling The opening of my first book features Kipling's complete poem, which has been the main [...]

Puffin Restoration Part 11: “Going with the Flow”

Don Casey has a chapter with this title in one of his books, This Old Boat, which has served as my bible in Puffin's restoration. But it somehow skips the most serious difficulty in the hose replacement, which is snaking the heavy, stiffly reinforced hoses through the labyrinth of an old full-keel sailboat’s bilges and [...]

2018 Golden Globe Race – 365 days to Plymouth start

Dateline: Plymouth 30th June 2017. One year from today, up to 30 sailors will set out from Plymouth UK to recreate history at the start of a solo circumnavigation in small traditional long keeled yachts using just paper charts, a sextant and wind up chronometer to navigate by. The Race marks the 50th anniversary of [...]

Puffin Yacht Restoration: Part Ten

I have decided not to wear my wristwatch during this race prep period. I do a lot of manual work in confined areas of the boat where it's an obstacle, but more importantly I check off the days like minutes and the weeks like hours in my calendar. There is just one year to the [...]

Susie Goodall secures DHL as primary sponsor for 2018 GGR entry

British yachtswoman Susie Goodall has secured DHL Express as her primary sponsor for her 2018 Golden Globe Race entry. Goodall (27) from Bournheath, Worcestershire, is the youngest among a 30-strong entry list and one of two female competitors to take on one of the hardest challenges – to sail solo non-stop around the globe, starting [...]

PRESS RELEASE: 2018 Golden Globe Race to start from Plymouth UK on Saturday June 30…

--FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE AS OF 22 APRIL 2017--     2018 Golden Globe Race to start from Plymouth UK on Saturday June 30… 3 new entrants… 5 vacancies on entry list   The 2018 Golden Globe Race marking the 50th anniversary of Sir Robin Knox-Johnston’s victory in the Sunday Times Golden Globe solo non-stop round the [...]

Istvan Kopar’s Book Kihivas Now Available as Audiobook

Captain Istvan Kopar is proud to announce that his memoir Kihivas: Alone at the Ends of the Earth has been produced as an audiobook. Originally published in Hungarian over 25 years ago, Istvan’s book was published in English for the first time in 2015. Recently Istvan was approached by New Street Nautical Audio, who were [...]

By | March 19th, 2017|Kihivas Book News|0 Comments

Istvan Kopar Featured in Practical Boat Owner Magazine

In Practical Boat Owner's March 2017 issue, author Peter K. Poland has published a 5-page article on the various 34-36ft cruisers that will sail in the 2018 Golden Globe Race. Captain Istvan Kopar is featured in the article speaking about his Tradewind 35, Puffin.  

By | February 19th, 2017|2018 Golden Globe Race News, Puffin Restoration|0 Comments