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    Slats Just 8 nm Back



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    Mark Slats still pushing north and sailing into the wind looking for the HIGH and talking BIG SHARKS and water..he caught 6 ltrs in a squall so happy for now! #GGR2018.

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    UPDATE all Entrants #GGR2018 Jean Luc and Mark Slats decision time,,,!, what will it be???




    Tapio Lehtinen Sailing is enjoying his sail south, deeper into the Southern Ocean toward Cape Horn but GGR have now alerted him to make east immediately as another storm is approaching from the SW in a few days and it may pass under him if he stays above 50 south Latitude. he is making 3.7kts and is 1500 miles still to run to the Cape Horn. His Auto Tuning unit for the HF SSB Radio is currently not working which means no radio traffic for now and he is trying to fix it so he can get weather reports that will be very important in the future.

    Istvan Kopar Solo Circumnavigator is sailing north fast and this will continue as the moderate SW wind builds into some very strong West winds. this will again let him make ground on UKU and in the next two days he could be just 250 miles behind on the track to the finish. Then he will enter a large head wind zone that could go on for weeks? that may give the game back to UKU

    Uku Randmaa Golden Globe Race 2018 is really struggling and very frustrated with the light headwinds and lack of progress over the past week that has seen ISTVAN catch up so much. He is working hard to grab every opportunity to sail north and wishes he was back in the southern ocean maybe where at least the wind was consistent! He wants to get home to see family but also because he has only just enough food to get to the finish line in late February! so his race is very real.




    Mark Slats is facing a real challenge now and there is no easy answer. whatever he does now will not give any advantage in the short term he had held his course high sailing to windward for days rather than take the western route around the Azores HIGH , maybe with the intention to go to the east. But the center is now blocking his way. He must decide now! Today! Is it WEST or EAST? If he does nothing he may be stuck in a no wind zone for a few days which is not good so expect to see a move today. Light head winds to the east is shortest track. Go west for faster sailing and it is a longer track?? He cannot talk to anyone about weather but he can listen in to the same weather forecast twice a day that JL VDH receives. One decision at a time and one step toward the finish but which is the right decision? I have no idea?


    JLVD's lead is up to 72nm at present


    Jean Luc Van Den Heede is benefiting from a clear game plan. He is where he always wanted to be riding the top of the Azores high. He has done this route many times before and now he has a few days of good fast sailing toward the finish. But will it last?. If he goes too far East probably not? as in two days things become light and variable which will require some delicate decisions on where next. But if he turns North tomorrow and goes through the Azores fast enough, a huge ladder to the North then NE may open for nearly a week of favorable winds and he could simply FLY AWAY from Mark slats? Will he take that?? Will the weather forecast be correct? Who knows but the game continues!!! If he gets that right and the ladder falls before MARK SLATS gets to it, JL VDH could create a sizable lead just one week from the finish. It may all hang on the next 48 hrs??? but the ETA for who ever is the winner looks like 1st FEB with a storm on the horizon for that last week? and that could change everything again!
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    JLVD Extends Lead As End Nears

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    ETA Jean Luc Van Den Heede is 31st January and all is well onboard. He swaps the rope holding the mast every time he changes the mainsail so he is busy and happy to have a good breeze. He is dreaming of HOME!! Soon.

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    221 nm with 984 nm to finish


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    #GGR2018 ENTRANT UPDATE: 21/1/19

    Mark Slats has been able to motor and sail across the center of the previous high into the same weather system as JL VDH thanks to his last reserves of fuel. This has kept him very much in the Race. He kept his reserve fuel for just this type of situation, but even he would not have thought over the past months that this plan would be so important or successful! JL VDH ran out of fuel some months ago. The High pressure they sail in now will deliver Mark moderate headwinds once again, so his current 6kts North may turn to a NE course then Northerly again as the wind veers East. This looks good for the next couple days and generally is right for making to the finish. BUT then it gets a little more complicated as the center of the high starts to dominate what each sailor can do??..and right now it could be anything??

    Jean Luc Van Den Heede is making 6.7kts in NW winds right to the finish but the center of the high with no wind is headed his way. He needs to get away fast. It looks like he may then just reach the top side of it and favorable wind direction, but it then gets complicated on the 24th. The center may catch him again and slow progress allowing Mark to make ground quickly. Basically the interplay with this HIGH is going to determine everything and the center can move anywhere. It is hard to forecast and predict. The next three days are going to be very important for both. Once they are above this it will be easier to see the final outcome. One thing is certain, the last week to the finish will be strong NW and N winds. JL VDH will have to push his mast to keep Mark away. This is his damaged side of the mast!!! He will have to sail hard or Mark has a huge advantage. Will he do that and think even under JURY RIG he will still be second?? Only time will tell...but it is an adventure for now with just 980 miles to the finish. He says he will arrive between the 30th and 1st Feb??

