• 2 Skippers Retired From Golden Globe




    Mark Slats holds 3-mile lead over Philippe Péché
    Francesco Cappelletti withdraws from the Race
    Slow going for first 4 days of Golden Globe Race
    Dateline Les Sables d’Olonne, 5 July 2018

    ENGLISH : Sadly we have recieved the following message from Ertan Beskardes today...

    Due to personal reasons I have decided to retire from the GGR 2018. Thank you for your support during the last few months.




    Lazy Otter's Skipper Ertan Beskardes


    Francesco Cappelletti withdraws from the Golden Globe Race but joins the independent CAROZZO sailors.

    Entrants in the 2018 Golden Globe Race have set out from Les Sables d’Olonne, France on a solo, non-stop un-assisted circumnavigation without the aid of modern electronic navigation aids including GPS. If any competitors breech one rule of the Race, such as stop-over for assistance, or use the emergency GPS stowed in a sealed case for emergencies, they are moved to the Chichester Class as if, like Sir Francis Chichester in 1966/7, they have made one stop during their solo circumnavigation. Those in the Chichester Class become ineligible for any GGR trophies or rankings, but remain in the event.

    Should skippers breech the rules for a second time, they are no longer part of the GGR Event and the organisers have no responsibility or obligation to them. They will however continue to be tracked as independent CAROZZO sailors. This is in deference to Alex Carozzo, the Italian entrant in the original Sunday Times Golden Globe Race who left Cowes on 31st October 1968 (the last day allowed within the Rules) and then sat in isolation on a mooring for a further five days finalising preparations on his boat before setting sail. Alex later suffered an ulcer and was forced to stop in Lisbon to seek medical attention.

    Today, fellow Italian Francesco Cappelletti has accepted that his Endurance 35 007 will not be ready before the the closing date for starting the 2018 GGR at 13.30hrs on Saturday 7th July. Instead, he will now sail as a CAROZZO sailor giving GGR sailors the opportunity to continue to follow their own dream of making a solo circumnavigation as a personal challenge with no restrictions on navigation equipment or gear including the use of GPS and their sat phone. Their positions will be maintained on the GGR tracker and occasional reports may be given by the GGR organisers.

    Cappelletti must set out from Les Sables d’Olonne by 13.30hrs on 21st July and his retirement from the main event reduces the entry list in the 2018 Golden Globe Race to 17 skippers.

    Don McIntyre, Chairman of the Golden Globe Race said today: “We are very sorry to lose Francesco. He is not now part of the GGR event but remains part of the adventure and will doubtless continue to stay in communication with the other GGR sailors. We hope he will return to Les Sables d’Olonne in time to attend the GGR prize-giving April 22"


    The first four days of light, variable winds appear to have played into the hands of Golden Globe Race leader Mark Slats, the Dutch transatlantic rowing record-holder and his secret weapon – a pair of giant sculling oars.

    Slats overtook the initial fleet leader Philippe Péché during their first night at sea after leaving Les Sables d’Olonne last Sunday and has been a consistent front-runner since. At 06:00 UTC today the Dutchman held a 3 mile lead on second placed Péché as the leaders rounded Cape Finisterre and began their run south towards the Canaries and their first ‘gate’ off Lanzarote.

    The fleet is now spread out over a 100 mile distance with Australian Mark Sinclair currently trapped in very light airs close into the North Spanish coast and wishing perhaps that he too had an oar.

    The first four skippers, Slats, Péché, Estonian Uku Randmaa and French veteran Jean-Luc Van Den Heede have all shared the lead during this first week at sea and significantly perhaps, are all sailing Rustler 36 yachts. 12 miles is all that divides them today.

    The forecast does not bode well for the tail-enders with calms continuing in the Finisterre region over the weekend while the leaders can expect favourable 10 increasing to 20knot northerly winds as they run down the Portuguese coast.

    Francesco Cappelletti withdraws from the Race
    Back in Les Sables d’Olonne, Italian Francesco Cappelletti, whose late preparations delayed his departure with the rest of the fleet last Sunday, has announced his withdrawal from the Race. He had until 13:30 on Saturday 7th July to beat the race deadline for late starters, but the uphill struggle to complete safety inspections and a 360 mile solo trial sail has proved too great.

