Dutch entrant Mark Slats was quick to purchase a Rustler 36 yacht to sail in the GGR.
Mark Slats is another to have completed a solo circumnavigation before, sailing the 46ft Alan Buchanan designed yacht Cornelia in 2004/5. The Dutch sailor who was born in Darwin, Australia and moved to the Netherlands at the age of 8, has bought a Rustler 36 – the first one to be built – and plans to take delivery of her in Scotland in May and sail her back across the North Sea to his home port of Wassenaar near the fishing port of Scheveningen.
Mark has his own business renovating old houses, but is finding preparing for the GGR and the next Talisker Transatlantic Rowing Challenge in December, is taking up a great deal of his time. “I’m out training 4 hours each day and spending the rest planning for these two events. It is very time consuming!”
He is being helped by Dutch naval architect Dick Kopmans who will oversee the fit-out of his Rustler 36 which will be slipped just 100metres from Mark’s home.