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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 sun has the largest declination to the south for all using a sextant to navigate. It also often marks a period of unsettled weather but all seems fine for the GGR fleet for now. The thoughts of skippers are towards Christmas mixed with their drive to the finish line back at Les Sables d’Olonne.




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    Third placed Uku Randmaa rounded Cape Horn at 04:00 UTC on Wednesday (19th Dec). The 55-year old Estonian, has been here once before during a previous circumnavigation in 2011/12, but the emotional sighting was just as great: His text messages said it all: IT IS UNBELIEVABLE THAT I CAN SEE THE HORN. I AM THANKFUL FOR MY GODS followed by: THANKS TO SIR ROBIN FOR THE FOOTSTEPS AND ST MAWES SC FOR THE CAKE!

    He is of course referring to Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, winner of the first Sunday Times Golden Globe Race 50 years ago and to the ‘Aunt Eileen’ fruit cake that sustained Sir Robin that day, faithfully replicated by a Cornish baker and presented to each GGR skipper by members of the St Mawes Sailing Club in Cornwall for them to open at the Horn.

    Uku and his Rustler 36 One and All were then becalmed for a period, but now taking full advantage of westerly reaching winds to pass to the East of the Falkland Islands, hoping perhaps to miss the worst of the headwinds that Mark Slats is experiencing. There is no settled weather pattern for the region at this time of the year so no right or wrong way to head north. One thing is for sure; after months of savage Southern Ocean conditions ,Uku is enjoying the opportunity of lesser wind and lower swells.

    His Christmas message is: MANY ASK WHAT I DO AT XMAS? I’M SAILING!…BUT A MERRY XMAS TO ALL GGR FANS FROM ONE AND ALL! I HAVE COQ AU VIN DE BERGERERAC. NO DECORATIONS…JUST HEADWIND

    2,163 miles ahead, Mark Slats sailing the second Rustler 36 Ohpen Maverick, continues to surprise everyone with his sustained high speed to windward, regularly making 6 knots. The forecast shows continued headwinds for many days to come and in a text message yesterday, the Dutchman admitted : ALL GOOD. LIFE IS A LITTLE BORING HERE BEATING TO WINDWARD!

    When you live at a constant angle of heal everything is hard to do: eating, sleeping and doing anything on a spray-soaked deck. He is also too busy trying to catch Van Den Heede to focus on Christmas, and during the stress of departure, he reported this week that he had forgotten to pack any of his presents!

    Jean-Luc, sailing yet another Rustler 36 – Matmut – may be seeing Slats whittling away his lead bit by bit at , but knows that his wind angle gets better every day that he moves further north at 5-6 knots. He must be dreaming now about easing sheets and turning the corner around the South American bulge to benefitt from the Caribbean trade winds. It has been hard work, especially with a damaged mast, but he is making good progress. His Christmas present will be seeing Matmut regain some of her lead lost to Ohpen Maverick since rounding Cape Horn, but whenever he looks up at his mast, he knows there is still a long way to the finish!

    Jean-Luc’s Xmas message to all his followers is: WISHING EVERYONE A MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY NEW WORLD FOR 2019

    4th placed American/Hungarian Istvan Kopar currently sits between two areas of heavy weather, one to the North, the other South. He survived his biggest storm so far yesterday, and now has his Tradewind 35 Puffin running East as fast as possible. He is very happy onboard now that he has collected rain water to drink and while he will be living the Southern Ocean life for another week or more (Puffin is currently 1,300 miles West of Cape Horn), Istvan is looking forward to Christmas, and hopefully will be celebrating the New Year in the Atlantic.

    His Xmas message is: MERRY XMAS TO MY FRIENDS IN US, CANADA, HUNGARY, GERMANY, AUSTRIA, FRANCE AND AUSTRALIA. I HAVE NEVER BEEN WEALTHY, BUT RICH IN NUMBERS AND QUALITY OF FRIENDSHIPS.

    In a safety call to Race HQ today, Istvan added: “No decorations, but I will be changing my underwear and having a shave on Christmas Day. I’ve also fixed my cassette player so will have some Xmas songs to drink a special desert wine with that I have onboard. It will be a very lonely Xmas… the hardest ever… I’ll be thinking of family and missing them.”

