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20th Jan 2020

As spring approaches, I am busy working on sponsorship and planning, for the GGR 22.
This summer I intend sailing to Iceland, stopping in the Westman Islands, and up through the Artic Circle. Then down to the Azores. Not sure where after that. Madiera and home via Les Sables D'Olonne would be good.
I need to get to know the boat inside out. The rigging and sails will be the main focus. Their performance is most important for racing. To make the boat ready, I will replace the rigging. (as it is most likely as old as the boat) Fit a weather fax, SSB radio, two new winches for the Spinnaker, a folding prop, solor panels, lead halyards and other lines back to the cockpit, and get the liferaft serviced.
Then there are the sails. I will get new sails in 2022 shortly before the race. I have two years to figure out what will work best. Thinking of going with furling jib, with a removable stay inside for hank on sails. We are alowed bring ten sails with us on the race. I am going to have one mainsail, one furling staysail, one furling jib, one hank on storm jib, one full Spinnaker and one storm Spinnaker.
That means I can bring another four. Looking into using a hank-on jib-top for reaching, a large hank-on genoa for going into the wind in light airs a smaller hank-on jib for stronger upwind sailing, and a hank-on Yankee.
Note that I have not included a trysail. After two years sail-training things will most likely change. Hopefully I will find second hand sails the help me work out what will work best. Then sell them on again!
I am looking forward to sailing away with sextant, paper charts and a 2b pencil, way more than Brendan The Navigator had back in the Druid days. But before that, I will sail to Limerick on the May weekend for Riverfest.
I am lucky to have the chance to fulfill my dreams, enjoying the journey so far.
Love to all ❣️ Pat.



GGR Poster
27th Dec 2019

It’s been a very good year and I’m truly grateful for all the support I’ve received since I decided to enter the Golden Globe Race in 2022. People are so Kind.
From a young age I dreamed of sailing solo in many ocean races. Then my father sailed the Atlantic twice before sailing around the World single handed, I was lucky enough to have been on his committee. Working and watching him fulfilled me. It was out of my system, but then the Golden Globe Race came up. My dream came back to life. Being involved with my Father's voyage made it achievable.
When I was accepted as an entrant, my next job was to find the best boat for the race. There were quite a few I liked. The journey is more about survival and arrival, than speed. My search brought me to many fine boats, but the one I liked most was the Saltram Saga 36. She was a mighty fine safe boat, well minded, and in good condition. I went to Amsterdam and signed the contract at end of March. She became a Lawless boat.
Now was the fun part, to sail her home via Les Sables d'Ollone, down in The Bay of Biscay. I spent a few days going over her to make sure that she was ready for a sea passage. My lovely brother Jim joined me on the 2nd April. Next day we sailed through the City of Amsterdam into the North Sea, down the English Channel on the French side, stopping in Boulogne-sur-Mer first, Dieppe next and then Cherbourg. Jim got the ferry back to Ireland. I did miss Jim's lovely company, but it was time to get used to sailing solo. From there I sailed to the island of Groix in the bay of Biscay, on the way to Les Sables D'Olonne.
The more I got to know the boat, the better I got to love her. I could feel her Soul and Sprite were Super. She was loved all her life. I had a nice week in Les Sables as the prize giving for the GGR 18 was on. I Was so well looked after by the Port Olona marina. My Wife, her sister and husband joined me for a few days. Beautiful city half very old with the new also. Magical to find that I had a new GGR family, and it it getting bigger all the time. After the great week. it was time to sail home. There was a storm forecast for the May weekend in Ireland 500 nm away. I had three days to get home, the boat would have been well able for it, but good to just get in before it. The best news was, after sailing 2,000 nm I knew the Saltram Saga was fast and safe.
Info on the race In 1966-67 Sir Francis Chichester sailed solo around the world with one stop. He was sponsored by The Sunday Times. The paper's sales soared. So the next year they organised the Golden Globe Race, with £5,000 prize money. Nine boats made it to the start, only one finished. Fifty years later, a race in the spirit the 1968 race McInter Adventures organized the GGR 18. The boats were of that time, and the rules are that the technology used on the boats are of that time also. 18 started, five finished. The third race starts on the 4th September 2022 . I will be on the start line in my Saltram Saga 36.


9th Nov 2019

In Monnickendam (NL) North of Amsterdam on the 29-3-2019 the Saltram Saga 36 "FULMAR" belonged to me for the first time. It was a lovely place to stay for the first few days going over the boat to make sure she will be seaworthy and shipshape for a trip down the English Channel, then down the Bay of Biscay to Les Sables d'Olonne. I was delighted with her condition.
A few days later my lovely brother Jim arrived, and the next morning we sailed in a light frost to Amsterdam. Fantastic to be able to go through the middle of the city with the mast up. We got to Sea-Port Marina that afternoon, on the edge of the North Sea.
In the morning we sailed out and down to Boulogne-sur-Mer, next was Dieppe, then Cherbourg. Jim went home, I did miss him. But sailing alone was needed to get ready for the GGR22.
When I got to Les Sables d'Olonne, I was treated so well by the Port Olona people. I was tied at the main pontoon with the GGR18 boats. It was fantastic to be a member of the Golden Globe Race family. After a nice week there I sailed back to Ireland, getting in just before a well forecast storm.
It was fantastic to be home in Dingle. The next weekend I sailed up to Limerick for Riverfest and back home to Dingle. Logging around 2,000nm over a month. I picked the Saltram Saga 36 because she is such a safe boat, perfect for the Southern Ocean. I was amazed and delighted at her speed. Once I prepare well, then there is a good chance of really doing well.

During the summer, I put down a mooring in Dingle Harbour, did some sanding and varnish work, fitted a wood-burning stove for the cold weather and some small woodwork jobs. I sailed around the lovely West Kerry with friends and family from time to time.
But the best of all is how kind the people of Ireland are. I have received over €5,000, the stove, the loan of a sextant and a photographer came down a few times from Limerick and took photographs for me, and much more. I will try my best to represent Ireland and my sponsors well in the GGR. The boat is mighty, so the rest is up to me now.
It is mid November now and I am working on fitting two chain-plates for new running back-stays and one for a new inner fore-stay. When they are fitted, I will sail over to Murphys Marine in Valentia Island for a lift-out.
Mast and Rigging Ireland will sort out the new rigging for me while I do work on the hull. After around two weeks (weather permitting), She will be put swimming again for some winter training. I also plan to form a support committee over the next while. There are a number of items in my wish list that I will need for the GGR22. People might have them tucked away in the back of a press or in the attic, because modern technology has replaced them. Be great if I can use them.