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, [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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