INSPIRING SINCE 1968...Message just received from MARK PETERSON...Just wanted to share the attached to show the original Race and the new Race is inspiring people.
In Yarmouth on the Isle of Wight, there is a Carnival Week every year with various races, prizes and competitions. One of the competitions is for "Best Dressed House".
The attached photographs are of my neighbour's house in Yarmouth where the family have dressed the whole house this week as a GGR map of the World , with the 5 continents on the 4 windows and door of the house. Incidents from the 1968 Race are marked on the map . There are quotes from Knox Johnson, his 1960's provisions on the pavement and details of the #GGR2018..... love the way the old and the new race are inspiring people. Brilliant. :) ... See MoreSee Less
#GGR2018..yes it is a good choice. Gregor bought his Hydrovane and like all the others they have not missed a beat so far...:)Take a closer look at some of the key bits of kit at the stern of Hanley Energy Endurance. For anyone wondering Gregor has a Hydrovane International Marine self steering system which seems to be a good choice for now. Fingers crossed. ... See MoreSee Less
I have an old Hydrovane on my Biscay 36 ketch ,it has done several Atlantic crossings ,the Azores and back singlehanded,and has been down to Antarctica.(I was not the owner at the time) The hydrovane is still the best piece of equipment on the boat .
Isn’t it better to keep the restricted «border» as is at 44’ S, so they have a the option to sail below the strong currents in southern Indian Ocean? I mean, as the currents seems to be strongest at 38’ to 42’S, moving the border up to 42’ S, sounds a bit strange.
Really enjoying following this race
Simple & straightforward. Great website! Thanks.
Thanks for the great analysis. Good to hear thought processes
G'day Don McIntyre, from Airlie beach. Race week over and Hammo starting tomorrow. Cheers. O:)
Dick Mark Slats manager is making some interesting predictions and he is well qualified to do so. ! :) I am not ready to be so bold just yet but YES..they are moving as a fleet faster than I thought and our estimate from a year ago about the first boat home arriving end of February seemed totally crazy and unrealistic back then..but ?? Hmm?? lets wait and see. A long way to go! and anything can happen....and OPPS it is 6000 miles Cape Town to Hobart and my guess is 140 mile averages so about 44 days..sort of?? .Thanks Dick! #GGR2018UPDATE DICK KOOPMANS #4
The tracker showed a 'Yo-Yo effect' caused by calms on the route to Cape Town. During the last few days Mark was not lucky but looking at his position I don't think he lost miles on Jean Luc on the long term. Gregor and Are Wiig (I got some comments on the missing i last time, sorry for that, I took it from the GGR site) shortened their distance to Mark. Unfortunately Philippe is out of the Golden Globe class but I hope he gets the problems solved in Cape Town and will still have a good race in the Chichester class. Looking at his navigation, he still might finish in the leading group. I wonder how the skippers will experience the excitement and challenge of the Southern Ocean. If you think some equipment is not in good order, Cape Town is the last possibility to stop and make repairs. If it is for safety reasons it is an easy choice. Otherwise it will be a calculation between time lost in a stop or time lost due to missing boat speed. In practice you can sail the 4500 miles to Hobart in a good boat with a 150 miles daily average and it will take 30 days. If there are sails damaged or you have a not properly working windvane that restricts the amount of sail you might only do 135 miles and it will take 33 days. For several boats a 3 day stop might be in favour.
I predict a total sailing time of 220 days. Mark has a text from me inside the boat that we will see him back on 7 February. On this schedule I calculate 73 days to Cape Town (12 September). Most boats will arrive earlier so we will see how the progress will develop. I'll make a clear sheet with only the results from the calculations soon. See picture from the cabin inside.
Totally true. It's worth it. If I hadn't ever done Clipper, I wouldn't have been in a position to dream about doing the GGR today. Some will say it's a paid trip round the world-but it's not. It's tougher than most ocean races.
Partilhado no " Das tormentas à Boa Esperança " . Thank you.
#GGR2018 WE go LIVE in about 1 Hour (Approx. 0900 France) for latest entrant and TRACKER update and discussion on weather and currents...then LIVE again in about four hours ( Approx.??? 1200hrs)with Questions and Answers....Tomorrow we go LIVE at about 1330hrs??? French time with our first #GGR2022 Entrant and three times solo circumnavigator Robin Davie on his yacht, talking about his plans and a joint discussion with Don on the Race so far, entrant choices on mast, rig, sails, dodgers etc etc...NOT to be missed! :)...Pic Mark Slats headed south! ... See MoreSee Less
So happy to see Tomy is reading one of my favourite books This Thing of Darkness, hope its not too dark a read but I think Capt Fitzroy got a very rough deal. Delighted my copy left the safety of my bookshelf in Falmouth to go on one of sailings greatest adventures . A recommend read
I see Susie has gone quiet again, I hope the battery problems don't force her into Cape Town.
