For Gustavo ‘Rato’ Pacheco, the 2018 GGR will be his second solo sailing campaign. The first was the 2003 Mini Transat Race in which he finished 27th out of 39 entries, competing in the oldest boat within the fleet. For the GGR, he is determined not to have the oldest boat, but has shelved plans to build a Suhaili replica in favour of buying a Lello 34 class yacht which he hopes to secure, along with sponsorship, early in 2017. “The two moments of extreme happiness in a campaign like this is crossing the start line… and then the finish line.” He says.
Gustavo bought the Lello 34 Double Helix in South Africa for $25,000 US and has just started her re-fit in Cape Town