Thursday 21 June 2018

Irishman attempting low-tech solo trip sailing around world

Adventurer Gregor McGuckin on his yacht Hanley Energy Endurance in Dun Laoghaire harbour before he sets off on the Golden Globe solo round the world race. Photo: Niall Carson/PA
Adventurer Gregor McGuckin on his yacht Hanley Energy Endurance in Dun Laoghaire harbour before he sets off on the Golden Globe solo round the world race. Photo: Niall Carson/PA

With just the sun, moon and stars to guide him, one Dublin man is attempting to become the first Irishman to sail around the world non-stop and unaided.

Gregor McGuckin (31) will set sail from Dún Laoghaire later today as part of an epic voyage that will see him travel south via the UK and France before rounding the Cape of Good Hope, southern Australia and Cape Horn.

Using a compass and sextant to guide him instead of modern navigational equipment, he hopes to complete the task in less than 240 days as part of the 50th Golden Globe Race - an event steeped in the traditions of the golden age of solo sailing.

Participants must adhere to a strict low-tech rule. This means satellites, electronic navigation equipment and modern boats are not allowed.

McGuckin will use a 34-year-old 36ft yacht he has stripped back and equipped with the bare essentials needed to make the trip. He is taking enough food to last for up to 300 days and water in a large tank and jerrycans.

"I'll have about four months' worth of water so I'll be trying to keep it topped up with rainwater as I go along," he said yesterday.

Irish Independent

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