Guinness confirms NEW record!
As of 3:30 p.m. on 10.8.2015 Robert Suhay is the new Guinness Book of World Records holder for the Longest Distance Sailed in a dinghy by a male.
See the Gear Check section
to learn more about what equipment got him all the way to the record through Atlantic Ocean swells, 35+knot winds
and teh Chesapeake Bay.
Gill North America
Take an up-close look at the gear and tech that will go with Robert on this Officially Amazing Attempt.
Sail #168317 Boat Name: Insomnia
Teen sailor's memorial bracelet makes world record journey with sailor
Tyler Patnaude, a Cosby High School student and avid sailor, was 18 years old when he was killed in a car wreck in April 2014 in Chesterfield County. My husband, Robert Suhay, feels that Tyler's spirit was with him as he broke the world record this week.
This is one of those stories that come to light during the decompression days after a massive, world record effort.
Robert and I had driven home Saturday from Annapolis, Md., after he broke the world record the previous night.
It was late. Fireworks had already lit the night sky, and Robert was sitting at the computer trying to take in all the good wishes people had sent to him online.
“I need you to come out to my workshop and take a picture for me,” he called to me across the room.
Sailing world record holder meets his breaking point
Robert Suhay broke the Guinness World Record for the longest distance solo sailed unassisted in a dinghy, which he set last year, by a whole lot more than a mile. The existing record stood at 283.5 nautical miles, and the GPS tracker aboard his boat recorded his total distance traveled unassisted as 346.1 nautical miles.
The record count began at 6 a.m. Tuesday when Robert launched from the Sail Carteret Club in Morehead City, N.C. It ended at 12:08 a.m. Saturday at the Severn Sailing Association in Annapolis, Md.
While he sailed, I mirrored his efforts on land and occasionally in boats on the ocean and Chesapeake Bay.
It was grueling for him as well as for his extended family of sailors, captains, U.S. Coast Guard members and fans.
36 hours in: Attempting to break a long-distance sailing record
Until you have been out on the ocean searching for someone, you really don’t feel how mind-blowingly hard a task it can be to find a needle in Poseidon’s haystack. In those times faith, technology and tin foil are your best friends.
My husband, Robert Suhay, wasn’t lost. He's just trying to break his own Guinness Book World Record for longest distance sailed in a dinghy. He’s still out there, sailing aboard a 14-foot-long Laser dinghy from Morehead City, N.C. to Annapolis, MD.
I wasn’t trying to rescue him — just greet him as he completed the ocean leg of the trip and headed into the Chesapeake Bay.
Lisa Suhay's Blog:
While Robert Suhay set a world distance sailing record in his 14-foot-long Laser in the Atlantic Ocean, from Morehead City, N.C., to Annapolis, Md. Lisa Suhay, Robert's wife, blogged the trip for The Virginian-Pilot.
Started: Tuesday, June 30
6 a.m. Sail Carteret Club, Morehead City, N.C.
Finished: Saturday, July 4th
12:08 a.m. Severn Sailing, Annapolis, Md.
The existing record, set by Robert last year (which made him "Officially Amazing" in the Guinness Book of World Records) stood at 283.5 nautical miles sailed unassisted.
Check Leaderboard for YellowBrick to see his total distance travelled stands at 346.1 nautical miles
New Guinness World Record of 346.1 NM confirmed as of 3:30 p.m. EST U.S. on 10.8.2015!
I wanted to thank everyone who supported and helped with the Morehead to Annapolis dinghy trip this summer and let you know that Guinness has recognized the effort.
Thanks to Olympian Tania Elias Calles who inspired and encouraged me, to Mitch Brindley who has been my friend and adviser through long years of sailing at Old Dominion University and his wife, Dawn, who has been a guardian angel.
Thanks to Mike Moore, my friend, confidant and enabler in chief. Thanks to my friends Greg Lanese who was my coach and trip consultant and to Doug Keiler, who has backed my efforts through four long years and provided gear that got me there.
Thanks to Sam and Gunnar from Morehead who made the launch such a success and devoted so much of their time to a relative stranger for a wild project. Thanks to Captain Bill Jenkins and the Legacy charter fishing vessel crew for the morale boost off Virginia Beach and to ODU sailor Joe David for watching over my crossing of the Chesapeake Bay shipping lanes.
Thanks to Krystyn Pecora and the crew at the U.S. Coast Guard Mid-Atlantic District 5 who provided invaluable insight and assistance in route and safety planning. Thanks very much to Marlene Plumley for the support through the years and the hot soup, strawberries and pastries at the finish line.
Thanks also to the Severn Sailing Association and the Laser fleet there who rolled out the welcome mat in Annapolis. It was an exhausting effort and I have never slept so well as the night on your couch.
Thanks to Richard Tinnell of Magellan who has put in countless hours of his time to provide equipment and collate data to support the record attempt.
And thanks very much to my sponsors:
Kyle Allen Leonard and Darrell from
Shoreline Sailboats in Avon, N.Y. who provided the brand-new Laser and sail that carried me to success. You guys were the best and the visit to your home and families on Ontario was such a wonderful time.
To Magellan, which overnighted a GPS unit from California when my trusty unit had a last-minute failure. I could not have managed the miles and open water without my eXplorist 510 to guide me. Thanks to Gill North America for providing the clothing that kept me warm and dry and protected through some extreme conditions - and about a half-dozen dunkings in big waves and wind off Hatteras. Thanks to McMurdo Beacon for the safety gear that kept me safe. The locator beacons were thankfully never deployed, but the trip would have been unwise without them. Thanks to YellowBrick for tracking the route and the technical support in providing records and data.
Lastly, and most of all, thanks to my loving and understanding wife, Lisa Suhay, who has supported me all these long years and poured herself into this adventure. I tell her, I did the easy part. Lisa did all the leg work. I could not have made it without her.
And a final thanks to my children, Zoltan Suhay, Ian Suhay, Avery Danger Suhay and Quin Suhay, for their love and support. The thought of your faces got me through the most challenging moments of this trip and I dedicate it to you. I hope it inspires each of you to your own adventures - that is the benchmark of success by which I truly measure this quest and the deep seated motivation which carried me through the days and nights.
Thanks also to my father, whose memory carried me.
So you see, the record says solo effort, but it was anything but. This trip took a family of people and supporters to accomplish, and if I have left anyone off by name, I deeply apologize. Please now that I owe the success to you and that you share in it.
My sincere thanks,