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    Just Over 200 nm To Go For JLVDH

    JLVDH is currently 217 nm to finish with a 317 lead over Mark Slats!



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    Updated forecast!!! for Mark Slats suggesting the Low pressure system now forming by BREST in FRANCE is intensifying FAST and moving over him in two days. Based on average 160 mile days for Mark, his forecast may look something like this...ALERT Storm. 29th Jan. 0500UTC SW 45k-0800UTC W 50/60k 1200UTC NW 50/65 6-7mtr sea 1700UTC NW 45/50k 2400UTC NW 35/40k 30th 0600UTC W 25/30 This same storm will hit Les Sables d'Olonne and move over the Les Sables d'Olonne GGR Village in the afternoon of the 29th the day Jean Luc Van Den Heede is expected to arrive. We are watching everything closely. The map below shows todays boat positions but the weather forecast for the 29th when Mark is 320 miles ahead at the end of the BLUE line. #GGR2018


    Projected model for the 29th.


    Jean Luc Van Den Heede ETA still 1000hr Tuesday 29th January BUT follow updates here! #GGR2018 IT COULD CHANGE!

    JEAN LUC VDH at 0600UTC was 272 miles from the finish making 5.7knts in 8-10mtr seas and winds gusting to 50kts or more from the North West. He is steering ESE not toward the finish line in Les Sables d'Olonne holding the wind and breaking seas on his port quarter which is safer on his mast than on the beam. Over the next six hours the conditions are expected to moderate with 6mtr seas and 30-35kt winds before once again increasing late tonight to 45kts for about six hours. It is tough sailing for him right to the finish with the ETA of 1000hrs on Tuesday 29th still holding for now but keep watching for updates. It could change. JL VDH will call GGR control today and will be on SOUND CLOUD.

    Mark Slats is 319 miles behind in fantastic 25kt sailing conditions and moderate seas, beam reaching in 25th winds at 6.6kts direct to the finish and slowly closing the gap. BUT time has run out if JL VDH can keep everything together! In sailing anything can happen so MARK keeps pushing till the end and everyone is excited to see both sailors at the finish in the next few days. What a finish it is with Mark now expected across the line afternoon on the 31st Jan



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    Slats Diverts To Avoid Storm

    SLATS SETS SAIL TO LA CORUNA



    impending storm expected to wallop the Bay of Biscay in next couple of days







    Mark Slats, currently number two in the Golden Globe Race, has decided Monday January 28 in the afternoon to contact his shoremanager Dick Koopmans. Mark experienced different insights about the concept of 'safe sailing' and decided to discuss with his manager about the best choice for the coming days is. Together they have decided that Mark is now heading for La Coruña Spain to take shelter and continue his race at a later date.

    Monday morning January 28, the weather forecasts for the last part of the Golden Globe Race looked very bad for Mark Slats. The predictions showed huge storms and also huge waves. Don McIntyre, race organizer of the Golden Globe Race, gave Mark the advice, earlier that day, to sail with his boat, Ohpen Maverick, in to the Bay of Biscay. Mark's shore manager Dick Koopmans did not agree with this and contacted both Dutch and English coastguards. Both authorities fully understood the care provided by Team Slats. Contact was also made with Gerrit Hiemstra, a Dutch authority in the field of meteorology and also a self-employed ocean sailor. Hiemstra indicated that it is completely irresponsible to enter the Bay of Biscay and to visit the port of Les Sables d'Olonne on Thursday 31 January. The Golden Globe Race has been asked to move the finish further offshore or even to move to Brest (France) or Falmouth (UK). This request was simply rejected.

    Slats currently sails for 211 days in the Golden Globe Race. A historic sailing race solo non-stop around the world without outside assistance and without the use of modern communication and navigation equipment.

    There were 18 entrants at the start , only 5 are still in the race. Slats survived an enormous storm in the Southern Indian Ocean where two participants, who were close by lost their mast and both had to be evacuated from their ship. One of them, Abhilash Tomy broke a number of vertebrae to which he had to undergo surgery. Tomy is still working on his rehabilitation. Slats also had to contend with extreme periods of no wind before he could sail to Tasmania Australia. In a radio interview, Slats indicated that the periods of windcalms felt worse than when he had to deal with a storm of 50-60 knots of wind.

    Slats has trailed the number 1 in the race, the French sailing veteran Jean-Luc van den Heede from Les Sables d'Olonne France, he decreased the distance from 2000 miles to the moment of writing only another 400 miles.

    If Slats were to follow the advice of the Golden Globe Race, he would be expected to arrive at the port of Les Sables d'Olonne around 17:00 on Thursday afternoon. At the finish, the water is only 10 meters deep. When Slats has to deal with waves of 6-9 meters high from behind, this can lead to very dangerous situations in combination with the shallows. When Slats arrives at the port of Les Sables d'Olonne is not yet known.
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    JLVDH Sails Into History



    On the 29th of January today, after 211 days, 23 hours, 12 minutes and 19 s, JEAN-LUC VAN DEN HEEDE won the Golden Globe Race 2018 !
    What an achievement for this 73 years old man that was achieving his 6th circumnavigation, with a victory for the first time after many podiums !
    Well done Jean-Luc and welcome back to Les Sables d'Olonne !




















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    He pulled it off! An amazing feat for a man or woman of any age, but 73?

    Bravo!

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    Are they planning another one?

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    Feb 5 Update: Will Tapio EVER Get Around The Horn?

    Entrant UPDATE...FRENCH!! #GGR2018




    Uku Randmaa Golden Globe Race 2018 has crossed the equator and its speed increases steadily as it rises in the North-East Alizées area. Good navigation conditions for the next two weeks! He's at 4,8 nds this morning and is 3107 miles away. The Tracker suggests an arrival for March 8 My best eta for uku depending on the location and strength of the anticyclone of the azores is closer to 12 March. Not really a problem, because he will be so happy to go home and see his wife and two little boys but??? He confirmed that with a scheduled arrival on March 5, he had only one meal Lyophilised and a bag of soup a day... he won't have anything to eat on the boat. The last week could be very interesting! All the more so because the fact that he hasn't had a lot of rations for several months now, has to make him lose weight and also the strength to keep off the boat maybe? It's not dangerous, but when you're in a race, you need to work actively. Yes it's an adventure but now with istvan
    Who keeps getting closer, it gets complicated.

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    Istvan Kopar Solo Circumnavigator has a lot of food on board. It is strong and, although it faces many small problems on board, nothing seems to hinder the navigation capacity and speed of its boat. Its rigging, sails and navigation are correct. Not sure about these barnacles but I'll know more this week. He's able to navigate well. His management system remains a potential problem, but right now, it's all right. Now it's only 465 miles behind. The Black pot closes as it approaches, so it should not waste time and probably pass through directly to the North-East Alizées. The two sailors could then be just 450 miles from each other. So anything can happen again. This will be a real sailing race for the next two weeks, maybe even boring? But opportunities and tactics remain possible. Its radio does not work well at all and radio-amateur operators work hard to maintain an affair so that it can at least obtain basic weather forecasts. This could become critical in view of its ability to navigate properly when looking at the anticyclone of the azores and when it comes closer to the bay of biscay. Maybe it could change everything... good luck to both of you!




    Tapio Lehtinen Sailing enjoy the sun for now, light winds and making only 2,4 knots at the final approach of Cape Horn 125 miles away. In About 6 hours, the northwest wind will return to 25-35 knots and remain stable. So we hope to celebrate tapio by tomorrow night. He called yesterday to report a possible problem with his unit text message unit and we are now trying to find a solution.

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    Maybe he should just sail into Buenos Aires and retire?

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