    5th placed Finnish skipper Tapio Lehtinen sailing the Gaia 36 Asteria has pre-Xmas plans to clean barnacles from her hull without swimming. Instead of diving overboard and running a gauntlet between hungry sharks, he intended to try swinging out on the end of the spinnaker halyard, and using the boat hook with scraper attached, to walk along the hull like a rock climber. The weather maps show a near calm so we hope he is successful. Tapio wants to make Les Sables d’Olonne Agglomeration before April 22 – the GGR prize giving final party!
    Tapio’s Xmas message: MY RED NOSE IS THE DECORATION. SLICE OF SIR ROBIN’S FRUIT CAKE AND A SLUG OF JALLU,

    Russian skipper Igor Zaretskiy returned to Moscow today for a health check. If all proves well, he will be back on his Endurance 35 Esmeralda within a week and restarting the GGR from Albany, Western Australia in the Chichester Class. If not, he has until 14th January to restart, or wait for the winter season in the Southern Ocean to pass and restart after November 14.

    Explaining this restart announcement made by GGR organisers today, Don McIntyre, Race Chairman says: “It is important for safety and risk minimisation for us to know that Igor will round Cape Horn no later than the end of March when the winter storms in the Southern Ocean start to become prevalent. We have used the sailing progress set by Istvan Kopar from Cape Leeuwin and added an additional 3 days to calculate a total sailing time to the Horn of 78 days. Should Igor have an operation, then he will need to undergo another GGR medical and gain a release from his doctor that he is good to sail. We wish Igor well in the coming days and hope to see him back in the Race very soon.”

    Whiskey Galore
    Following our update on Gregor McGuckin’s Biscay 36 Hanley Energy Endurance on Monday, two groups have expressed interest in salvaging the yacht currently drifting some 1,200 miles West of Fremantle. The main attraction it seems is the barrel of Glendalough 7-year-old 777 single malt Irish whiskey onboard. The recovery of his boat would also make a great Christmas present for Gregor too!

    Race updates during the Xmas and the New Year.
    For the GGR team it is business as usual 24hrs a day, 7 days a week and we will continue to post news as it happens on the GGR Facebook page www.facebook.com/goldengloberace

    On New Year’s Day it will be exactly 6 months since the start of the Golden Globe Race from Les Sables d’Olonne so we will be saying cheers to our sponsor Champagne Mumm. And so too will our skippers. Two bottles were loaded aboard each yacht before the start, so even Mark Slats will have something to celebrate with!

    We wish you all a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!
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    End Of Year Update As Golden Globe Sails Into 2019


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    ALL ENTRANT UPDATE!
    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 as he was first confronted with the prospect of a severe storm about to form ahead of his track. He must turn back and head south to avoid it. Within hours the forecast changed and then changed again with computer models contradicting themselves. 24hrs later the storm arrived but fortunately he missed the worst of it with 45kt winds and 5-6mtr seas for just 8 hours, before being able to head north once again.

    Istvan Kopar Solo Circumnavigator Solo Circumnavigator is getting ready for a BIG celebration around 1200UTC on the 1st January as he should be around Cape Horn by then. He has just 125 miles to go and the weather all looks reasonable for now. The sea is around 5-6mtrs constantly and winds averaging between 25-40 knts for the past 36hrs but no complaints as it is all from behind and his PUFFIN is moving well.




    Tapio Lehtinen Sailing continues to make slow steady progress over the past few days with the forecast headwinds never arriving. He spent one day making small repairs to a few sails. He will be becalmed for New Years EVE with very light winds maybe and then start moving again for the New Year.

    Mark Slats reports all well onboard with no mention of problems with his mast base or Aries wind vane mounts so his repairs must be doing OK. He is just 250 miles from the Equator and still trailing Jean Luc VDH by 975 miles, so he is having to work hard not just to catch up but for now just to keep up. He is making 6.5knts (one knot faster than JL VDH) with 25kts trade winds on the beam. The forecast is suggesting he will be able to sail fast through the area of the doldrums which for now have disappeared.

