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Guinness Book of World Records Confirms Robert Suhay is "Offically Amazing!" as a World Record Holder
Longest Distance Sailed in a Dinghy (Male). 11.17.2014
Sailor credits Magellan GPS for best early Christmas gift: A Guinness World Record!
Norfolk, Virginia – December 18 - Quin Suhay’s dad is now “Officially Amazing,” according to the Guinness Book of World Records (GBWR) certificate that just arrived in the mail from London, England as an early Christmas gift for dad. “That’s because Magellan is AWESOME!” said Quin, age 10 when he saw the proof of his father’s accomplishment.
“If it weren’t for this Magellan eXplorist510 GPS unit I would never have been able to prove that I had broken the record,” said Robert Suhay Robert Suhay, 51, father of four boys. “It kept me on track even after I made landfall.”
His sons ages 11, 14, 19 and 21 say they could not be more proud of their father. His relentless efforts to reach his goal have inspired them to work harder. In fact, Quin was fresh from his school Honor Roll ceremony when the GBWR certificate arrived at the door for his father.
The longest single-handed distance sailed in a dinghy by a male is 283.5 nautical miles (525.04 km, 326.24 miles) achieved by Robert Suhay in Maryland, USA on July 2, 2014, according to the certificate which arrived as an early Christmas present on December 5 sent by GBWR of London, England.
Previously, the only "longest single-handed unassisted journey in a dinghy" was held by a woman. That distance, 282.78 nm (523.7 km; 325.41 miles) and was achieved by Tania Elias Calles Wolf (Mexico) who sailed from Los Cabos Baja California Sur to Bahia de Banderas, Mexico, between 28 February and 3 March 2010. Ms. Calles Wolf sailed unassisted on a Laser Radial single-handed sail boat. In that case there was a supporting boat, but no assistance was provided at any time.
In fact, it was the hurricane bearing down on the sailor whose communications had been knocked out early on, which prompted the US Coast Guard Mid-Atlantic Division to stop his attempt short of home.
All seemed lost just short of the finish line after 86 grueling hours alone aboard the tiny craft as Suhay was forced to zig-zag across the Chesapeake Bay in order to outrun the storm.
When he arrived home he was sure he’d been beaten until Magellan GPS Senior Product Manager Richard Tinnell and Old Dominion University Sailing Coach Mitch Brindley took the data from the eXplorist GPS unit and the geotagged photos taken by Robert using that same unit.
Thanks to Magellan, Suhay was able to prove that given the number of tacks he took the total number of nautical miles he sailed solo, unassisted was enough to set the new world record.
All the electronic data plus verification letters from Magellan and the US Coast Guard Homeland Security offices added up to Suhay and his sons celebrating his newly official Guinness World Record today.
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A Personal Note from Robert
Thanks to to everyone who made the record-setting trip possible and to all those that enjoyed sharing in the ride. (Guiness confirmed today that the journey will be recognized as the longest solo voyage in a dinghy by a male.)
A special thanks to Magellan for providing the GPS that got me there and back safely.
Thank you Tania Elias Calles Wolf for the inspiration. Thanks to Old Dominion University Sailing which has supported my crazy sailing for all these years, especially Mitch Brindley who has so freely given so much of his time, advice, technical support and the occasional rescue.
Thanks to my family for being there and allowing me to pursue my dreams. Thanks to all my friends for believing, especially Mike Moore who lent me his boat knowing that it might not come back, (mike, when you are ready to sell I will sign your hull) and Doug Keiler for all the gear.
Thanks to Intensity sails for a product that stood up through some hefty conditions, and to cliff bars, whose products made an endurance trip of 86 hours possible.
Thanks lastly, and especially, to my wife Lisa. I couldn't have done this without you, and without you, no one would have ever known.
I hope to sail far again, and eventually, put together a mini transat campaign. I hope you all will share the ride with me again.
Dad breaks Guinness World Record.
But the real reward comes in sons' respect
One dad secures a world record, and in the process, forges a new connection with his sons.
By Lisa Suhay, Correspondent NOVEMBER 18, 2014
The journey a father takes to gain the respect and admiration of his four sons was a long one for my husband.
Read full story online at http://bit.ly/1wTJHlM
Welcome Home Video from the kids to papa. July video
Robert Suhay, age 51, father of four sons, Assistant director of presentation for The Virginian-Pilot newspaper is sailing solo, unassisted, with no landfall or sleep in a Laser that is 14-feet, 5 inches long.
(P.S. Robert didn't design this site. It was done by his wife at 6 a.m. on launch day so please excuse any poor design choices. - Lisa Suhay)