    Uku Randmaa Golden Globe Race 2018 is finally on the edge of moderate Easterly Trade winds that allow him to make good speed North and away from ISTVAN who closed the distance in the last week. Over the next week the wind strength will drop a little but the easterly and South easterly direction will hold all the way to the equator and he will sail on course all the way. It has been a tough time for him sitting for too long. Now he can dream of home once again.

    Istvan Kopar Solo Circumnavigator has challenges ahead to make any real progress for days and his turn now to watch UKU sail away. His current strong head winds could turn into NO WIND then light headwinds for the next four days or more as the HORSE latitudes start to impact his progress as it did for UKU. Looking a week ahead we see nothing but head winds. The life of a sailor is always interesting for sure!!

    Tapio Lehtinen Sailing went through his recent storm with no reports of damage but plenty of serious heavy weather. He is still at the tail end of it now with strong SW winds but the worst seas would have been on the wind shift early on when it swung from North West to SW with 65kts. He currently has 7-9mtr seas and while it is dropping now there is an even more challenging storm headed his way in the next two days. It is very hard to predict at the moment but it is being monitored. The sooner he can get out of the Southern Ocean and around Cape Horn the happier many will be ..But TAPIO will miss it, as there is no doubt he loves this special place, one of the last great true wilderness areas left on the planet.




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    Rent and JLVD Due By End Of Month




    ENTRANT update FRENCH LANGUAGE! 22/01/2019

    Jean Luc Van Den Heede is now in a position of strength to stay in the head and at the top of the anticyclone that could propel him into the bay of biscay for the last Everything will depend on the movement of the zone without wind This could slide in any direction and change the given, because it is always difficult to predict the movement of this anticyclonic centre. If he can get away with it, he'll have a straight path until the arrival. The winds will be through or back to the end. The challenge will then be simply to know with what strength and how far jl vdh can and will push his boat and shoot his mast? The wind of the last week is entirely focused on its port, where damage to the mast creates risks, and it could blow up to 40-50 knots. At some times. Eta now towards January 30?




    Mark Slats is now challenged to reach the favourable winds, as it undergoes strong winds in the anticyclone that spin the air in the direction of the needles of a watch. He's on the wrong side. He must and will probably fire off the north later in the day. Could this get worse depending on the system center? He could even move and curb his progress. The next two days will determine the final challenge for mark. After that, it could be a straight line race and there is no doubt that mark can be faster in most conditions, but how far behind jl vdh will it be at the beginning of this crucial sprint, And until the arrival? It seems we are watching right now, the two most important days of the grh for these two great sailors! This could determine the winner if the weather forecasts are correct for the next eight days and if both browsers don't break anything, because they both grow to max!

    Uku Randmaa Golden Globe Race 2018 will enjoy the next week of navigation worn by the alizées dreaming of home, family and food, as well as the epic battle that takes place in the head. For any sailor, navigation in the trade winds is the best thing, even more for a sailor who has traveled so much and has experienced so much. He must be very happy right now.




    Istvan Kopar Solo Circumnavigator describes his constant tests. So we can expect to hear a little more about it in the next few days. Time is confused as far as it is concerned. Actually, it's a real mess. No storm, no calm, no bad direction... just a little bit of everything, nothing and then much more. Yes, total confusion will be his best forecast for the next few days, so his progress to his country of origin is suspended. He'll just have to smile and bear it.. now uku will regain a bit of the lost distance.




    Tapio Lehtinen Sailing hang on for another trick. A potentially dangerous storm is approaching. He's trying to get North-East to stay as far away from the center as Fortunately, it will suffer the sudden wind change that will blow to the southwest before it reaches a speed of 60 to 70 knots with a sea of 9 to 11 m. The conditions are forming, for almost a day, before they reach its peak tomorrow. The storm almost stopped moving south of tapio, then started extending to the north to catch up? It's a little unusual, but we have great confidence in tapio and his beautiful boat. When it's over, another storm is planned in about five days. Welcome to the southern ocean.....
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    Not sure which radio rule breaker to root for, so, go the old guy!

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    A Beeline To The Finish

    ENTRANT UPDATE: 23/1/19 ..JL VDH 28th! MARK behind the HIGH!

    JLVD holds a 327 nm lead with 692nm to go!




    Jean Luc Van Den Heede is surely on the HOME RUN NOW! He will able to keep ahead of the center of the High pressure with good sailing wind. He is sailing now at 7kts and his speed should remain generally high for the next few days and maybe all the way direct to the finish in Les Sables d'Olonne. If the forecast holds true, there are no more tactics or weather to sail around. It is a simple race to the finish line. The storms expected at the finish have gone and there is a possible calm area that may cover JL VDH at the very end. This could allow MARK SLATS with a strong breeze to make ground so anything can happen and JL VDH will be checking his mast often! ETA 28th January!!!




