Norfolk man breaks Guinness boating record

Robert Suhay with one of his sons holding the Guiness Book of World Records certificate. (Photo credit: Guinness Book of World Records)

NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) – A Norfolk man made history Thursday after he paddled over 300 miles up the Chesapeake Bay.

Robert Suhay traveled the longest single-handed distance in a dinghy by a male in early July, according to the Guinness Book of World Records. The 51-year-old father of four boys battled Hurricane Arthur on his trip breaking the record in 86 hours of boating.

“Thanks lastly, and especially, to my wife Lisa,” Suhay said on his website commemorating the trip. “I couldn’t have done this without you, and without you, no one would have ever known. I hope to sail far again, and eventually, put together a mini transit campaign. I hope you all will share the ride with me again.”

Video: Video made by the Suhay family of Robert’s journey

Suhay said he was worried his efforts had been in vain when his journey was cut short by a storm that knocked out his communication. He zigzagged through the Chesapeake Bay, but then Coast Guard rescue boats had to stop his attempts short of home. But thanks to GPS tracking, He was able to plot his distance through geotagged photos.

He traveled 283.5 nautical miles (326.24 miles) up to Maryland beating the former record of 282.78 nautal miles set by Tania Elias Calles Wolf from Mexico in 2010. Wolf paddled from Los Cabos Baja, Calif., to Bahia De Banderas, Mexico. The early Christmas present for the Suhays arrived Dec. 5 from Guinness’ headquarters in London.

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