    The Rules allow for one breach of the strict solo, non-stop un-assisted circumnavigation without the aid of modern electronic navigation aids regulations that make this Race unique. Those that do, move down to the Chichester Class as if, like Sir Francis Chichester in 1966/7, they have made one stop during their solo circumnavigation.
    Those who breach the rules for a second time are deemed to have retired from the GGR Event and the organisers have no responsibility or obligation to them. They will however continue to be tracked as independent CAROZZO sailors. This is in deference to Alex Carozzo, the Italian entrant in the original Sunday Times Golden Globe Race who left Cowes on 31st October 1968 (the last day allowed within the Rules) and then sat in isolation on a mooring for a further five days finalising preparations on his boat before setting sail. Alex later suffered an ulcer and was forced to stop in Lisbon to seek medical attention.

    Francesco has elected to continue this round the globe adventure as an independent Carozzo sailor, and no longer constrained by the GGR Rules, can carry modern navigation aids including GPS and satellite phone. His positions will also be maintained on the GGR tracker and the GGR organisers may give occasional reports.

    “This is the best solution for me” Cappelletti said in Les Sables d’Olonne today, adding. “I am very pleased to continue in the tradition of the Golden Globe Race and stay in radio contact with the other skippers.”

    Don McIntyre, Chairman of the Golden Globe Race said today: “We are very sorry to lose Francesco. He is not now part of the GGR event but remains part of the adventure and will doubtless continue to stay in communication with the other GGR sailors. We hope he will return to Les Sables d’Olonne in time to attend the GGR prize-giving April 22 next year.”




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    GGR Leader board: 06:00 UTC 05.08.18

    Mark Slats (NED) Rustler 36 Ohpen Maverick
    Philippe Péché (FRA) Rustler 36 PRB
    Uku Randmaa (EST) Rustler 36 One and All
    Jean-Luc Van Den Heede (FRA) Rustler 36 Matmut
    Are Wiig (NOR) OE 32 Olleanna
    Tapio Lehtinen (FIN) Gaia 36 Asteria
    Igor Zaretskiy (RUS) Endurance 35 Esmeralda
    Loïc Lepage (FRA) Nicholson 32 Laaland
    Gregor McGuckin (IRE) Biscay 36 Hanley Energy Endurance
    Antoine Cousot (FRA) Biscay 36 Métier Intérim
    Susie Goodall (GBR) Rustler 36 DHL Starlight
    Abhilash Tomy (IND) Suhaili replica Thuriya
    Nabil Amra (PAL) Biscay 36 Liberty II
    Ertan Beskardes (GBR) Rustler 36 Lazy Otter
    Istvan Kopar (USA) Tradewind 35 Puffin
    Kevin Farebrother (AUS) Tradewind 35 Sagarmatha
    Mark Sinclair (Aus) Lello 34 Coconut




    LATEST SATELITE TEXTS...the leaders are now breaking into a favourable wind flow and speeds will slowly increase for them as they break away from the rest of the fleet, still bogged down in variable winds. This will all change in the next 24 hours to see all yachts start moving in consistant winds.

    68 MARK SLATS… IM IN NEED OF SPEED LOTS OF WHALES AROUND TIREDOFHANDSTERING Position: 42' 26.486 N 009' 57.894 W at 07:35 UTC
    JL.VDH…PETIT TEMPS SOUS SPI TRANQUILLE MAIS LENT!
    ARE WIIG.. 7 I HAVE JUST TALKED WITH TAPIO, ALL WELL THERE AND HERE.
    IGOR….SAD
    NABIL…HI GINA,MIS U MADLY.ERTAN RETIRED.SUPER SAD
    Philippe P….85 THIS ALARM !S LOUD + ANNOYING WOKE ME UP IS IT A REMINDER ?
    Antione..1S UNDER SPINNAKER FRENCHBEE TO FLY ACROSS THE OCEANS
    Kevin.. 13SHAMEABOUTERTANBUTDONTBLAMEHIMWHENSMYDAYOFF
    Coconut…88 BECALMED. ROLLING SIDE TO SIDE, WAITING FOR WIND
    Coconut.. PLEASE PASS ON MY BEST WISHES TO ERTAN & HIS FAMILY
    Susie…73 KITE UP & SUNSHINE.OUT OF BISCAY THANKFULLY
    GREGOR…22 VERY SAD TO HEAR ABOUT ERTAN. HE WILL BE SORELY MISSED
    UKU....SORY FOR ERTAN. UKU IS WELL. CACH SAME GOODWIND FOR THE SPINNAC



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