    Mark Slats is heading north at 4.7kts along the edge of the no wind zone in the center of the High pressure. He cannot turn east until he is above that and fortunately it is moving down to meet him. He will have to balance his course very carefully with his barometer to ensure he does not move closer to the center, or he will have no wind and stop. Mark and JL both need no more weather reports. Weather now is irrelevant in many ways. JL VDH must go straight to the finish. MARK needs to do the same and he can simply use his barometer to make that final turn east. At that time we will all see the distance to JL VDH, his final challenge. Then it is a simple boat to boat race. It will not be easy for Mark but anything is possible as all adventures have an unknown outcome! The GGR is proving to be one Tough Adventure and an incredible Race to the finish. They and all the other entrants are winners.




    UKU RANDMA continues his track north in beautiful Trade wind conditions and for now even ISTVAN KOPAR is enjoying a good sailing breeze that will soon turn to the North so many days of windward work is all he can look forward to.




    Tapio Lehtinen Sailing is just on the edge of the worst in his storm which has stopped climbing north. His efforts to get out of the way helped greatly. He will still have 50-60kts and 10-11mtr seas but not for too long and it is quite severe south of him. There is more heavy weather coming after this but things look reasonable once he is through the next 18 hours! He reports all well onboard after a 10 hour sleep and the boat is ready!
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    A Final Blast For Matmut




    Skippers update FRENCH Language 24/01/2019 #GGR2018

    ETA JL VDH 1200HRS 28th January!

    Jean Luc Van Den Heede will have a new challenge. The last day before his arrival, a serious storm will form around matmut. Winds from 45 to 55 nds from the northwest, with waves of 8 to 10 metres are expected. This weather will put pressure on jl vdh and his boat. It now has the opportunity to slow down and delay its one-day approach to let it pass. But Mark Slats is not far behind. In the next 48 hours, Mark shift east towards the finish line, leaving the center of the anticyclone behind and pursuing the boat of jl vdh. It will be about 350 miles from jl vdh who will only have 350 miles to go until the arrival. Normally, it's impossible for mark to catch up with him, but everything can still happen Will jl vdh be safe and let him pass this storm?? It will only last 24 hours and fall quickly. It would be 24 hours later, but still with a good day ahead of Mark? No one knows and forecasts can still change in the next few days. This leaves us with a lot of suspense and it is up to the end, as well as new challenges and opportunities for both sailors They're both winners of course, but only one can be the first?





    Istvan Kopar Solo Circumnavigator will benefit from the next two days of light winds because if he knows the South-East Alizées are not far away. He'll be lucky if the forecasts are correct. He goes back to the pursuit of uku randmaa, which by then will be about 1000 miles ahead. Uku Randmaa Golden Globe Race 2018 takes the best part of the alizées, but in about four days, the black pot will come to his meeting by the south, much lower than for jl vdh and mark. Maybe this will slow him down and allow istvan to win again. A Sailor's life is never simple!

    Tapio Lehtinen Sailing is 1200 miles from Cape Horn and for the next eight days, it has a clear route to cape without forecast of storms. It is likely to expect far too much, and it is likely to suffer the typical winds, the long wave and wet weather of this part of the world, but we all hope that it will succeed! Suhaili appears in the far back and could soon take the lead...

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    Hang in there Matmut!

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    Under 435 NM for JLVDH




    Golden Globe Race
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    Jean Luc Van Den Heede has been caught by the center of the High and is making only 1.5kts. Mark Slats continues to close the gap and it may be at least another 10 hours before JL VDH gets moving toward the finish in Les Sables d'Olonne. The storm forecast is also starting to move a little faster as it approaches and therefore may clear earlier. JL VDH is now suggesting an arrival of 1200hrs on 28th. It may well be later in the day but not before. We all hope it will be in daylight, but only the storm will decide the final outcome. The final few miles may even be a challenge with not enough wind!


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    Latest Satellite tweets from #GGR2018 Entrants...

    Jean-Luc Van Den #Heede (via satellite) 8 seen lack of wind I narriverai not before lundimidi at best / regarding the lack of wind I will not arrive before Monday at noon

    Istvan #the (via satellite) gd the tradewind uniquely & bald again details on Thursday / hello the Brazil only and bald again. Details on Thursday.

    Jean-Luc van den #Heede (via satellite) 8PETOLE!ON NAVANCEPLUS. LA FAIT MAL TRAVAILLER LE GREEMENT. / NO WIND ! IT IS NOT MOVING ANYMORE. IT IS MAKING RIG WORKING HARD

    Tapio #Lehtinen (via satellite) 6 at late thank u 4 all the heart warming bday msgs! / and a big thank you a little late for all your warm birthday messages

    Tapio #Lehtinen (via satellite) agrimed going, next asteria spa, had long overdue shave / "easier, I visited the spa asteria, and shaved me long "


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