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  • Toasting Puffin's Launch

Photos from Puffin’s Launch

November 19th, 2017|0 Comments

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 [...]

  • Capt Pete caulking restored teak

Puffin Yacht Restoration: Part Nine

April 9th, 2017|0 Comments

The Rules of the 1968 Sunday Times Golden Globe Race—the first ever solo circumnavigation race—were quite simple for both the sailors and organizers. But the 50th Anniversary Race next year is a heavily loaded obstacle course [...]

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Puffin Refit Featured in Sailing Magazine

January 19th, 2017|0 Comments

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 [...]

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Windpilot to Sponsor Istvan Kopar

December 1st, 2016|0 Comments

Istvan Kopar will be using Windpilot's Pacific model windvane in the 2018 Golden Globe Race Windpilot is the latest sponsor to join Istvan Kopar’s 2018 Golden Globe Race team. Windpilot is giving Istvan one [...]

  • Puffin Front View and Deck

Puffin Yacht Restoration: Part Six

October 24th, 2016|0 Comments

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 [...]

  • Waterline found on orange Puffin

Puffin Yacht Restoration: Part Five

October 6th, 2016|1 Comment

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 [...]

  • Istvan Puffin Work 2

Puffin Yacht Restoration: Part Two

July 31st, 2016|0 Comments

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 [...]

Deck Work on Puffin

July 18th, 2016|0 Comments

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 [...]

  • Istvan working on Puffin

Restoration of Puffin: Part One

June 8th, 2016|1 Comment

I purchased the yacht Puffin in July 2015 in upstate New York. There was no way to sail her to my destination (Oyster Bay, NY), due to various conditions in need of repair(see page on Puffin). [...]

  • Byers Donation for Golden Globe Race

Largest Private Donation Yet

May 31st, 2016|0 Comments

Capt. Istvan Kopar and his race management team would like to extend a special thank you to Russell Byers, Jr., who has made the largest donation to date from an individual contributor to Istvan's Golden Globe [...]

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Kihivas Reviewed in Sailing Magazine

May 4th, 2016|0 Comments

We are very excited to announce that Sailing Magazine has become the first major publication to review Istvan Kopar's latest book, Kihivas: Alone at the Ends of the Earth. Entitled "A fresh take on an around-the-world saga," [...]

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Harken to Sponsor Istvan Kopar

February 1st, 2016|0 Comments

Harken, Inc. has signed on as the first high-profile sponsor of Istvan Kopar’s 2018 Golden Globe Race endeavor. A major manufacturer of performance sailboat hardware and accessories since 1967, Harken has had its products featured in such prestigious [...]