The Full media analysis for #GGR2018 will be released late next week. The stats for the LIVE Tracker show an "Average" of 10 minutes per view, an indication of the level of information and entertainment on the Map. Also the strong French following at our home in Les Sables d'Olonne It will be even more exciting in #GGR2022 ... See MoreSee Less
I guess I will have to watch for everyone in 🇨🇦🇨🇦🇨🇦
Wow Tapio Lehtinen! Wow Finland!👏👏
Any chance it might work on tablets next time round...? I couldn’t use the tracker last time- would have loved to! :(
I will push up Spain for the next edition! 😉💪
Wow that's fascinating.
I’m surprised there’s not a wedge for “French people in Australia”🥴
Finns in second place 🤣
Honestly Don, though I was (as a Plymouth inhabitant and Brit) gutted that LesSdO, had ‘stolen’ this event from Plymouth, I have to say that they earned it, they deserved it, and did a fantastic job!
You’re going to have to make more of an effort speaking Français for the next iteration.....
Abhilash Tomy has not entered the #GGGR2022 "Yet" but is out looking for partners to join him for another crack at it! His market is one of the biggest for any Entrant. Some of his Facebook Posts were "SHARED" 49,000 times!!...Good luck Tomy..we hope to see you cross the line again! :)
The third edition of the GOLDEN GLOBE RACE starts in exactly three years on Sept 4th 2022 from Les Sables d'Olonne in France. You're all invited!! A slightly different course, some new rules and following in the wake of Bernard Moitessier and JOSHUA, but completing the loop! A grand adventure with 30 sailors giving it everything they have to achieve one thing. To make it safely to the finish line as fast as they dare!. Simple boats, huge challenge, non-stop with every mile made good entirely due to their own perseverance and skill. The media file from 2018 GGR was huge and a summary will be released now on SEPT 14th, but 2022 will be much bigger with more of everything. Too good to miss. Get ready. The clock is running and it never stops! THANKS! #GGR2022 ... See MoreSee Less
We are all smiling :) ...to be announced next week! ..thanks to the #GGR2018 Family and all those committed journalists and media who believed in simple, back to basics adventure sailing. #GGR2022 ... See MoreSee Less
We're all SMILING :)...the "Equivalent Advertising Value" of the #GGR2018 media file, is completed and will be released in full next week, three years ahead of the #2022GGR. It is "Substantial" and is sure to surprise more than a few people. For a group of passionate volunteers and a small dedicated management team, without a title sponsor, but with Les Sables d'Olonne we can all feel satisfied that the Golden Globe Race and simple retro back to basics sailing is now Mainstream. I guess a few people have heard of McIntyre Adventure.....now for Ocean Globe Race!!!
Go GRETA! :) .....#GGR2022 will not be involved with Politics or Religion in sport or adventure, but one common denominator for all adventures, is engaging with the natural world, whether it be mountains, rivers or Oceans. Right now their is nothing at all to lose by supporting a better more sustainable lifestyle and spreading that message, whether you believe in Climate change or not. Promoting that position is important. Great shot for an effective promotion that people are talking about. Thanks Greta! ... See MoreSee Less
Don captured it very well in his responses.. The comparison with Laura Decker and Jessica Watson should give Greta’s intentions a much wider understanding. Thanks Don for the nice narrative ...
Looking forward to the picture of her flying home.
Never mind if she is wright or wrong for the future of the earth...she is courageous more than few of us... thank you Greta
Two green ladies!
Nicely put Don and what a picture!
So far 448 reactions to this post, of which only 8 are negative. It gives me hope, maybe the message is getting through.
I fully agree with the "green" values, but not in the name of Greta who, to me, is a plastic hero. And I do not believe in the mantra "better than nothing" because maimed models can be more dangerous and misleading than nothing. That said, I don't fight against her, I just ignore her and try to look better into things. My very personal point of view, ça va sans dire.
Dear GGR , Dear Don. I have been an enthusiastic follower as you may or may not know. Unfortunately Greta is not an environmentalist. She is a political tool used very smartly by the extreme social liberal left dressed in the coat of an environmental warrior. There is a lot more to her than the environment activism. She is part of a propaganda machine that is indeed extremely political amd that is a fact. I am an environmentalist myself but I have to say that I deeply disturbed by the fact that GGR has decided to promote her therefore to promote her " sponsors" who actually created her. GGR should stay away from this kind of behaviour in my humble opinion if it doesnt want to alianate dedicated followers or if it has no intention of strong political statement. ( you only need to do basic research to realise who and what Greta represents. You wouldnt use and Osama Bin Laden Junior as a pinup boy if he was on the side promoting environmental issues) Greta is a product unfortunately. In my once again humble opinion she is also extremely wrong on most issues but that is just a personal opinion. Dear Don please rethink and revisit the decision of using her on GGR pages.
