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GGR Part 4–Hungarian Language Version

Below is the Hungarian version of Part 4. For the English version, please click here. Suhaili ágyúja pontosan délben dördült el (2018 július 1) és Puffin a rajtvonal Északi oldalán, a GGR mezőny első negyedében szelte át a rajtvonalat. Az év- és napszakhoz igazodó kánikula ellenére is nagy létszámú szurkoló jött ki a rajthoz a [...]

By |2021-04-25T16:17:39-04:00April 25th, 2021|Hungarian Language Posts|0 Comments

GGR 2018-19, Part 4: The First Leg of the Race—France to Cape Verde

Below is the English version of Part 4. For the Hungarian version, please click here.  Sir Robin shot his gun aboard Suhaili at noon sharp. Puffin crossed the north side of the starting line, in the first quarter of the fleet. My last photo before the start The weather was hot and muggy, [...]

Golden Globe Race 2018 Part 2: Bermuda-Hamble-Falmouth Ocean Crossing

Solo Atlantic crossing UK-bound Puffin left Bermuda on May 7 at 08.30 in an 18- to 22-knot southerly breeze. I could expect a real solo ocean crossing in splendid isolation due to my inoperative satellite phone and HF radio. However, my navigation was supported by the B&G Chart Plotter still onboard (which wasn’t [...]

Reflections from Back on Dry Land

Today is June 21, 2019, and Puffin crossed the GGR finish line just 3 months ago, but the events of the 263-day nonstop ocean marathon are fading in my memory with an unexpected pace. The daily filtering and boiling of water is history now... ...And it's nice not to have to worry [...]

Puffin Restoration Part 16: Annapolis Detour

I have been working on Puffin’s race prep around the clock for almost three years now. It has taken far more time and labor than my first circumnavigator boatbuilding, because I have less money and professional help. I have not gotten the chance to step back and coordinate/supervise the boatbuilding from a managerial position, since [...]

Puffin Restoration Part 15: No Time For Winter Hibernation

The start of the race is only 164 days away, and there is no time for winter hibernation now!   Speaking at the GGR Presentation at the 2017 Paris Boat Show Gathered with the other GGR 2018 skippers at the 2017 Paris Boat Show Final Pre-Race Conference In early December, the [...]

Puffin Restoration Part 14: Becoming a Seabird Again

Puffin in Willsboro Bay Marina, late summer 2015 Puffin finally looks like a puffin again! Puffin’s launch on October 10 was an exciting milestone, but the celebration was literally short-lived since Puffin had not been in the water for the last decade. She was kept on the hard after her owner [...]

By |2017-11-28T18:58:17-05:00November 28th, 2017|2018 Golden Globe Race News, Puffin Restoration|2 Comments

Photos from Puffin’s Launch

On October 10, 2017, after over two years of extensive refurbishing, Puffin was finally relaunched. This marked the first time the yacht had touched water in a decade. Johanna and Matt Nally--the widow and son of Puffin's original skipper, John F. Nally--made the long drive from upstate New York to take part in this special [...]

By |2017-11-19T20:26:07-05:00November 19th, 2017|2018 Golden Globe Race News, Puffin Restoration|0 Comments

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 [...]

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 [...]

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