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 | 2017-02-24T20:41:25+00:00 February 19th, 2017|2018 Golden Globe Race News, Puffin Restoration|0 Comments

Puffin Refit Featured in Sailing Magazine

Hot off the press! Sailing Magazine's January 2017 issue features a 5-page article Istvan wrote about his refit of Puffin. Special thanks to Sailing Magazine. Click below to read full article. (Copyright Sailing Magazine, reprinted with permission.) The Ultimate Refit  

By | 2017-01-19T23:13:37+00:00 January 19th, 2017|2018 Golden Globe Race News, Puffin Restoration|0 Comments

Puffin Yacht Restoration: Part Seven

Hard to believe it, but we already got the first snow of the season a few days ago in New York, and Puffin is still not fully dressed. There has been steady progress, of course, but there are so many moving parts, and it is really difficult to make them visible. I got my first [...]

By | 2016-11-24T00:19:09+00:00 November 24th, 2016|2018 Golden Globe Race News, Puffin Restoration|1 Comment

Puffin Yacht Restoration: Part Six

You might think the heavy lifting would be over once the hull has been reinforced and most of the paint job finished… Well, that is actually a misconception comparable to thinking your house would be complete once there were walls and a roof. Yes, the nature of the workload will now change, with less physical [...]

By | 2016-10-25T12:02:16+00:00 October 24th, 2016|2018 Golden Globe Race News, Puffin Restoration|0 Comments

Puffin Yacht Restoration: Part Five

My biggest sponsor, my wife Eva, supervising Puffin's refit Well, summer passed by and Puffin has gotten her seaworthy boat look back. And the fall is about changing colors, right? Grey was the last color in Part 4, and it was that of the strongest primer I have ever sanded (Alexseal, of course). [...]

By | 2016-10-07T13:12:07+00:00 October 6th, 2016|2018 Golden Globe Race News, Puffin Restoration|1 Comment

Puffin Yacht Restoration: Part Four

Puffin after "tacking" onto her port side in the paint shop On August 23 Puffin changed her tack in the paint shop as if under sail. The travel lift crew and I flipped the boat on her port side like a well-oiled machine. And the car tires had evidently done their job, since [...]

By | 2016-09-10T05:23:19+00:00 September 7th, 2016|2018 Golden Globe Race News, Puffin Restoration|0 Comments

Puffin Yacht Restoration: Part Three

At long last, after three brutal weeks of work, Puffin got “naked” (stripped of her bottom paint, gelcoat, etc.), and headed inside to the paint shop. Puffin "naked" heading into the paint shop I have been working off of a shoestring budget, and every move in any boatyard is costly, so must be [...]

By | 2016-08-23T23:09:05+00:00 August 23rd, 2016|2018 Golden Globe Race News, Puffin Restoration|0 Comments

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 [...]

Alexseal Yacht Coatings to Sponsor Istvan Kopar

Istvan Kopar and his race management team are pleased to announce that Alexseal Yacht Coatings has signed on as the latest product sponsor of Istvan's 2018 Golden Globe Race effort. Mankiewicz Coatings, LLC, is a global company headquartered in Germany, with their North American headquarters in Charleston, South Carolina. They have produced Alexseal Yacht Coatings [...]