And when you know (inform yourself of) the crew's involvement in that position there's only one word: bravo!
Don - good to see you raising awareness of the issue, but would agree it is not a case of “believing in climate change or not”, climate change is happening, human activity is the cause - we all need to do everything we can to address it now; the fact that so many are arguing against Greta shows just how much of a challenge this issue is. Why not make GGR22 an event to raise awareness of the Climate Emergency?
Well done Don. Totally agree. Extraordinary reaction from many. She is doing her best to raise awareness no matter who is supporting her. She has certainly got the debate going. 😊
Absolutely agree with you Don. Well said.
Fact is you are playing politics - Greta has arrived in NYC to save us all... in an elite carbon fiber sailing yacht bankrolled by the royal family of Monaco.
Carbon fiber is principally made from oil and propane.
Greta's yacht was pumped out of the ground.
Whatever side you stand on concerning "climate change" (that's been occurring long before the use of fossil fuels or the industrial age, ) it is nothing but a political issue.
Environmentalism is what you support when you're not being intentionally political.
She is 16yrs old, not a baby. Not all teenagers are mindless, waste of space vandals, we all remember the teacher who had an impact on us, she probably had a couple of them; surely, is it not incumbent on caring adults to impress upon young people (that are willing to listen) the importance of understanding the threat to all of our futures that the levels of Co2 & methane in our atmosphere present ??. Perhaps she is simply "well read" for her age.
Doesn’t matter where you stand, this is a great shot that promotes all the right stuff when it comes to sailing and it’s community
I can smell the cloying taint of virtue from here.
'whether you believe in Climate change or not'. It is not a political position to accept and promote an overwhelming scientific consensus that man-made climate change is real. Shame on you for sitting on the fence and according any credibility to the 'deniers'!! Deciding how to adapt to this reality is however political.
Great point of view Don...totally agree！⛵️😃
That boat Greta is sailing on - can anyone tell me the materials it is made from and whether any of them originate or owe their existence to fossil fuels?
No on chooses to believe in climate change, you either understand science or you really aren't entitled to an opinion.
.....not since Joan of Arc have we seen the likes of Gweta....!....🤪😜🤪
Support? Sure I’ll say ‘you go girl’ but stop short of signing unwise Climate Control Agreements or turning against the use of clean natural gas to reduce humankind’s suffering.
16 year old Greta has just sailed the Atlantic in an IMOCA 60 for a reason. For her own cause, with passion, commitment and a strong opinion about things. It is stunning to see the level of criticism from so many. Most assume she is too young to know, with no life skills or experience to have an opinion? and that she is being used by others for propaganda. Personally I admire her for her courage and determination. I heard exactly the same criticism about 16 year old Jessica Watson and Laura Decker when they both successfully sailed solo around the world. They knew what they were doing. So too does Greta! ..soon it will be her world and she is worried. Rightly so. #GGR2022..Go Greta!Sailing into New York. ... See MoreSee Less
Suddenly my daughters and all their friends want to go sailing - good job Greta! Don’t mind if you save the planet, too. 👍
We know a lot better when we are 16 and most people lose it when they come to adulthood. She hasn't yet been assimilated, bravo! 😊
Well said. There is no doubt that she has the ability to change the world. Everyone should support her.
She is SO CUTE! Yes and awesome and smart and brave and effective but I can’t help but point out the OBVIOUS!
I applaud her for her zeal and desire to make a difference.
At the same time I'm annoyed with all the idiots putting so much focus on the boat and claiming it was a "carbon free" trip while completely ignoring the boat and its construction. I would much rather them talk about her and her ideas, or what we can actually do to reduce emissions. Which would mean holding China and India accountable for their actions.
Yes, 1. Greta's doing great things in an effort to help the planet, when too many seem to just moan about her and it. 2. I did smile at 'a carbon free yacht' when surely that's exactly what sailing has always been, and 3. I hope everyone also knows about #LisaBlair and her two sailing world records (solo and unassisted around Antartica and Australia) on her 'Climate Action Now'. It being from Australia, maybe some missed it. Go Greta and go Lisa! And I'm sure there are others too. lisablairsailstheworld.com
Hooray for Greta! That there be more like her on the planet and we will all be better off, future generations also...
