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Limerick’s Peter Lawless will be the first Irish person to sail solo non stop unassisted around the world

Peter Lawless pictured above will be the first person to sail solo non stop unassisted around the world via the great capes

Limerick’s Peter Lawless will be the first Irish person to sail solo non stop unassisted around the world

By I Love Limerick correspondent Peter Cooney

Limerick man Peter Lawless plans to be the first Irish person to sail solo non-stop unassisted around the world via the great capes.

The yachtsman is hoping to emulate his late father Pat Lawless who previously sailed solo for 3 years in 1996 at the age of 70.

In August 2021, the 52-year-old and father of three is hoping to set a world record on his trip from Co Clare, down the Atlantic around the five great capes, and from South Africa to Australia, from Tasmania to New Zealand, and back to Kilrush.

Lawless who is a carpenter by trade, will be fighting the odds on his eight-month adventure on his 41ft yacht ‘Waxwing’, which is renowned especially for long-distance.

The brave yachtsman Peter Lawless speaking about his upcoming adventure said, “Since I was a child, I have always loved survival movies, stories and books. Solo sailing for me is the ultimate survival challenge. You have to be everything, sailor, navigator, Mechanic, cook and keep everything working perfectly as well as sailing safely across the oceans. I have always wanted to sail around the world, every aspect of the challenge is exciting for me.”

Peter spoke fondly of his father saying, “In 1996 my Father came back after a 3-year solo circumnavigation at the age of 70, sailing into Kilrush Marina. He was a huge inspiration for me and we were all so proud of him.”

He concluded, “I have had to take courses and exams over the years and one of them was my Yacht master ocean course, this is where I learned Celestial navigation and the use of the sextant. There is something lovely about looking at a paper chart and marking your position along a route. This solo circumnavigation is a big challenge and not a decision I made overnight, but I have a great boat, fantastic family and friends behind me and with good preparation and equipment it will be incredible.”

All of us at I Love Limerick wish Peter the best of luck in his upcoming adventure traveling solo around the world!

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