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+00:00 May 6th, 2018|Puffin in the Golden Globe Race|6 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 [...]

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 [...]

By | 2018-01-18T19:42:29+00:00 January 18th, 2018|2018 Golden Globe Race News, Puffin Restoration|2 Comments

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+00:00 November 28th, 2017|2018 Golden Globe Race News, Puffin Restoration|1 Comment

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+00:00 November 19th, 2017|2018 Golden Globe Race News, Puffin Restoration|0 Comments

Puffin Restoration Part 13: Race for My Life

Piroska, my older daughter, was 12 years old when she christened Salammbo, my first solo circumnavigator boat. It's a good omen for me to see her with Puffin... The race of my life has become a race for my life. I feel what Jack London's gold digger heroes felt escaping south from the [...]

By | 2017-11-19T20:36:29+00:00 November 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 [...]

By | 2017-10-09T22:26:35+00:00 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 [...]