It's been suggested that a slight name change could be appropriate. Great Thunberg!
I don’t criticize the young lady. She’s 16, she’s ambitious.
I criticized the media for hyping it all up. “16 year old crosses the Atlantic in Zero emission yacht” and all that jazz.
She was invited to cross on a well crewed race boat. While a heck of an opportunity that any of us would jump at, it’s not exactly a news worthy achievement.
Zero Emission yacht? It’s a sailboat...not quite “groundbreaking”.
That and I still remember all the media criticism of Laura Dekker and her ambition.
"Soon it will be her world and she is worried".
Surely this cannot be so difficult to understand?
I agree, you have done amazing but, it is just the start of your own journey. We all have to fight negativity, but you have already beat them all. You are the positive aura in this world, keep at it, you are a winner, an achiever, a leader, I would follow your lead, hugs 🤗
She is trying to raise awareness. She did!
A big thanks to Boris Herrmann racing. I will be cheering this team on in 2020!! WhooHooo!
did she do it solo? Mastered the yacht? Keept the watches at helm? Or rather got shipped to the other side of the pond?
..give such a chance for an expensive-as-hell adventure to 10 random teens and every second will jump in.
Nevertheless I'd love to have her sponsor :p working hard to afford sailing, no chance to get additional (even unpaid) days off for a luxury of casually crossing Atlantic by yacht not a plane..
I don’t think anyone is criticising the voyage itself. I’m sure it was a lot fun and challenging along the way.
The criticism is aimed at the notion that she’s saving carbon emissions by sailing to New York, rather than flying. When in actual fact this stunt has increased carbon emissions as the crew that is sailing the yacht with her to NY, will fly back to Europe. And the replacement crew who will sail the yacht back to Europe, will fly back to the US. Seriously, this trip would have emitted a lot less carbon if she simply flew to New York and back in the first place.
But hey, don’t let the facts get in the way of a good virtue signal 😉
All those who criticise her should do a similar sailing voyage. At least the landlubbers will very quickly find out that she realy has to be passionate about this cause otherwise she would have not gone through the torture of this voyage. I with there where more Greta’s in this world....
It’s a meaningless, self-indulgent gesture which will do nothing for the environment. Facebook posts and Instagram likes are worthless. If she wants to make an impact on the environment, she should be in school and study to become an engineer or scientist. Then, her actions will have meaning.
Given the comments on here, I'm suddenly not sure why she is bothering to try and save such a miserable species as ours. Some of you ought to be thoroughly ashamed of yourselves. I'm so glad you are far away behind your keyboards and I will hopefully never meet you.
Here's one old person Greta that wishes you fair winds and a safe return.I am also as jealous as hell.⛵️🌞🌧⚡️🐟
She is an example for everyone... consciousness is more than age....
Let's name the next hurricane cat 5 greta.atleast she Wilbe remembered for what she stands for.and maybe people start too think about what's happening
....go home and clean up your bedroom....leave the saving of the planet to Republicans and God
AWESOME! at 17 I was in the forces in a war zone. You go, Greta!
l think the message is clear, don’t mix politics and sailing!!!
We know she will be flying back home, but let the kid speak...it’s a new generation coming alone, they will see and live the future...
Besides she’s a teenager,
we have all been teenagers here and we did a lot of weird stuffs too ...✌️⛵️🌎
Young and dumb. Didn’t want to fly to “save the world” to sail on a boat that has 200 times the carbon footprint than the fuel that would have been burned on by the plane. If she had taken a wooden folkboat she would’ve gotten my attention.
