Veteran endurance sailor Robert Suhay broke his own record for the longest unassisted solo voyage in a dinghy this past July when he sailed 346.1 nautical miles from Morehead City, North Carolina, to Annapolis, Maryland.
Suhay, 52, of Norfolk, Virginia, had previously set a record of 283.5 nautical miles and took a little under four days to complete this latest trip, which he hopes will serves as a springboard for a planned Mini Transat campaign. The trip also raised funds for a local sailing charity dedicated to getting at-risk kids out on the water.
“I will never forget the overwhelming emotion that overtook me as I crossed Diamond Shoals and rounded Cape Hatteras,” Suhay said afterward. “Nearly 20 knots of wind blew at my back and 6ft waves rolled under me. The feeling of dread and danger was both exhilarating and frightening.”
For more on Suhay’s latest distance record, visit robertsuhay.com.