    Jean Luc Van Den Heede has been sailing through the SARGASO SEA an areas of patchy sea weed that floats on the surface and it is catching on his log line and in his water generator. It should not slow the boat as it is light surface weed not like the heavy huge clumps of the Southern Ocean. 600 miles ahead he must stop and turn around to face his 18hr time penalty, so for now JL VDH is making the most of the Trade wind conditions sailing 5.7kts. as high as he can to the wind, but looking after his mast while keeping speed. It is tricky. His mast is fine so far. In a week when the trades finish, tactics and hard decision could open a door for MARK or JL VDH...
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    Uku About To Gety Slammed




    Uku Randmaa Golden Globe Race 2018 may NOT be fast enough! The forecast for 3rd January suggests he may meet the storm around 1100UTC. Considering his best speed and track he will at that time be just ahead of the STAR of the tracker map below. The system then moves over him. The map is for 1700hrs UTC. Based on that and his projected weather it may be as follows. ....
    0800UTC 3 Jan 30-35kts NNW- 1100UTC 40-50kts NW-1400UTC 50-60kts NW-1700UTC PEAK 55-65k? 6-7mtr sea - 2000UTC swing W then SW 50-60-kts then at 2400UTC dropping fast 30-35kts SW.....Good luck UKU and lets hope the forecast is gentler tomorrow!!


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    Jan 4th Golden Globe Update

    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 Atlantic and IGOR has not restarted. His forecast headwinds are just starting so progress is slow at 2.2kts on stb tack but he should Tack across soon to port and head SE with a strengthening NE wind that will send him faster on his way through the NO GO ZONE which is now open and on toward Cape Horn.

    Istvan Kopar Solo Circumnavigator is still smiling in his new world and likely to catch more water today with rain forecast and great sailing winds sending him NE on track. On the 6th his forecast headwinds will only last a few hours and then he is on his way again, so all is good right now as long as his steering gear box keeps rolling and his wind vane rope drum keeps turning.



    Uku Randmaa Golden Globe Race 2018 is winding down after his bush with a storm that is continuing to grow into a monster! as it moves away. His fast push North East paid off keeping his experience in the storm to about 9 hours only with no reports of damage, but a good story to tell later. Even today as he sails at only 3.7kts in 15kt winds the sea is still around 6 mtrs as it slowly dies down. It has only been in the last few hours he can relax as a BIG sea after the storm can be quite challenging. Winds are all favorable for the next for the next two days, but then he may be becalmed in warmer temperatures and possibly smooth seas. He still has a few barnacles not cleaned off since Hobart so will he will try again? One thing is certain, today he is relaxing after all the emotional energy spent with this last storm.




    Mark Slats has been eating plenty of fresh fish and slowed a little yesterday in unsettled Doldrum type weather with thunderstorms and squalls, but looks like he is clear into the start of the NE Trades now and once again sailing well at 5.9 kts. The trades should strengthen and become consistent in the next day or so and he will rapidly catch up to JL VDH as he now sails out of the Trades and will have to make new tactical decisions with the weather. He must also serve his 18 hour time penalty that will come up in the next 24 hrs. He is just 85 Miles from 20 North lat. The next week will be very important for both sailors as it will possibly set the scene for the run to the finish. If Mark can quickly make ground and move out into a similar weather pattern as JL VDH he may be able to hunt him down, but if JL VDH gets a break with the weather and makes good decisions and they enter this new area in two distinctly different weather systems it may be difficult? Mark loves the chase! He is 880 miles behind today with 2900 miles to the finish!!

