GGR 2022: SEPTEMBER 4TH, 2022

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May 21st 2019 04:45 AM

“I have certainly got my money’s worth from the entry fee.” Tapio had joked with Race organiser Don MacIntyre before his return to Les Sables d’Olonne at 20:21hrs on Sunday.
Final GGR finisher takes 5th place. Circumnavigation time: 322 days 8 hours 21 minutes

May 17th 2019 01:21 PM

ETA Tapio Very Late 19th or 20th MAY.. :)

At 0000Hrs UTC 17th he had 318 miles to go and has been making FAST times for the last 24hrs between 6.9kts and 5.8kts riding the NW pressure zone ( 20-25kts) moving into the Bay of Biscay. It is working well for him and will continue to offer great sailing winds over the next 24hrs so we expect him to make at least 140 miles during that time. Saturday the strength will drop back to around 15-20 kts so he average may drop to 5kts and about 120 miles that day.This could leave around 60 miles left to the finish line in Les Sables d’Olonne a short distance indeed and at 5kts he could be there by midday SUNDAY! BUT! there is a wind hole forecast for SUNDAY! and it is IMPOSSIBLE to predict exactly what speed TAPIO will make. This last 60 miles could take 36 hours or?? so for now I would think he may arrive very late on Sunday night?? Lets see what tomorrow brings.

May 16th 2019 06:36 AM

ETA Tapio 19-20-21st MAY!

Two days ago I predicted he would travel 180 miles over this time. He actually did 180 miles so he is on track with the forecast still holding the same, which makes it EXTREMELY Difficult to predict his arrival. The winds are going light on Sunday, so he could do any distance in the last 100 miles, fast or slow depending, on actual local wind, always unpredictable with forecasting, so we are still saying for now 19th LATE or anytime to the 21st late? He now has 460 miles to go at 0000Hrs UTC on 16th and is making 5.9kts!! so he is trying that is certain. Here is the suggested sailing distances he may make in the next few days…..BUT WATCH THE TRACKER!!.. 16th-110 miles, 17th -110 miles, Saturday 18th-100 miles, Sunday 19th- 70 miles , Monday 20th -50 miles…????

May 10th 2019 02:30 PM

Tough night for Tapio

Tough night for Tapio  with forecast 30kt winds strengthening to near gale force! It will not last long and the next few days are looking like good direction and strength…latest messages:It aint over until the fat lady sings. You have to respect the North Atlantic, the SW has been howling & gusting over 50 kn through the night. Had #4 reef, 1/4 Yankee & 1/3 Staysail, but should have taken the main down & boom in as it hit the waves so badly that the vang broke. Should be able to fix it one more time with my Makita as the wind drops. Making great speed :).

April 24th 2019 02:46 PM

Tapio was excited to speak to us all at the Anniversary GGR Press Conference, but on the sat phone call today, he admitted it’s the saddest day of his GGR so far. All is well on board w/ the new water Generator filling the batteries, his last novel still not finished, excited to realize cold soaked rice is not bad & a Swedish smorgasbord of cold fish is pretty good after a breakfast of cold soaked oats! The bad news is that SUHAILI is about 650 miles ahead and w/ over 2000 miles to go, progress is slow now that the trades have been left behind.There is an area of light wind ahead in a weak high pressure system well south of the AZORES, but generally the forecast for the next week looks like light to moderate variable winds forward or on the beam so we are hoping his average speeds may be around 3knots? right now he’s making not much more than 2kts. Looking ahead he is actually approaching the Bay of Biscay at a good time of the year when wind direction should be generally stable and in a favorable direction. It is way to early for an ETA into Les Sables d’Olonne but looking like Late May is about right.

April 17th 2019 07:26 PM

Tapio has no more GAS! so cold food for the rest of the trip and no tea or coffee and oats soaked in cold water.! The biggest flying fish of the whole trip landed on his deck yesterday ..HUGE! so he cleaned it ready for Fried breakfast and went to wash it but dropped it…AGGH! He went below to boil his oats again instead feeling a little down and..OPPS! No gas!!! so it would have been Sishumi anyway!…His water Generator is still not working but he has perfect sailing conditions 16kt NE wind on a low sea and the temperature is perfect in MID 20’s with the sun shining and having fun playing with his sextant. He is shooting the sun three times a day and was excited to be directly under the sun that was vertically overhead a couple days ago!. He seems to make life fun no matter what! 2550 miles without a cup of tea sounds brutal!! but if he can maintain his 4.7kts ..it will be sooner rather than later for a grilled steak! Only in the GGR hey!! 🙂 Go Tapio..

April 16th 2019 07:21 AM

We are all thinking of Tapio and I know he will be thinking of us as well, as he pushes north steadily in the NE Trades. The Azores High right now has moved way south and SUHAILI is still pulling ahead, leaving Tapio in his wake. The Trades will continue for at least another 10 days so while progress is steady it is a long booring Starboard tack for him! He reported a problem with his water generator over the last days, but has a complete replacement on board so does not seem too concerned even though it is his only real power source having lost his engine just weeks after the start and with faulty solar panels. All else seems fine, except maybe for running out of books finally! ETA is hard to predict as Tapio is only making 3-4kts in the Trades and still has 2700 miles to go as well as negotiating the Azores high that may well become unstable in the future as it generally is further north. Time will tell and Tapio has plenty of that so we are expecting him late May! Good Luck out there!

April 9th 2019 11:02 AM

Tapio FINALLY crossed the Equator at around 1700Hrs UTC on the 8th April and is now making reasonable speed..4kts.. clearly sailing in the NE Trades so I am sure he is smiling right now. Over the next few days the strength of the wind will fluctuate, but he should still make consistent speed following Suhaili on the traditional route now up toward the AZORES and the next weather challenge of the High pressure that sits waiting. With Just over 3000 miles to the finish in Les Sables d’Olonne his race is now on to see if he can arrive sometime in MAY? or will it extend into June? He has only 32 days left if he hopes to beat SUHAILI’s time and that is not looking possible. He has plenty of water and food on board so all is well for now…Welcome to the other side Tapio!

April 8th 2019 03:25 PM

Tapio has finally started to move again after more than a few frustrating days and looks like he may keep moving too! Four Hours ago at 0800UTC today he was at the end of the Blue line in the picture still 12 miles from the EQUATOR! The next strait line is the distance he covered since then 🙂 He had not really moved for some days, but now he is off !! screaming NW at 1.6kts so the he should cross over in the next?? 6-8 hrs?? The NE Trade Wind is actually coming down toward him at last but the initial stronger wind will lighten off again over the next few days but at least there should be enough there to signal he is leaving the Doldrums! A big day for him. Les Sables d’Olonne is still a long way to go!! but GO HE IS!!

April 5th 2019 12:24 PM

Tapio is sitting just 65 miles from the Equator still going nowhere. The forecast is showing the start of very light trade winds from the NE but as we mentioned previously this area in the Doldrums is impossible to predict and when he is sailing at between 0 and 1 kt for a day or so, I guess you have to say there is not much wind. It could yet take another day or two before he crosses over into the Northern Hemisphere his next milestone! All is well on board..


Jean-Luc van den Heede



Istvan Kopar



Uku Randmaa



Igor Zaretskiy


Mark Slats Skipper GGR

Mark Slats



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