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Kerry’s Lawless Brothers Go Solo Around the World Sailing Tenders

A second son of late solo circumnavigator Pat Lawless of Limerick has announced plans to follow in his father’s footsteps and sail solo around the world.

Peter and his brother Pat, both based in County Kerry, are embarking on a separate solo circumnavigation over the next two years, emulating their father’s exploits in 1997.

It’s a feat that could see the siblings achieve the feat of being the first Irish sailors to complete a non-stop solo circumnavigation of the globe.

Peter Lawless – solo trip

Peter (52) will begin an eight-month journey in August 2021, a time which will mean he will need to be home before his older brother Pat departs for France and the start of the 2022 Golden Globe Race in September 2022.

In August, Peter, who lives in Annascaul near Dingle, plans to sail solo, non-stop, unassisted around the world from Ireland to Ireland via the five great capes, using a sextant and paper charts like main navigation tools.

Peter estimates the trip will take him around eight months non-stop in the Rival 41, Waxwing, a standard production offshore cruiser that has been upgraded to meet the challenge. Check out his video below.

Peter Lawless on his Rival 41, Waxwing

As regular Afloat readers will recall, this will be the second circumnavigation for Waxwing. It was the boat used by Peter and Susan Gray, two sailing adventurers from the Royal St George Yacht Club in Dun Laoghaire, who completed an eight-year voyage around the world on the yacht in 2003.

Pat Lawless – Participant in the 2022 Golden Globe Race

As Afloat previously reported, Pat (66), from Ballyferriter, will follow Dublin sailor Gregor McGuckin, a competitor in the 2018 Golden Globe race, as he crosses the line for the 2022 race.

He aims to finish what McGuckin started on the 50th anniversary of the Golden Globe Race and become the first Irishman to complete a non-stop, unassisted solo circumnavigation of the globe.

Pat revealed the depth of his ambition when he told Afloat over Christmas “I wouldn’t go around the world solo non-stop unless it was a race, which I had a hope of winning”.

He says he is ‘delighted’ with his Saltram Saga 36, ​​a ‘safe and fast’ boat, currently hard-paved in Dingle Harbour, County Kerry.

Saltram Saga 36Pat Lawless’ Saltram Saga 36 is launched at Dingle Harbor in County Kerry. A lot of work has been done to prepare the boat for the 2020 Golden Globe Race2, but there is still a lot to do, says Kerry skipper

Over the past six decades, Pat has racked up approximately 150,000 miles on the water between sailing and fishing. In preparation for the GGR, Lawless is planning a trip to Iceland this summer.

“I will be sailing to Jan Mayen Island in the Arctic next year, circumnavigating Iceland on the way. It has been over 25 years since I sailed there,” he said. he told Afloat.

“Hopefully COVID-19 permitting I will also be sailing in Ireland, stopping at many ports,” he adds.