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    Published on 09-11-2018 09:41 AM
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    Jean-Luc Van Den Heede extends his lead
    Loïc Lepage stops in Cape Town
    Tapio Lehtinen and Istvan Kopar meet up in mid-ocean
    Igor Zaretskiy calls on the Doctor

    Day 71: Dateline 10.9.2018 – Les Sables d’Olonne, France
    As Jean-Luc Van Den Heede continues to set the pace across the South Indian Ocean, fellow Frenchman Loïc Lepage docked his Nicholson 32 Laaland in Cape Town, and Finland’s Tapio Lehtinen surprised himself and American/Hungarian Istvan Kopar by meeting up in mid-ocean.

    Published on 09-10-2018 03:55 PM
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    As reported yesterday by one of the Norwegian newspapers, on the night of 6 September near Morocco, there was a breach and sank a sailing 44-foot catamaran with the Norwegian crew. People are safely saved. The newspaper brings the story of the captain of the ...
    Published on 09-10-2018 11:40 AM
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    1000 miles! If we had predicted such an advance to Jean-Luc van den heede after 70 days of race, he might have had a hard time believing it. Tapio Lehtinen and istvan and would ...
    Published on 09-06-2018 08:41 AM
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    What’s going on?
    Just 10 entrants remain in the Golden Globe Race. Seven will not pass the first Cape. 17 sailors pushing toward Hobart would have been very impressive, but who really thought that would happen. Certainly not me. Before the start ...
    Published on 09-03-2018 04:53 PM
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    Are Wiig safe in Cape Town
    Antoine Cousot arrives in Rio
    Francesco Cappelletti also heading for Brazil – another casualty of wind vane failure
    Race leader Jean-Luc Van Den Heede predicts October 3 as ETA at Hobart Gate
    Day 65: Dateline 3.9.2018 – Les Sables d’Olonne, France
    Are Wiig, the Norwegian GGR skipper dismasted 8 days ago after his OE 32 Olleanna was rolled through 360° in the Southern Ocean, arrived in Cape Town at 21:06 UTC on Sunday, having sailed the 400 miles under jury rig with no outside assistance

    Peter Muller, one of the Capetonians ...
    Published on 08-30-2018 09:30 AM
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    FRENCH LANGUAGE REPORT 30/08/2018 #GGR2018

    As planned, it's in the front that it's best this morning. At 630 miles in front of Mark Slats, always second, Jean-LUC VAN DEN HEEDE EVEN RELEASED THE SPI! After ...
    Published on 08-28-2018 01:08 PM
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    UPDATE on Are Wiig dismasting
    Code Orange alert remains for Norwegian skipper
    Loïc Lepage running short of water
    Day 59: Dateline 28.8.2018 – Les Sables d’Olonne, France

    Further details have emerged today regarding Norwegian skipper Are Wiig following his capsize and dismasting 400 miles SSW of Cape Town on Monday.

    Now in regular communication with both Race HQ and home, Wigg‘s team manager John Amtrup gave this update:

    “He was ...
    Published on 08-27-2018 12:22 PM
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    Golden Globe Race
    Just now ·
    Are Wiig has been rolled 360 while hove too in heavy seas and been dismasted.
    He has NOT activated his EPIRB and is NOT in distress. He has not asked for any assistance.
    Full details in the next hour. #GGR2018


    Code Orange alert for Norwegian skipper Are Wiig, dismasted some 400 miles SW of Cape Town
    DAY 58: Dateline 18:00 UTC – Les Sables ...
    Published on 08-26-2018 11:28 AM
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    Jean-Luc Van Den Heede first to round Cape of Good Hope
    Philippe Péché and Antoine Cousot to retire from the Race
    Navigation warning posted heralds first Southern Ocean storm
    Dateline: 00:00 24-08-18 Les Sables D’Olonne:

    Race leader Jean-Luc Van Den Heede sailing his Rustler 36 yacht Matmut rounded the Cape of Good Hope at 20:00 UTC yesterday, the first of three major milestones in this 30,000 mile solo non-stop round the world race.

