Salvage McGuckin's Yacht and Whiskey!

$1,476 of $5,000 goal

Raised by 38 people in 6 months
Created December 20, 2018
On Sept. 24th Irish Sailor Gregor McGuckin was forced to abandon his yacht in the Golden Globe Race.

He was rescued and his vessel now floats apx. 1200 miles West of Fremantle Australia. Onboard is a cargo like no other - a cask of famous seven-year-old Irish Whiskey from Glendalough. Storm tossed, it has now been 'aged at sea' in the most epic way. Sadly, it now drifts far from any welcoming glasses.

We are two brothers who work in the US Merchant Marine, and we have taken on the task of salvaging the Whiskey, and getting Gregor his yacht back.

But this will take funding! Flights, vessel charter, fuel, etc. What will you be willing to donate to save this legendary vessel and it's precious cargo?



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Prepping to return to Australia, my visa has been denied due to my time in Africa and S. America. Further health examinations are required.

Hopefully this will take under two weeks and we will be back underway.

Good news is - Gregor's boat is still afloat!
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To Everyone that has donated, many thanks!

I have to apologize for being so remiss in my updates.

I arrived in Australia on the 14th of January and for three months walked the docks and wharves searching for a vessel that could conduct the recovery.

At one point, I thought I had one; A 60' motor-sailer based out of Fremantle WA. Unfortunately, during a later hull inspection, we found a major structural crack around the forestay chainplate and she was deemed unfit for the voyage.

The search began once again. In the meantime I took up part time work as a bricklayer for funds.

My last month in Australia, I found the perfect vessel. A 65' Steel-hulled Ketch with twin diesel engines. Perfect for stormy ocean sailing. When I found her she was in the process of being sold to two adventurous young owners with hopes to start a charter business.

However, my visa was quickly running out, and when my old company offered to fly me back to the USA for a short contract, I accepted.

So, on March 15th, I left Australia and joined the crew of a tugboat in Louisiana and proceeded to cover around 5,000 NM taking cargo from Texas to two ports in Colombia. The work presented the opportunity to replenish the financial coffers, which had been running low.

Now, the work is coming to an end and I expect to return to Australia within the next 15 days.

There we will begin work to prepare the steel ketch while her sale is finalized, also keeping an eye on Gregor's boat.

It is currently 1,700 NM West of Fremantle. Winter is setting in on the Southern Hemisphere and the Indian Ocean will provide even more challenges than anticipated before.

Nevertheless, prospects seem good. Nothing is guaranteed, but we all plan to do our utmost to see Gregor's boat and the long lost whiskey back to shore.

I can guarantee one thing:

If this should all come to naught (Gregor's boat sinks, etc) all of you that have been gracious enough to donate will be reimbursed every penny.

Thanks for reading!

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Update: Donate $25 or more and be entered to win an exclusive bottle of the "777" whiskey! For every $25 you donate, you'll be entered into a raffle at the end of the salvage to win a bottle of this rare whiskey!
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Raised by 38 people in 6 months
Created December 20, 2018
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