Pat, a cabinet-maker by trade but also at one stage in his life a professional deep-sea fisherman, has extensive offshore experience, in both sailing and fishing. “In 1990 I went sea as a fisherman. A fantastic job, one of the last of the hunter gatherers. Over the winters I saw the power of the North Atlantic. In 1992 I went to Iceland and purchased a 126′ fishing boat, passing through the Arctic Circle whilst rounding Iceland’s North Westerly Cape Horn on our way home.” Pat believes the challenge of this race is not the lack of technology, but time alone and raw seamanship. As a fisherman, Pat has seen the amount of rubbish coming up from the bottom of the deep ocean, and is eager to get the message out, about the unnecessary use of Plastic. He also raises money and awareness for Parkinson’s Association Ireland by competing in the Golden Globe Race.
Find out more about the Golden Globe Race here, more about Pat Lawless here and more about his brother, Peter Lawless, here and on this website.