Three entrants have already retired for personal or gear failure reasons and another two have had to seek outside assistance, moving them into the ‘assisted class’. Rules of this fiftieth anniversary of the Golden Globe Race disallow modern technology and only allow minimal comforts.
“Gregor is doing fantastic. He has settled into life onboard and his performance now reflects that,” remarked McGuckin’s campaign manager, Neil O’Hagan. Highlights to-date include catching a tuna and having it in the pan within 15 minutes, and two swims while becalmed off the coast of Africa.
Tactical decisions will play a major part in boat positioning when the fleet rounds the Cape of Good Hope, first crossed in modern times by the Portuguese explorer, Bartholomew Dias in 1488.
In September, a national primary school’s programme is being launched to follow the race and learn about the ocean. This has been produced by CJ Fallon and the Marine Institute and will be delivered for free to every primary school in Ireland and will be available online.