    The 73-year old yachtsman, who already holds the record for the fastest West-East solo circumnavigation against the prevailing winds, got an early reminder on Wednesday of what to expect now that he is entering the Roaring Forty latitudes after sailing straight across the Agulhas Current on Wednesday. Reporting 7m high waves, he texted Race HQ: SURPRISINGLY STRONG SEA WHEN THERE IS ONLY 30KT (WINDS) MAX!

    Norwegian Are Wiig (OE 32 Olleanna) and Ireland’s Gregor McGuckin (Biscay 36 Hanley Energy Endurance) trailing ...
    Published on 08-24-2018 12:08 PM
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    Puerto Portals, it’s “Press Play and Repeat”.
    (Friday 24th August, Puerto Portals) – The 2017 regatta on the Bay of Palma enjoyed the closest of finishes, this 2018 edition is shaping up for a repeat performance. Though they had their worst day of the regatta so far, returning a sixth and an eighth, Quantum Racing go into the final day of the Puerto Portals 52 SUPER SERIES Sailing Week with a lead of four points ...
    Published on 08-24-2018 11:15 AM
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    FRENCH LANGUAGE REPORT 24/08/2018 #GGR2018

    The wind is back for most of the competitors of the 2018 this morning. Only Igor Zaretskiy is not really ok, always stuck (0,4 knot...) ...
    Published on 08-21-2018 10:30 AM
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    The Signs of the proximity of the great south multiply within the grh 2018, even at the back of the fleet where Antoine Cousot (Chichester Category with Philippe fishing) notes the loss of 10°C in one week! He is still off Brazil... 2000 miles ...
    Published on 08-16-2018 10:08 AM
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    Interesting weather map today with those no wind holes dictating who gets to move and when in the next couple days. No major changes in Position . PHILIPPE is obviously working hard and steering by hand as much as possible making 5.7kts on course and chasing JL VDH who is making 6.6kts.now after a quite time while the no wind center of the pressure system moved over him during the last 24hrs. Good news for him as he is now on the right ...
    Published on 08-15-2018 08:50 AM
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    (Christophe Favreau's french language report translated poorly by some robo translation device)

    Big brake this morning in a fleet head. Jean-Luc van den heede looked forward to diving south. He finally decided ...
    Published on 08-11-2018 02:32 PM
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    NEWS ALERT – Philippe Péché reports loss of steerage in 50knot winds
    DAY 42 – Dateline 11. 8. 2018 – Les Sables d’Olonne, France

    57–year old Philippe Péché made an emergency call to the Golden Globe ...
    Published on 08-10-2018 08:45 AM
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    If JL VDH and PHILIPPE had access to Windyty weather forecasting and an onboard computer Routing system to suggest best course options, I doubt ...
    Published on 08-08-2018 10:08 AM
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    Latest UPDATE...NOT about the tracker, winners or leader board! #GGR2018

    Returning after a few days off the air and out of the office, I have experienced a strong impression of change in the fleet when I check in again on entrants. So instead of a blow by blow on latest tracker positions and who has made progress up or down the leader board etc the real story is the entrants ,their attitude and emotions.

    I am a bit lucky as I see it all as it happens. We actually talk to them on the phone during ...
    Published on 08-05-2018 08:33 AM
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    LATEST SAT TEX....Tapio still has PROBLEMS can't keep his engine running and solar pannels stil not working...Coconut is singing??? ARE had visitors onboard..and enjoy decodeing ISTVAN.. #GGR2018.


    Published on 07-26-2018 10:52 AM
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    The 2021-22 edition of the world’s premiere fully-crewed around the world race will feature two classes of boats, the IMOCA 60 and the VO65 class.

    Each class has its distinct characteristics, and the inclusion of both means the race will be more open and inviting to sailors and designers as well as more engaging to a broad spectrum of fans, increasing value for stakeholders.

    Crews will race boats within their own classes and ...
    Published on 07-18-2018 10:56 AM
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    Day 18 – Dateline: Rubicon Marina, Lanzarote Canaries. 18. July 2018

    With 6 Boats out already, the 12 remaining sailor carry on, but some will need some tending to ashore....

    Mark Slats - Ohpen Maverick still rolling downwind passed the Cape Verde Islands today, doing 5.2 knots, compared to 3.4 knots for Péché who is closer to the Senegal coast

    As the leading trio of Philippe Péché, Jean-Luc ...