    Jean Luc Van Den Heede is slowing down with the North edge of trade winds moving south sending very light winds. Often the Trades extends well past 20 North Latitude but not so today. GGR will give him his time slot for the 18 hour time penalty when he makes his final approach to 20N and then he will have to tack back across and stay south of that line for at least 18 hours before continuing on. All is well onboard and a whole new race through the confusing weather systems ahead is about to begin. This is going to be very challenging and a wrong weather decision could cost much more than the issues of sailing slow with a damaged mast... watch this space...the RACE continues.
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    Jan 8th Update

    ENTRANT UPDATE #GGR2018 8/1/2019




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    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 ..MAKE NORTH every opportunity LARGE storm 11th at 2300UTC preceded by strong NW wind. Need to be 100 Miles North of present position soonest. GDLK..... The winds are dropping where he is and tomorrow it is expected to go very light before the northerlies start so it my be challenging to make speed north. If the Forecast holds true he will possibly experience the top edge of this storm and experience wind of up to 50kts but only time will tell.

    Istvan Kopar Solo Circumnavigator has heavy winds approaching his area. and was also issued the following weather alert today ....ALERT 1800UTC WNW wind increase 35kt 2400utc W 45-55kt @ 0600UTC 9th Jan. WNW 30-35kt BUT storm just south so get North when possible from now. GDLK. ... If the forecast stays true Istvan should be able to clear the worst of this and keep sailing fast in the right direction but he will have some windy days!





    Uku Randmaa Golden Globe Race 2018 certainly attracts storms but this time it looks like it may help a little as a strong storm cell is set to pass close South of him over the next 24 hours and deliver good breeze to head North again after a day of frustrating head winds. All is well onboard and in yesterdays weekly sat phone call he described how his last storm as quite severe running under bare poles with no sails up and towing warps with 60kt plus winds and large confused seas. He knows now he still has a long way to the finish and this adventure is far from over while anything can happen. So far so good and he sounds happy!




    Mark Slats is pushing himself and his boat to the limit right now into 25kt winds and 3mtr seas. His challenge is to balance the desire for speed with looking after himself and the boat. he is a great sailor but this is now his biggest challenge. Not JL VDH! the weather is consistent and he is making an average 5.7kts every hour of every day heading in basically the right direction! things are changing in the RACE but it is still a long way to the finish and anything can happen.

    Jean Luc Van Den Heede frustration must be immense right now. He is creeping slowly forward in this no wind zone hand steering and concentrating. The forecast is impossible to pick small areas of local wind, so we do not know what is coming and nor does he, other than it will be light and this is more challenging that the Southern Ocean where you balance too much wind. He will get less sleep in the days ahead than maybe anytime in the whole voyage. He looks for ever puff and probably cannot sleep anyway. This NO WIND ZONE appeared on the 3rd January and will not leave until the 10th a one week hole! and it is not over yet.
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    January 13: The Finish Is Elusive



    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, but also in direction and is now moving further West toward him. The only way for him to miss that is to now turn South instead of going SE and let it slide by in front. It was good to see him sailing fast for a change at over 5kts even dragging the Barnacles!


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    Istvan Kopar Solo Circumnavigator is making the most of good breeze and favorable currents sailing at 5.2kts catching Uku Randmaa Golden Globe Race 2018 a little each day, so things are happy onboard. UKU is sitting in a NO WIND Hole making at times less than 1kt, feeling as if he is getting dragged South by the wrong currents. His luck is not going to change in a hurry, as he is in an area of continuing light variable winds that could become normal over the next five days slowing his progress dramatically. The expected trade winds have gone for now. Even though ISTVAN is also going to struggle getting North, he may do better than UKU who is currently 1050 miles ahead. Can ISTVAN catch up? He will gain a little over the next few days maybe, but It will all come down to the weather. There is still a long way to go to Les Sables d'Olonne and the finish.




    Mark Slats continues to push hard to windward in light winds with speeds dropping to 4.8kts still in the right direction. He has kept ahead of a No wind zone chasing him from behind. that could have been disastrous for him! Conditions will soften over the next 24 hours and the direction could swing NW that will allowing him to continue North a little easier. The small Low pressure system to the North for now is dominating the wind direction and may favor Mark more than JL VDH who has stronger wind, but the direction is not helping him as it is right from where he needs to go. In 36 hours the Low pressure system dissolves into a constant light NE wind flow for both Mark and JL so their overall relative position may not change too much before then. While they both must push North for now, there is a traditional AZORES HIGH forming ahead of them in the future with NO WIND in the middle that will block their path. Then the race will be to get across to the NW and meet the favorable SW winds that will push then across the top of the Azores and into the final run towards Les Sables. First one across may well win the GGR so the next week is critical.
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    hings Tighten Up In Golden Globe

    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


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    With less than 1,700 miles back to the finish in Les Sables d’Olonne, 2nd placed Dutchman Mark Slats has sliced a further 393 miles out of Jean-Luc Van Den Heede’s lead In terms of distance to finish over the past 8 days. At 08:00 UTC today, the gap was just 49 miles, Slats having gained 205 miles in the past 48 hours.