A three minute read on Chichester's all important watch for Celestial Navigation...then followed by both Sir Robin Knox-Johnston and Bernard Moitessier in the GGR1968 both wearing the same brand and never taking them off....They must have been less expensive back then! :) ...#GGR2022 ... See MoreSee Less
WOW!! This may start to answer some questions about Coppercoat USA anti-fouling. Both Susie Goodall Racing and Mark Slats had Coppercoat anti-fouling. Both had barnacle issues. In the various magazine articles written about the Barnacle problem in the #GGR2018 , It appeared that pressure may have been applied to publishers by various anti-fouling manufactures to the extent that publishers may have had to watch their back, to ensure they were NOT subsequently sued for saying anything without what would be termed 'Evidence" ...in legal speak...which is ?? hard to define in many ways, so some parts to the GGR story may have been missing? ....anyway if your interested in Coppercoat...or barnacles...you may like to watch this...To be fair to Coppercoat, it is important to watch the whole 12 minutes, as there are various subjects covered along the way and in my opinion is a balanced report. It obviously works but? #GGR2022...I think Jean Luc Van Den Heede may have a winning formula!We had CopperCoat Antifouling applied to the hull of our Oyster 56' in 2016. Since then we've had nothing but problems. Here's a play by play on everything t... ... See MoreSee Less
really grateful for the video - and your heads up - Funny how UK are helping and US are "you took your chances" - best form of marketing - referrals from someone doing the same thing
I’ve applied coppercoat to over 150 yachts over the past 10 years Feel free to contact me for any advice on application and maintaining.
You should not believe everything said on social media. I had some Barnacle issues but now the boat is back I have a clean bottom. Every area has his own bottom growth problems and needs a different solution.
Thanks for this. It was a product I was considering but will move on now 😞
I put it on my Oyster 56 last year (same boat as in the video). My boat already had CopperCoat on (it was over 11 years old) or I would have had second thoughts about stripping off paint and then applying CopperCoat. My thoughts on this video are as follows: 1) if the patched areas worked then the problem is not with the product, but with the application; and 2) if the problem is with the application and not the product, it was unfair to expect CopperCoat USA to pay for re-applying it. I wish the Briticain couple well but I think they were wrong to expect CopperCoat USA to pay. I think CopperCoat UK was more than generous in supplying new product. I also think you have to lower expectations on what this product will and will not do. A lot depends on the productivity of the water the boat is in and how much it's being used. Slime will grow on CopperCoat. So far I have seen a few small barnacles on my bottom with the new CopperCoat. I expect to haul her once/year and pressure wash. I don't have to re-paint so my expectations have been met.
I have had thoughts of this product
We are having the same issues. New copper coat applied in August of last year. Worked fine in the Bahamas but when we got into the VIs and then down to Grenada lots of barnacles and other growth. Folks with ablative were doing much better. Also Jim from Coppercoat USA really couldn’t give a damn when we sent pictures of the growth. Won’t be doing this again!
I have had coppercoat on my sailing yacht in the UK for the last 5 years. So far I have had no problems, no fouling except a bit of slime where other neighbouring boats have been covered.
In my case it has been worth the investment!
Hi John,glad to know someone knows about coppercoats, my problem is that it's too heavy,and it turns green,I had it shortened to a jacket style but it's still too heavy,18 kilos,was thinking of reducing to a waistcoat,any advice would be appreciated!! Lol.
Two years in its working really well on my boat. I abraded with 600 grit wet and dry prior to launch it went black in two weeks and it’s been clean since bar so slime
I have a Coppercoat painted boat. Maybe I just researched enough to understand it’s not a kill off everything antifoul. It’s ok and last forever saving yearly anti fouling and the pollution from the other stuff going into the oceans. I still clean the hull, slime will still grow, but then it does on the other stuff too. Anyone who thinks you can put it on and never clean is delusional.
Have CooperCoat for 3 years in Pacific Mexico. Bottom line : it is not a miracle! Works ok when you actively sailing. In marinas etc we have to clean the bottom every 3 weeks. In conclusion we should used Petite Trinidad. Thing to consider first: you still WILL hull out every 1-2 years to fix/inspect skin fittings, etc. SOOO.... the advantages of CooperCoat are not worth the cost and application process IMHO
i have only ever heard good things about it... but I am wary now... does anyone know if there is a difference in Australian waters?
i am Australian & intend to only sail my boat in local waters and around the coast of Australia...
Abt 10 years ago I saw a classic yacht coming onto the hard. It had Coppercoat for 1 year and the result was a desaster. Barnacles, clamps, alges. Baltic sea, Travemünde
I wonder if it's not a matter of maintenance. I've always thought that you were supposed to scrape the bottom at least once a month even if you have anti fouling. Could it be that the lack of occasional scraping mean that it is less effective.
We spent a lot of money on Coppercoat. A waste of time. It doesn't work. Good marketing though!
I spent 10 years diving on boats cleaning hulls and I would dread coppercoat. It’s a nightmare to scrub and it will be covered in growth in no time at all. Conventional anti foul paint is the way to go.
