SOURCE: Magellan


December 18, 2014 13:05 ET

Sailor Credits Magellan GPS for Best Early Christmas Gift: A Guinness World Record

NORFOLK, VA--(Marketwired - Dec 18, 2014) - 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 11 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, 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.

Suhay made his solo journey without a chase boat and into the teeth of Hurricane Arthur. See video ; Website

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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