• Dec 18 UPDATE: 1 Week Till Christmas

    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 but now must close the hatch.
    message just sent.

    CANT CALL ROUGH WEATHER AND BIMINI GOT RIPPED OFF BY WAVE N Position: 29' 55.154 S 039' 48.815 W at 18 Dec 08:59 UTC

    Tapio Lehtinen Sailing is in strong winds and sitting in his hatch dome using his steering pedals to assist the Wind Pilot self steering gear in fast sailing conditions but the barnacles are still dragging!

    Jean Luc Van Den Heede is happy anytime he is on Starboard tack and he is right now in light winds. #GGR2018


    If Mark slats has certainly become a serious threat since Jean-Luc Van Den Heede's mast damage, the leader does not drop anything. This weekend, he even slightly extended his advance, thanks to a slightly more favourable winds. 800 miles now separate the first two competitors of the golden globe race 2018, and it seems that this gap is dedicated to Oscillate throughout this atlantic ascent. The next few days will obviously be at the advantage of the race leader who will benefit from a slightly more favourable angle (through) that should allow him to pass the tip of Recife, off Brazil, without being forced to fire while his Chasing will have to compose with face winds for at least two days.

    Atlantic issues are also emerging for uku randmaa. Solid third since the unfortunate abandonment of Susie Goodall, who touched earth last Friday, Estonian is only 220 miles away from Cape Horn, a little less than two days of navigation under conditions that appear to be lenient since the Big time goes away in front of him. This is not the case of istvan the. Until this morning, the Americano-Hungarian seemed even threatened by the biggest storm in grh 2018 if the forecast models had not evolved in a reassuring way in the last few hours, giving hope for a solid but reasonable conditions for the Great South (strong winds, big and long swell...)

    For Tapio Lehtinen, the long road is not going to lie down. The fault of the parasites that have inhabited its hull and the wind which, either opposite the direct road, is blowing low in the right direction. Of course he will benefit for at least two days from a good carrier breeze but will be caught up on Wednesday by a high pressure regime that will considerably slow him down. He's still 3250 miles from Cape Horn...

    Which remains much less than the 6000 miles that still separate igor zaretskiy from the Atlantic Gates. On a stopover in Albany to release his hull from the barnacles who had colonized him and to replace his broken-up with a better-sized nine, the Russian is likely to have to undergo an operation in Moscow, following the concerns of the first medical examinations . However, he would like to return as soon as possible to finish his race, even in Chichester



    Day 169 – Mark Slats gains another 154 miles on Jean-Luc Van Den Heede
    Igor Zaretskiy heads back to Moscow for medical checkup
    Istvan Kopar escapes one storm only to risk running into another
    Susie Goodall statement
    Uku Randmaa’s ETA at Horn – Wednesday 19th Dec
    Dateline 13:00 UTC 17.12. 2018 – Les Sables d’Olonne, France

    Dutchman Mark Slats has taken a further 154 miles out French Race leader Jean-Luc Van Den Heede over the past 7 days, reducing the gap to 794 miles with 4,300 miles still to run before the winner returns to Les Sables d’Olonne at the end of January.

    Both have had their share of problems during the past week. Slats, who was suffering severe stommach problems untl tracking the source to rotten milk, was forced to lie hove-st for the first time during this race after running into heavy head winds



    Since then, business has returned to normal but Slats has to endure another 500 miles of northerly winds before beginning to experience the Easterly air flow now benefitting Van Den Heede 13 degrees to the north.

    These head winds gave Van Den Heede equal concern at the end of last week when the pounding even in moderate conditions, extended the crack in Matmut‘s aready damaged mast. The 73-year old Frenchman was forced to climb the mast a sixth time to reinforce the temporary binding that is all that holds the lower shroud attachment points to the spreader above. Now that he is back to reaching across the winds, all seems OK for the moment, but he knows that to finish, he must sail very conservativly.

    Today, Estonian Uku Randmaa is within 230 miles of Cape Horn, and looking forward to rounding some time on Wednesday. He is experiencing boisterous 40 knot following winds at present, but the forecast suggests that this could die to almost nothing within the next 48 hours.

    Fourth placed American/Hungarian Istvan Kopar has repaired the failing bearings within the steering pedestal aboard his Tradewind 35 Puffin, and having successfully dodged the storm that threatened to overtake him last week by heading south into the NO-GO Zone, now faces the prospect of running the gauntlet before another low pressure system in 3 days time. This one threatens to be the biggest storm to-date with 60-70 knot winds and 12-15 metre seas. Race HQ has advised Kopar to thread his way south of the first small storm but not drop below 53S latitude before December 20.

    Finland’s Tapio Lentinen whose Gaia 36 Asteria remains covered in barnacles and trails in 5th place among the Glolden Globe racers some 6,300 miles behind the race leader, has a solid breeze in typical southern Ocean weather for now and will have been buoyed by the fact that he has taken 102 miles out of Jean-Luc‘s lead over the past week.

    Igor flying home for a medical
    Igor Zaretskiy, who dropped down to the Chichester Class after stopping in Albany Western Australia last week to rid his hull of barnacles and make repairs, announced today that he will return to Moscow for a health check before continuing in the race. In 2010, the Russian sailor suffered a heart attack after winning the Jester Challenge solo transatlantic race, and after undergoing a further health check in Australia last week, has been advised to return to Russia and see if further surgery in necessary.

    There is no time timit for Igor to restart in the Chichester Class – Francis Chichester stopped for 48 days in Sydney during his one-stop circumnavigation in 1966/7 – but there are practical limitations. After the end of March, the onset of winter storms in the Southern Ocean makes it unadvisable to attempt a Cape Horn. rounding until the following Spring.

    Susie Goodall statement
    After arriving in Punta Arenas on Friday, Susie Goodall thanked all those involved in her rescue and suggested that she can’t wait to get back to sea. In a statement she says;

    “If you asked me if I would do this again, now knowing what it’s really like, I would say yes in a heartbeat! But as I said to the Chilean Navy captain who brought me ashore from MV Tian Fu, ‘I created so much work for everyone involved in the rescue,’ to which he responded ‘Of course you must do it again!’

    You may ask why?! Some people just live for adventure – it’s human nature. And for me, the sea is where my adventure lies. Having grown up admiring Tracy Edwards and Ellen MacArthur, I just knew that one day I needed to try to do this too. Every seafarer understands the risks involved but that’s what makes us stronger and able to overcome other challenges in life.

    I can’t tell you what is next beyond spending time with family and friends over Christmas and enjoying a glass of grog, but that fire in my belly is far from out, so watch this space…!”
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