    Jean-Luc, whose Rustler 36 Matmut has led the Golden Globe Race since passing the Cape of Good Hope and at one stage held a 2,000 advantage, has seen his lead being whittled away ever since the 73-year-old Frenchman suffered a knock-down and sustained damage to his mast during a Southern Ocean storm in the South Pacific in November 1.

    Van Den Heede still holds a weather advantage and once passed the influence of the Azores high pressure system, should be first to benefit from the reaching winds that will give him an easier passage north towards the Bay of Biscay.

    But Slats is pushing hard despite a few problems of his own. In a satellite call to Race HQ on Monday, the Dutchman reported for the first time that he ran out of fresh water supplies a week ago, and is now using his emergency desalinator to turn salt water into fresh. It is hard work. An hour of pumping with both hands produces just 750ml of water – barely a cup full. The average daily intake is 2.5litres – 3 hours pumping!

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    Barnacles
    He also reported that during a period of calm three weeks ago he had dived on Ohpen Maverick‘s hull and completely cleaned the bottom of growth and slime. `’It was perfect” he said yesterday. So imagine his surprise when he dived again five days ago to find the hull infested with barnacles once more. “The biggest are 3.5cm long, but most are about 1.5cms. They are growing all over the hull.” His first efforts to clean the bottom again were thwarted by the sudden appearance of a 3.5m shark, but he will use the next period of calm to have another go. “So far, this must have cost me about 50 miles.”

    Third placed Estonian skipper Uku Randmaa whose Rustler 36 One and All, has also been beset by barnacle growth since crossing the Indian Ocean, is today caught in calms in the South Atlantic, some 3,000 miles behind the leading duo. He dived yesterday, and reported: “I’m swimming with dolphins.” We hope he recognises the difference between these mammals and their more aggressive distant cousins!

    800 miles to the South, American/Hungarian Istvan Kopar is making great progress northwards in his Tradewind 35 Puffin, seemingly having overcome his self-steering problems but had to stop for half a day to repair the wheel drum connecting ropes to the boat main steering.

    As is Finland’s Tapio Lehtinen aboard his Gaia 36 Asteria who avoided the worst of one storm last week and is attempting to outrun another today. Now within 1,700 miles of Cape Horn but still beset with barnacle growth, he was making 4.3 knots today. Behind him though is the sceptre of Sir Robin Knox-Johnston‘s Suhaili catching up in their virtual race round the world. Suhaili‘s relative position from 50 years ago was 512 miles behind a week ago. Today, the distance is nearer 280!

    Igor Zaretskiy postpones restart from Albany
    Back in December barnacle growth and rigging issues forced 6th placed Russian skipper Igor Zaretskiy to stop in Albany, Western Australia where a medical examination found a continuation of a heart condition, and he flew home to Moscow for further tests. Would this be the end of his challenge?

    The good news is that his doctors and team believe it is not, but time to re-start within the Summer window in the Southern Ocean has run out. Igor‘s plan now is to restart in the Chichester Class sometime in October, to coincide with the Southern hemisphere Summer and complete what he started. In a statement, he says: “There is a natural and always reasoned rule: fight to the end. Until you see the buoy at Les Sables d’Olonne, the race cannot be stopped”