Our copper coat is free of barnacles but not slimy thin qwwst
I had copper coat and it worked pretty well. It's no a miracle but if you abrade it slightly to make sure copper is exposed it works pretty well.
Me and my ship over a year ago 3 gallons of interlux not a thinner layer like video
I also left on some of the old ablative and roughed it up with 80 grit
As you can paint over it with this paint
this is standard paint in the northwest never any issues for me or any of the commercial operations
The issue many believe is a bad application on the part of those in the video by diluting the paint to add volume and not mixing enough
Also with this paint you don’t have to take it down to the bare glass
You need a barrier coat under it
Over a year later I’m in California and still no growth and everyone else has mussels on their boat hull
No cleaning so far not even once
I have sailed this ship to 12 and 13 knots in heavy seas and this cleans the hull
And sail every 2 weeks to month offshore
The key is to keep sailing and you won’t grow stuff
IMO: This is a classic case of 'one size never fits all' as everyone's sailing areas differ. I rather agree with Bela Bakonyi comment below that since CopperCoat is such an expensive option, a 50/50 chance that may or may not work, is not worth the the risk. I live in the tropics and will continue to haul and paint my boat once a year with normal antifouling!
3 years with coppercoat in marina on west coast of Florida. Slime is bad and can be hard to get off. Hard growth small and very easy to remove. We get monthly bottom cleaning. Nothing is completely maintenance free, but we are happy so far with the coppercoat.
Stories I see and here every week. Research Sea Hawk’s 1200 series Biocop TF. Not even close!
I have a old Moody that has had CopperCoat on for 13 years and still going good, a little bit of slime. Some posts here say its bad, I would say bad application in damp/cold weather or not abraded before launching. Also yes you should lift out every one to two years but the difference is you lift in one day wash off check and change anodes, cutlass bearings and seacocks saving time & labour and pollution on re-antifouling. And Silic One is rubbish.
I have painted 7 boats in Coppercoat over the last 15 years and only one had barnicles on only on the keel because it was cast iron and had numerous dimples which could not be abraded easily. The owner didn’t want to spend the money to encapsulate it so paid the price.
The fact that the patches were OK says that those applications were OK. Other posts have blamed therefore poor application on the first go. But what if the product was somehow faulty or contaminated on the first go? surely that’s possible?
August 22nd 1968 exactly 51 years ago is the special day when Bernard Moitessier set sail in JOSHUA from Plymouth UK at the start of his Golden Globe Race. #GGR2022 celebrates and salutes the man, his beautiful yacht and his legendary Adventure. WE are expecting a few www.Joshuagg.com Class II yachts in the GGR with the first launch in 2020. ... See MoreSee Less
Never go to sea without your??? ...Sir Robin's 2 minutes worth on Fear at Sea....and I agree !! #GGR2022What is the greatest fear of this legendary round the world sailor? How do you pick yourself up when times get tough? What huge surprise do we find out about... ... See MoreSee Less
I share Sir Robin's fear of illness. My concern was worst when we were in the malarial areas, because that disease is very, very debilitating and it takes awhile to incubate. So you could put to sea and a week later not be able to get out of your bunk. It never happened. We had a huge medical kit and a EM doctor we could contact by email; but most of the time when we asked him things, it was like, "How should I know? I've never seen a case of dengue fever," or "well, Tony, when a guy reaches a certain age...."🤓
Hoping to see four or five #GGR2022 entrants entering the Ostar and Twostar next year.
Ostar and Twostar Ertan Beskardes has registered for the 2020 OSTAR and the Golden Globe Race in 2022. His yacht LAZY OTTER is a Rustler 36 purchased with the 2018 Golden Globe Race in mind but we think its great that Ertan is going to do the OSTAR first! ... See MoreSee Less
Thank you for sharing. We are excited to see so many GGR entrants interested in the OSTAR in 2020. Also a great opportunity to celebrate 60 years of single-handed offshore racing, where it began in Plymouth #BritainsOceanCity
bravo , but all choose a Rustler 36 , they are so many other boat , o it is because the Rustler has already prouve it is a nice boat ?
Virtually every sextant in the #GGR2018 had a story to tell with a long line of owners or interesting sags...looks like it is happening again. My first sextant, a 21st Birthday present from my parents, I lent to friends Nicky and Jamie..in traditional 37ft timber, engine-less yacht in the late 80's and it went on to do two circumnavigations and is still sailing with them. :) ... Guy DeBoer has some fun ahead now... #GGR2022.I've received a sextant donation from Dr. Robert Amsler from Detroit & all the study material for celestial navigation. Start my lessons later today. Thank you Robert for assisting me in my quest to be the first American to Win.
