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    Published on 01-15-2019 10:24 AM
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    Day 198 – Mark Slats closes to within 50 miles of Van Den Heede in nail-biting race to the finish
    Difference in distance to finish now reduced to 49 miles
    Slats runs out of fresh water – has been using his emergency desalinator for past week
    Barnacles return
    Questions raised over use of Ham radios
    Dateline: 12:00 UTC 15. 01. 2019 – Les Sables d’Olonne, France


    With less than 1,700 miles back to the finish in Les Sables d’Olonne, 2nd placed Dutchman Mark ...
    Published on 01-14-2019 10:52 AM
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    After two and a half months of stand-by, Spindrift 2 is preparing to leave for a new attempt on the Jules Verne Trophy. The crewed round the world sailing record has been held since 2017 by Francis Joyon, who completed the non-stop course in 40d 23h 30m. Spindrift 2, the giant black and gold 40 metre trimaran, is planning ...
    Published on 01-13-2019 10:24 AM
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    ENTRANT UPDATE ...JL VDH and MARK struggle north.

    Tapio Lehtinen Sailing heavy weather has passed and the storm approaching from the NW late on the 15th is decreasing in strength, ...
    Published on 01-10-2019 12:22 PM
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    January 7, 2019

    Day 95

    Noon Position: 46 58S 53 14E

    Course(t)/Speed(kts): ExN 7

    Wind(t/tws): WxN 17 – 26

    Sea(t/ft): NW 10 – 12

    Sky: Partly Sunny

    10ths Cloud Cover: 8

    Bar(mb): 993, rising

    Cabin Temp(f): 57

    Water Temp(f): 41

    Relative Humidity(%): 75

    Sail: Working jib, two reefs

    Noon-to-Noon Miles Made Good (nm): 161

    Published on 01-08-2019 10:46 AM
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    ENTRANT UPDATE #GGR2018 8/1/2019


    Tapio Lehtinen Sailing is now trying to head East and North as there is a storm approaching in the next few days. GGR have issued him the following weather alert ...
    Published on 01-08-2019 10:31 AM
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    2019: an unprecedented boom for the IMOCA class

    The IMOCA class has never experienced such enthusiasm and as 2019 gets underway, it looks like being a very exciting year. At least six new generation IMOCAs will be launched in 2019 and more than thirty boats will be out there racing with in particular the Transat Jacques ...
    Published on 01-04-2019 01:35 PM
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    ENTRANT UPDATE .. JL VDH Time Penalty and UKU Happy! #GGR2018

    Tapio Lehtinen Sailing is feeling like Captain NEMO right now in a lonely Pacific Ocean all to himself now that ISTVAN is in the ...
    Published on 01-02-2019 03:20 PM
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    Current Position

    Uku Randmaa Golden Globe Race 2018 may NOT be fast enough! The forecast for 3rd January suggests he may meet the storm around ...
    Published on 12-31-2018 02:48 PM
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    Due to a structural malfunctioning of the cleanup system, today we made the decision to return to port earlier than planned. We will set sail as soon as an appropriate weather window is available.

    Published on 12-31-2018 02:38 PM
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    ISTVAN ETA at Cape Horn 1200UTC 1st January???

    Uku Randmaa Golden Globe Race 2018 Golden Globe Race 2018 has been going nowhere for nearly two days ...
    Published on 12-26-2018 10:35 AM
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    The Sydney Morning Herald Reports

    A 21-metre yacht that was intended to race in the Sydney to Hobart is "under arrest" and welded to the dock at Rushcutters Bay marina, after the Polish sailing crew who had chartered it launched legal proceedings against its owner in the Federal Court.

    The crew from Yacht Club Sopot, in northern Poland, had its race dream dashed just days ...
    Published on 12-26-2018 09:27 AM
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    As the competitors reach midnight on Day 1 of the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race, a smattering of early retirements has left the fleet even hungrier for the line honours and overall prizes. After the lead changed with every tack at the Sydney Harbour start, the trend seemed to be continuing with Comanche blasting off in the building sea breeze, only to be hunted down again by her lighter-wind-favoured ...
    Published on 12-22-2018 02:21 PM
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    Day 173 – December 21. 2018 – Longest day in the Southern Ocean
    Mark Slats reduces Jean-Luc Van Den Heede’s lead by 87 miles in 4 days
    Uku Randmaa rounds Cape Horn
    Istvan Kopar surrounded by storms
    Tapio Lehtinen tackles his barnacle problems
    Dateline 16:00 UTC 21.12. 2018 – Les Sables d’Olonne, France

    Today is the longest day of the year in the Southern Hemisphere so the ...
    Published on 12-20-2018 10:32 AM
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    Golden Globe Race
    9 hrs ·

    ISTVAN KOPAR looks to be through the worst of the heavy ...
    Published on 12-18-2018 09:52 AM
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    UPDATE.. Istvan Kopar Solo Circumnavigator is sailing straight into a fast forming storm cell that is now moving more south down in front of him. He has been advised to sail south for 18 hours letting it pass ahead. The map shows wind in 15hrs and he should be at the bottom marker then.

    Mark Slats is driving to windward in moderate seas with 2-3mtr beam seas and plenty of water over the deck! He has blown out his companionway dodger. It is also too rough to call as he will be healing hard and he usually makes the call from inside the orange dodger ...
    Published on 12-16-2018 12:22 PM
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    UPDATE: SUNDAY 16th. Jean Luc Van Den Heede is struggling again to reach the favourable easterly winds just ...
    Published on 12-14-2018 02:12 PM
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    After arriving in Punta Arenas today, I’m still a little wobbly both emotionally and physically as I find my land legs again.

    I arrived with a heavy heart, no longer a competitor in the Golden ...
    Published on 12-13-2018 10:22 AM
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    UPDATE, #GGR2018 13/12/18

    Jean Luc Van Den Heede is still pushing head winds while Mark Slats rockets north with tail winds rapidly closing the gap. In the next 24hrs he should be just 700 miles behind and putting more pressure on before his winds move to the north and slow him down as the high pressure center moves across.

    Istvan Kopar Solo Circumnavigator is rushing south as fast as he can to get below the storm forming to his northwest. At this stage the tactic seems to be working as the system moves as predicted so far but this could change. He ...
    Published on 12-12-2018 01:08 PM
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    Article just released on Ouest-France written by Jacques Guyader

    Ultimate World Tour. Patricia Brochard: "No way to compete with the Vendée Globe"

    President of the Ultim Class 32/23, behind the creation of Brest Oceans, whose departure in December 2019 has just been postponed, explains to Ouest-France what led to this decision. And opens the door to a postponement in 2021.

    Patricia Brochard, how has the Brest Oceans decision-making ...
    Published on 12-12-2018 10:08 AM
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    The IMOCA class continues to push forward

    The IMOCA class held its annual general meeting on Tuesday 11th December in Paris. This gathering enabled the class to present its appraisal of what was a very positive 2018 season coming to a climax with an outstanding edition of the Route du Rhum, destination Guadeloupe.

    In fine fettle, the IMOCA has now included ...