    There is no time limit for competitors in the Chichester Class

    Robin Davie safe and well after extended voyage from Les Sables d’Olonne back to Falmouth
    2022 GGR entrant Robin Davie returned to Falmouth on Saturday four days after he was posted overdue and largely unaware of concerns for his safety. UK Coastguard had issued an All Ships Alert for his Rustler 36 C’EST La VIE after his brother reported him overdue, which he answered late Friday night. Explaining his delay, Robin said: “Faced with calms and very light head winds, I decided to take a long tack out into the Atlantic and back to test the boat in these conditions. We know that this race is won and lost, not in gale force winds, but when they are light so I used the time to test myself and the boat. Because these boats don’t have autopilots and rely on wind-vanes to steer by, we followed the wind on a circuitous route that extended the distance from a 300 mile direct course to nearer 700 miles. I was well out of radio range, and it was not until I was 25 miles SW of the Scilly Isles that I first heard the alert.”

    Ham radio Net
    Sailors have been making use of the amateur Ham radio net for decades. Competitors in the Nedlloyd Spice Race from Jakarta to Rotterdam back in 1979 were surprised to find that King Hussain of Jordan was an avid amateur operator and regular participant on their net. National telecommunication authorities have often turned a deaf ear to unlicensed operators using made-up call signs while at sea. But this may be coming to an end following a warning from one National regulator to a GGR skipper. They warn: “You use an amateur callsign and are making connections with amateur radio operators. The call sign letters are not registered, and thus illegal. I ask you to stop. If you have a legal amateur callsign then I urge you to present it”.

    Fair warning both to unregistered GGR skippers and to legitimate Ham radio operators communicating with them. In Britain, the Ham Radio net is controlled by OFCOM, which recently revoked more than 500 licences for non-compliance. This includes communicating with unregistered Ham radio operators. The maximum penalty is 6 months in prison, a £5,000 fine and loss of their licence.

    GGR skippers have been using this free communication system to gain weather forecasts and maintain contact with their teams, which is allowed under the Race Rules, It is the responsibility of each skipper to ensure that they abide by National and International regulations. Such transgressions may not affect the outcome of the Race unless broadcasts have included position reports of GGR yachts which are not allowed. Should that be proved, then skippers face an immediate 48 hour penalty for the first offence, followed by disqualification.

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    Mark Slats, who is less than 50 miles from Golden Globe Race leader Jean-Luc Van Den Heede, has announced he is thinking about retiring from the race after being banned from broadcasting on the Ham Radio Net.

    Race organisers said the Dutch skipper does not have the required licence, and has been warned by the Dutch authorities to stop broadcasting, which has left him unable to communicate with his shore team.

    Under the rules of the race, all of the entrants are able to use this free communication system to gain weather forecasts and maintain contact with their teams, but, it is the responsibility of each skipper to ensure that they abide by national and international regulations.

    In a media release, race organisers said: ”National telecommunication authorities have often turned a deaf ear to unlicensed operators using made-up call signs while at sea. But this may be coming to an end following a warning from one National regulator to a GGR skipper. They warn: “You use an amateur callsign and are making connections with amateur radio operators. The call sign letters are not registered, and thus illegal. I ask you to stop. If you have a legal amateur callsign then I urge you to present it”.

    ‘Fair warning both to unregistered GGR skippers and to legitimate Ham radio operators communicating with them. In Britain, the Ham Radio net is controlled by OFCOM, which recently revoked more than 500 licences for non-compliance. This includes communicating with unregistered Ham radio operators. The maximum penalty is 6 months in prison, a £5,000 fine and loss of their licence.’

    The latest message from 41-year-old Slats on social media suggests that if he is unable to get weather information, he may think about quitting.

    “Thinking about retiring from if I cannot weather safety first,” he wrote.


    Golden Globe Race organisers said a daily weather report is sent out over the Ham Radio Net, which Slats should be able to receive.

    There is no race penalty for competitors who broadcast on the net without a licence.

    This is not the only problem facing Slats.

    He has informed Race HQ that he is having to use his emergency desalinator to turn salt water into fresh after running out of fresh water a week ago.

    Barnacles have also made an unwelcome return, attaching themselves to the hull of Slats’ Rustler 36, Ohpen Maverick.




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    Seems like a long way to go to quit just because they wont let you play with your ham.

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    Sounds kinda personal.

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