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Blackthorne back Gregor McGuckin on Golden Globe Race Challenge

12 days to start of Irishman’s solo circumnavigation start

With the start of the Golden Globe Race just 12 days away Gregor McGuckin Empowered by Hanley Energy have announced the support of Blackthorne International Transport.

On 1 July McGuckin sets sail from Les Sables d’Olonne to compete in the gruelling Golden Globe Race that will see 18 solo sailors attempt to race alone, non-stop around the world without modern technology. If successful Gregor will be the first Irish person to complete this challenge.

Speaking about the announcement Gary O’Grady, Managing Director of Blackthorne International Transport, said:

“Blackthorne is delighted to support this incredible adventure. What Gregor is doing is inspirational and through the CJ Fallon educational programme he will help engage the next generation to consider such challenges. At Blackthorne International Transport we deliver goods around the world using state of the art technology, to see Gregor setting sail with little to no modern technology is inspirational to all of us at Blackthorne and we wish him well.”

McGuckin, added:

“The addition of Blackthorne International Transport to the team is fantastic. They have an amazing attitude and their support will be essential to getting us to the starting line. While they operate globally, Blackthorne has strong Irish roots which makes it a really nice fit.”

“We hope to attract even more support during the race, it’s never too late and I’m lucky to have a strong shore team through Team Ireland that will ensure all partners and sponsors get the most out of the project when I’m at sea.”

The race marks 50 years since Sir Robin Knox-Johnston was the first person to achieve what was once thought to be impossible. The 2018 edition of the race will see sailors navigate with the stars and the sun, catch rainwater to drink, and forgoes modern forms of communication such as internet. Visit for more.

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