Stratford very proud of safe return of Irish Golden Globe sailor, Gregor McGuckin

Gregor Mc Guckin Boat
NEWS / 15 October 2018

Stratford students and staff were thrilled and very proud to hear that Ms McGuckin's son, Gregor, arrived home safely on Monday, 15th October, after his rescue from the Indian Ocean during the non-stop round-the-world Golden Globe yacht race.

It took Gregor McGuckin three years to prepare for this very special race. This year was the 50th anniversary of the non-stop round-the-world Golden Globe yacht race and the sailors were only allowed use the technology available in 1968, i.e, a compass, moon and stars to guide them.

Gregor McGuckin started the 48,000 km race on 1st July from France. A huge storm in the southern Indian ocean caused his yacht to roll 360 degrees, three times, causing his two masts to break. A fellow sailor was also forced to drop out of the race and Gregor McGuckin attempted to help rescue him.

Gregor McGuckin arrived back in Dublin on Monday, 15th October and was featured on the RTE News and in the Irish Times. Yachting World magazine (November 2018) featured a front cover article on the rescue.

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