About Istvan Kopar

Despite growing up in a landlocked country behind the Iron Curtain, Istvan Kopar was determined from a young age to be a sailor and a circumnavigator. He is now recognized as one of the most accomplished sailors in the world. Istvan has multiple blue water accomplishments to his name, including a solo, one-stop circumnavigation, as well as winning a team circumnavigation race as a skipper in the Hong Kong Challenge. He is currently preparing for the 2018 Golden Globe Race.

Puffin Yacht Restoration: Part Two

Our work on Puffin in July was challenging and intense and involved some serious heavy lifting. Fortunately, one of my friends from Florida, Janos Szalas, volunteered to join me in this "sport.” His dream is to sail Puffin to England with me, and he definitely needed to focus on this goal to keep himself motivated [...]

Deck Work on Puffin

This was a hot, humid, and very dusty weekend working on Puffin… It may not look like much in the photos, but it was hard work in the heat under the shrink-wrapped boat. It felt like a sauna to begin with, and on top of that my friend and I were dressed up in painting [...]

Restoration of Puffin: Part One

I purchased the yacht Puffin in July 2015 in upstate New York. There was no way to sail her to my destination (Oyster Bay, NY), due to various conditions in need of repair(see page on Puffin). So I decided to sandblast the bottom right where she was before trucking her. Then I prepared her for [...]

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