GGR 2018/19 Part 6: The Indian Ocean

the Indian Ocean is the smallest, therefore, the most unpredictable (due to the closely surrounding continents.) And she didn’t let her image of being the most feared of all oceans be tarnished this time, either. On September 12, the 20-25 knots Easterly wind slowly died. And while the barometer took a dive, it started [...]

GGR 2018/19 Part 5: From the Cape Verde Islands to the South Indian Ocean

After 9 hours of uninterrupted sleep and a rich brunch, the world didn't turn rosy, but I could finally think straight. I have sailed between and near the Cape Verde Islands several times but never set foot ashore, except for the one time I flew to Durban, South Africa (to deliver a Crealock 37’ solo, [...]

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|Comments Off on GGR Part 4–Hungarian Language Version

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, [...]

By |2021-04-25T16:19:22-04:00April 21st, 2021|2018 Golden Globe Race News, Puffin in the Golden Globe Race, Puffin in the Golden Globe Race|Comments Off on GGR 2018-19, Part 4: The First Leg of the Race—France to Cape Verde

GGR 2018, Part 3: Start of the Super Quarantine of a Lifetime—Les Sables-d’Olonne, France

Group photo before the SITraN start The ideal wind at the start of the SITraN charity race did not last long, and the fleet slowed down in the light breeze with an increasing number of calms in it. But the race rules allowed us to use our engines, due to the heavily loaded [...]

By |2020-06-13T18:02:10-04:00June 11th, 2020|2018 Golden Globe Race News, Puffin in the Golden Globe Race, Puffin in the Golden Globe Race, Uncategorized|Comments Off on GGR 2018, Part 3: Start of the Super Quarantine of a Lifetime—Les Sables-d’Olonne, France

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 [...]

Puffin in the GGR, Part 1a: The Chaotic Final Prep Months

As I write this I am sitting behind Puffin’s salon table, not in the boat but in our new (downsized) home. Golden Globe Race rules allowed the entrants to leave the salon table behind, so it stayed in the U.S. I will be sending it to Ian, the new owner of Puffin, but there is [...]

By |2020-01-08T20:03:11-05:00January 8th, 2020|2018 Golden Globe Race News, Puffin in the Golden Globe Race, Puffin in the Golden Globe Race|Comments Off on Puffin in the GGR, Part 1a: The Chaotic Final Prep Months

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 in the GGR, Part 1: Shakedown Cruise to Bermuda

Istvan and Ian preparing to depart for Bermuda Saturday, May 5, 2018, 1740 hrs NEW YORK Hello to all of our supporters and followers! I just landed at JFK. The trip took 5 days, 22 hours dock-to-dock. We left Sunday morning (April 29) at 0930 from Oyster Bay, NY, and arrived in St. [...]

By |2018-05-06T15:30:05-04:00May 6th, 2018|Puffin in the Golden Globe Race|12 Comments

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 [...]

By |2018-04-13T11:56:16-04:00April 13th, 2018|2018 Golden Globe Race News, Puffin Restoration|Comments Off on Puffin Restoration Part 16: Annapolis Detour
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