« Et voilà que l'anticyclone veut me revoir ! »...JEAN-LUC VAN DEN HEEDE espérait en avoir fini hier avec cette méchante zone de « pétole » (comprenez zone sans vent) qui lui barrait la route il y a deux jours et qui est malheureusement revenue lui rendre visite. Il se trouve ce matin au dessus d'une bulle qui s'est reformée sous lui et qui l'empêche à nouveau de descendre. Et une petite bande de hautes pressions est en formation devant son étrave...mais il devrait accrocher des vents portants qui lui permettraient de glisser sur la route directe dans moins de 24 h.
Ralenti aussi, PHILIPPE PECHE (en catégorie Chichester) devrait retrouver plus rapidement de la vitesse, lui qui va se trouver bientôt dans la bordure d'une dépression qui va l'accompagner un moment vers la pointe de l'Afrique.
Derrière, l'ensemble de la flotte est plutôt lancée dans une bonne vaine de vent portant qui pousse les bateaux au trois quart arrière. Toujours 2ème, MARK SLATS voit fondre sur lui la carène bleue d'ARE WIIG, qui a pris les commandes du peloton de l'est aux dépends d'UKU RANDMAA il y a déjà plusieurs jours.
Plus au nord, TAPIO LEHTINEN se bat toujours avec des problèmes d'énergie et se fait doucement rattraper par IGOR ZARETSKIY (toujours OK !) qui n'est plus qu'à 38 milles de son tableau arrière.
Un peu plus proches de la route directe, les deux plus jeunes concurrents de la GGR 2018 se retrouvent après avoir été longtemps séparés, suite à l'option ouest de GREGOR MCGUKIN. 5ème ce matin, il affiche depuis plusieurs jours de belles moyennes, tout comme SUSIE GOODALL, moins de 20 milles derrière. Mais les deux skippers pourraient se voir bientôt rattraper par une bande de vents faibles en formation dans leur sillage.
Belles moyennes aussi pour LOIC LEPAGE, passé devant ABHILASH TOMY. Ce n'est malheureusement pas le cas de MARK SINCLAIR, pris au piège d'une zone de hautes pressions qui semble vouloir se développer autour de lui les prochaines 24 h, avant qu'il ne s'affronte à des vents de face...
ITSVAN KOPAR va devoir composer avec la même situation demain...pendant ce temps, ANTOINE COUSOT, second de la catégorie Chichester derrière PECHE poursuit sa descente vers le sud dans des alizés bien établis. La zone de haute pression qui se trouve face à lui devrait se résorber avant son passage. Ne reste plus au skipper français qu'à incurver progressivement sa route au sud-est, ce que devrait lui permettre la rotation des vents à venir.
La position et le nom de Susie Goodall, jamais indiquée, sur le positionnement avec le nom sur la carte. La seule femme de cette magnifique course.😠
Hello, I go on the tracker and i see the position of Susie but what you on the Facebook broadcast card there is not change the software. Best regards. Bye
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you have to make the scale so large there is room for the name to come up...and no boat beside her..or the name will not pop up :)
This may not be something for the live Q&A, but where and when can we expect to see the photos from their film drops? I'm so curious!
how exactly do they collect water?
do you need gloves in the Southern Ocean ??
When the entrants enter more remote & challenging conditions, will they wear life jackets & PLBs?
How does a water generator work, I assume this is for generating power (not water!)?
You have mentioned Susie is having trouble with Goose Barnacles. Will the participants have to clean the hull on route and if so how?
PS Can you give us some notice UTC of the Go Live?
Hi Don and the team! You spoke a few days ago about moving the ‘no go’ zone a few degrees north, due to extreme weather conditions. Has a decision been made or are you guys still discussing? Thanks! 🙂
What dose VMG stand for in the " leader board box "
were they allowed to use new latest technology anti foul paint or only kinds that were avalible 50 years ago?
Can you explain some of the heating systems the entrants are using ? thanks
Is the music on your mix tapes all oldies or did you sneak modern stuff on board? :-)
Do the entrants carry more than one anchor and rode - to be used for emergency anchoring?
I posted this but I think this is the place for my question. Why haven't those sailors experiencing wind vane problems resorted to sheet-to-tiller steering? Wouldn't that provide some respite from manually steering full-time?
Hi Don, looking forward to your next Q&A session.What happens to the single handed status in the case of a competitor rescuing another, that means that the competitor is not alone anymore!
How do they climb the mast on their own?
Hi Don when do you expect the fleet to get to Hobart?Tks
Hi Don, Are there any restrictions or requirements on permanent tanks for fresh water? Also can solar and/or manual powered watermakers be used, as I don't think these were available back in 1968?
Lastly, I notice Philippe has an outboard engine type retractable power generator fitted. Again, I don't think these were available in 1968, so I assume these have been allowed for safety reasons? I look forward to your clarification on these issues.... so thanks in advance!
