Conor McGregor’s father, Tony McGregor, is enjoying his retirement and the lifestyle that comes with being the proud papa of the highest-paid athlete in the world. His Instagram account self-describes Tony as an, “International yachtsman of leisure,” which is somewhat amusing given how he described a small boating incident he was in leading up to UFC 264 fight week.
McGregor Sr. needed the Royal National Lifeboat Institution’s help in getting back to port after what he calls an, “International yachtman’s error” that he takes full responsibility for.
“It was a captain’s error,” he told the UK Sun. “I went out to Dalkey to Pilot View. I dropped an anchor and I had swimmers on board. They were swimming off the 188. So they were swimming and jumping off the cliffs there for about an hour and a half. I dropped the anchor, and I switched the engines off, but I put on the navigation lights and that was the problem. My navigation lights were running the batteries down.”
“All I needed was a simple tow. I didn’t want to trouble the RNLI. There was no danger, there was no risk to life. I had three people on board, me and two passengers and there was no risk to life. Yeah, it was sort of an international yachtsman’s rule, you don’t call out the RNLI unless you have to. In this case, we were stuck. There was nothing we could do.
“It was an international yachtsman’s error,” he continued. “It should never have happened. It was so simple but also how difficult things could become from a simple operation. Honestly, if the water was cold and you were trying to pull in a cold wet chain in November, your hands would be numb within minutes.”
Fortunately that wasn’t the case and Tony got back to port with nothing more than a bruised ego, something his son knows a little about following his latest loss to Dustin Poirier (watch it). Let’s wish the McGregors better luck on the ocean (and in the cage) moving forward!