• Things About To Get Real For Golden Globesters


    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 their safety check and monitor all messages. WE get feed back from their managers about radio calls. All exciting info we try to get up here on GGR FB instantly. But it is all in the detail. It builds a picture. It tells you more if you put that into context outside just the Race.

    I can tell you now some are starting to wonder why they are doing this. They are having down days. They are starting to Question all the things they are missing out on and contemplate what is to come. They all know what is coming.

    Loic has no HF radio and each week is more isolated and alone. It shows. He is now starting to ration water. Susie is a strong characture and is in the GGR for all the right reasons. She is deep into this adventure and riding that same emotinal rollercoaster that you read about in all the books including from the orignal 1968 Golden Globe. No one can know what she is really going through. But every know and then you see she is both a great sailor and an ordinary human with ordinary emotons. Sometimes we place entrants on a pedistal and think they are doing it easy. This is a tough challenge and hats off to them all. But yes even Susie has bad days!

    Tapio is feeling very low contemplating Cape Town. It is in his voice. You may say How do I know..well you can just sense it. All the entrants know the tweets and phone calls are going out to you. So just like in ordinary facebook personal posts we tend to live a FB life...entrants are sometimes trying to put on a happy face!...all these entrants are real people with nothing to hide. But it is in the little things that we can see a change.

    Ok Captain Coconut and Are Wiig are two guys I will conceed are simply having a Ball!..no questions asked. We feel that too. But spare all the entrants a moment. Talking about leader boards and distance made good all the time and who is winning can make us forget what they are doing and going through.

    The fleet has matured. Some are gone. From me as the organiser, I am happy that all those currently sailing are stronger now than when they left Les Sables d'Olonne. In less than a week the leaders will meet the Southern Ocean. Shortly after so will the rest. There is no way out now. The stakes get very serious very soon! Stand by for honest judgements and what may be real surprises from entrants.

    Soon you will sense real fear in these voice reports and tweets. Think about that.

    The #GGR2018 is more than a Race. It is a HUGE adventure, a Cultural Renaissance like nothing that has gone before and we are all privileged voyeurs to a special group of real sailors, living a beautiful dream, 24 hrs a day for month after month.


    Day 37: East is least…but is West best?
    Dateline Les Sables d’Olonne, France. 6th August 2018

    This week should determine who leads the Golden Globe Race. Forget the computer standings. As this fleet of singlehanders bash their way through the South East Trade winds towards the Roaring Forty latitudes of the South Atlantic, all eyes are on the South Atlantic High pressure system and the effect this will have on the leaders.

    Dutchman Mark Slats sailing the Rustler 36 Ohpen Maverick may be back in 11th on the leader board, but is the furthest south on the same latitude as Vitoria Brazil, having taken an extreme easterly course to skirt around the High, whereas fellow Frenchmen Jean-Luc Van Den Heede (Rustler 36 Matmut) and Philippe Péché (Rustler 36 PRB) are taking a more central route down the Atlantic.
    Van Den Heede moved into the lead over the weekend simply by virtue of being closest to the computer lay line between the Cape Verde Islands and the Cape of Good Hope. He and Péché are 100 miles apart in terms of longitude and Péché is 37 miles further south, but both are caught on the western side of the High and running into light airs.

    Slats, almost 800 miles west of the leader, is now experiencing a stronger, more favourable northwesterly airstream and making 7knots – 1.5knots faster than his rivals. “ALL OK, NICE WINDS AND I CAN MAKE SOME EAST JE’HA!” He messaged Race HQ on Sunday.

    The remaining fleet is equally divided on their tactics. Ireland’s Gregor McGuckin (Biscay 36 Hanley Energy Endurance), India’s Abhilash Tomy (Suhaili replica Thuriya), Frenchman Loïc Lepage (Nicholson 32 Laaland) and Australian Mark Sinclair (Lello 34 Coconut) are all following Slats’ example, while Estonia’s Uku Randmaa (Rustler 36 One and All), Norwegian Are Wiig (OE 32 Olleanne), Finland’s Tapio Lehtinen (Gaia 36 Asteria) and Russian Igor Zaretskiy (Endurance 35 Esmeralda) are continuing down the shorter easterly route. Only Britain’s Susie Goodall (Rustler 36 DHL Starlight) is making the break from east to west.

    For some, the past week has been one of niggles. McGuckin and American/Hungarian Istvan Kopar (Tradewind 35 Puffin) have suffered broken halyards, which have meant climbing to the top of their masts to replace them. Frenchman Antoine Cousot (Biscay 36 Métier Intérim) now relegated to the Chichester Class following his stop in the Canaries, twisted his ankle while changing headsails on the foredeck. He also reported engine issues, a problem shared by Lehtinen who messaged on Saturday that his new engine with just 49 hours of running time stops after 5 seconds. The Finn is also struggling with power from the many solar panels on Asteria which instead of producing 300 watts are generating just 3 watts. Race leader Jean-Luc Van Den Heede has been suffering similar problems with some of the solar panels on Matmut, but still has his water generator and engine to keep batteries charged.

    Igor Zaretskiy, who had to make major repairs to the mainsheet system on his Endurance 35 Esmeralda, a week ago, has been suffering from steering issues over the weekend. The Russian complained that he could only turn the wheel one way and had to employ the mizzen sail in order to tack the boat through the wind.

    Mark Sinclair has also been using nature’s forces to help with the mechanics aboard his yacht Coconut by changing headsails in heavy winds by trailing the halyards behind the boat to hoist the new sail. Ever cheerful, Sinclair reported overnight: “FLYING FISH GLIDING OFF EITHER BOW AS COCONUT THUNDERS SOUTH”

    Water is now becoming an issue. While gale force winds and squalls have been a continuing thread since crossing the Equator, they have not been accompanied by the usual rain showers in the South East Trades or in the Doldrums. Most skippers have consumed around 100 litres during the first month and now the priority is to collect fresh water to supplement their meagre supplies.

    Position report at 08:00 UCT

    Jean- Luc VDH (FRA)Rustler 36 Matmut
    Philippe Péché (FRA) Rustler 36 PRB
    Uku Randmaa (EST) Rustler 36 One and All
    Are Wiig (NOR) OE 32 Olleanna
    Tapio Lehtinen (FIN) Gaia 36 Asteria
    Susie Goodall (GBR) Rustler 36 DHL Starlight
    Igor Zaretskiy (RUS) Endurance 35 Esmeralda
    Loïc Lepage (FRA) Nicholson 32 Laaland
    Abhilash Tomy (IND) Suhaili replica Thuriya
    Gregor McGuckin (IRE) Biscay 36 Hanley Energy Endurance
    Mark Slats (NED)Rustler 36 Ohpen Maverick
    Mark Sinclair (Aus) Lello 34 Coconut
    Istvan Kopar (USA) Tradewind 35 Puffin

    Antoine Cousot (FRA) Biscay 36 Métier Intérim

    Francesco Cappelletti (ITA) Endurance 35 007

    Ertan Beskardes (GBR) Rustler 36 Lazy Otter
    Kevin Farebrother (AUS) Tradewind 35 Sagarmatha
    Nabil Amra (PAL) Biscay 36 Liberty II
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Golden Globe Race Ushers In July started by Photoboy View original post