Don, One further point please - are through hull paddle wheel logs allowed, to avoid having to deploy a trailing log? I suspect not.... Thanks
According to the tracker, Ahbilash is regularly flying (!) up to 7 knts . I think it is very surprising, but I'm no expert... So what is your thought about this ? (The same apply to Are)
Hi Don, how much sleep are they getting and when and how long? Although it must depend on the conditions?
How are they all doing for water--have they collected less than expected going south and how easy or not will it be to collect water further south when presumably the rain may be horizontal rather than vertical (?!) and be more salt laden?
How do the weather so far compare to what can be expected? Any chance that changing weather patterns due to climate change will result in more severe southern ocean conditions?
You OK? the Boat’s OK? Sort of.. The weekly satellite phone calls are quite revealing. For me as the person usually answering, I must manage a safety call that is not part of the GGR philosophy. It is a satellite phone. The entrants crave the very real social connection and sometimes ask for infor...
Thank you for that .. The more info I get on the skippers , the better I feel I know them . the more I want to know and follow there progress.
That foto. Wow. Think I’d opt for a genoa.
Don, has Mark Slats come up with a solution for not having gloves...it's a real worry for where he's heading.
I like this update, thank you.
Thank you Don for your AWESOME reports.
You breed, eat, dream with the skippers, sail for all at once.
They will meet GOD soon, passing Good Hope, but it is comforting for all of us to have a father figure here on the earth.
Can I call you Father Don?
That's a great update! Informative and fun as always!
Great write up!
Great idea Don - well balanced opinion. Look forward to your assessment once they get well into the 40s 🌊 😋
Interesting weather map today with those no wind holes dictating who gets to move and when in the next couple days. No major changes in Position . PHILIPPE is obviously working hard and steering by hand as much as possible making 5.7kts on course and chasing JL VDH who is making 6.6kts.now after a quite time while the no wind center of the pressure system moved over him during the last 24hrs. Good news for him as he is now on the right side with favorable wind direction.
ANTOINE up the back is diving south at 5kts and Capt’n COCONUT is history. He is in a hole going nowhere and will stay there probably for at least two days! ISTVAN making ok progress at 5.3kts IGOR 4.2kts with a broken Halyard and TAPIO 3.4kts still struggling with electrical charging issues. They will all keep moving and start to speed up soon.
Over to the east LOIC may be low on water but not on breeze making 5.7kt on a good course and UKU is currently OK at 5.6kts again on a good course and slowly pulling away from that middle group. He may make some more gains in the next 24hrs moving into stronger following winds ahead of the others!.
TOMY is roaring along after his night time collision with no reports of damage and SUSIE has arrived at the hole doing 5.6kts just as it is disappearing, so should hold her speed gaining a little more on GREGOR who has slowed quite a bit to 3.9kt. He will gain speed steadily over the next 12 hrs. ARE will slow from his 5.7 speeds overnight for maybe 12 hrs and then pick up again and will hold his relative good position. MARK SLATS who has been in a hole at 3kts will start moving again with solid winds on course in the next 12hrs and start chasing down JL VDH . His lack of any sort of gloves is not effecting him now but it is on his mind as changing headsails with hanks and no gloves in close to 0 degree temperatures in the weeks ahead will not be fun!
The fleet is happy right now. All are contemplating the reality of passing Cape Town and going further south. All have been preparing their boats the best that they can. All know what to expect and ALL have lived the dream of expectation now about to become reality. I think they should all be very proud of themselves! We are.
Great coverage. I hope there will be a book to follow 😉
Trust Mark is allert and innovative enogh to make himself gloves from a cut up t-shirt and plastic bag, fixed w some adhasive tape. As I had to do once. Not too elegant but works.
The windy.com predictions and overlays don't seem to accurately reflect the actual conditions judging by the last couple weeks.. but they sure are pretty
Hmn looking at that weather model it looks to me as if they are heading towards a rather nasty low pressure cell, I certainly would be amending my course to avoid that stuff. It’s exactly what we needed to do when crossing the Tasman Sea from NZ back to NSW in April.
Not the end of the world for Mark Slats without gloves..we never used gloves for hanking on / unhanking sails in the Southern Ocean. We did sew up our own sheepskin mits out of boot uppers for the rare times we hand steered.
As for Captain Coconut Mark Sinclair, perhaps being a week later than JLVDH in rounding Good Hope may be a blessing weather wise??
So, Susie Goodall continues to run a consistent 6th to 7th, yet we never hear a peep about her here. What gives?
There is no size available for Mark Slats gloves. Zo actually it doesn't matter 😏
Great coverage of this great race. Well done.
Hope all ok with Abhilash....??
There will be a book about Mark Slats, Steve Pointon. As soon as he's back from the GGR Hollandia Watersportboeken will publish a book in Dutch about all of Mark's adventures, including the GGR of course. Should be interesting!
Thank you Don!!
Thank you Don!!
Glorious to see speeds that the common cruiser can identify with.... none of this 'on the edge'...screaming Jesus stuff.....