These are quite familiar tools for me. I teach Celestial Navigation as a volunteer instructor with the United States Power Squadrons. The sextant you have is a David White MK2 Navy sextant. I have one just like it. It is a very accurate instrument, and easy to calibrate.
Be careful not to over tighten the screws on the moving mirror, as this is a fragile part of the unit. Those mirrors can break, as well as the tabs on the frame around that mirror. It is hard to find some of the parts, so protect your instrument and handle it with reverence and care. :D
Why am I smiling every time I see a post from Pat Lawless...a far cry from the professional world of solo yacht racing ( that is the GGR) and watch the short video to see Pat sailing in his Leprechaun Suit!! :) ...#GGR2022Old friend's are mighty. Eamonn Andrews ; his Granddaughter Naomi ; brother Terence and Andy , came down for a Sail on the GGR 22 Boat. We had a lovely time out in Dingle Bay. When you catch up, like as if you were never apart. Eamonn Andrews a great photographer and business man , gave me a generous amount of money for my GGR Fund. So kink ... They also told me that they know that I will Win ... I will do my best to prove them right. Thanks lads 😍♥️ ... See MoreSee Less
It's Official!! Gregor McGuckin's drifting yacht Gregor McGuckin Empowered by Hanley Energy has stopped giving a signal to the Satellite Tracking page. The Yacht's position is now unknown, but it is unsure if this is a power issue from solar panels, or if the yacht has sunk. The mysterious benefactor from the USA who was funding a salvage operation for the Barrel of Whiskey on board and the efforts of the Salvor over 9 months never even made it to sea unfortunately. The boat was abandoned 11 months ago during the #GGR2018 and drifted toward Australia. After being just 1200 miles from the Australian west coast in summer weather in December 2018, it had since tracked as predicted, back out NW and West into the Indian Ocean. An Epic struggle for a tough little yacht and the end of an adventure. ...... NOTE -If you donated money to the salvage effort Cody Cordwainer here will happily refund that money, PLEASE Message him and thanks for trying!. ... See MoreSee Less
Such a shame, being in Perth WA I’ve been recently thinking about it and other ways it could have been recovered. It would have been an adventure to be sure!
"Mary Luck" AKA "Hanley Energy Endurance" in standard cruising mode sailing home to Portrush, County Antrim, N.Ireland from Scotland back in the summer of 2009. I owned "Mary Luck" for almost 15 years before handing the reigns over to Gregor. Hopefully, she isn't lost, but the outlook isn't great. A wonferful yacht which I really loved. Fingers crossed for a positive outcome. :-)
Sad that a recovery exercise could not be made shortly after she was abandoned...... let's hope she is still afloat and turns up sometime in the future. If not, she will be fondly remembered by us all!
On its way back to the Port in stealth mode.
Don McIntyre Could you please share my post as well so that people who donated will know to contact me about getting their money back?
She will be found when we least expect it.
A grand effort Cody!
The weather out that way has been sooooo crap the last few days.
Far more likely to be an electrical/electronic issue than a sinking - I bet she’s still out there.
Sad, but hope he can survived!
We are still monitoring the tracker but hopes that she transmits again are pretty low.
I guess the value of the Whisky just went up.
Very sad 😔
Some one will have a wee dram of that whiskey one day.
It’s sad about the boat but someone will probably eventually end up with it and that big ole barrel of whiskey will have aged a little more
Who knows the last position of this vessel.
Must be a lot of very drunk fish somewhere in the Indian ocean. C'est la vie.
She will still be afloat!
Bet the barrel is keeping it afloat and electrics are down
One for Neptune
I wonder if this increases the value of the whiskey Aviators Whiskey Society
If you can read French your in for a treat with Jean Luc Van Den Heede pre-orders now. #GGR2018Le livre de Jean Luc Vandenheede, avec une superbe photo de Jean-Marc Arthot, en pré-commande dans toutes les bonnes librairies. Sortie prévue en octobre.
C’est l’histoire d’un prof de maths, « normal et Monsieur Tout-le-monde » comme il aime à se définir, mais allant au bout de sa passion : la voile. Derrière l’homme affable – voix de stentor et rire communicatif – se cache un redoutable compétiteur ayant attendu trente ans pour remporter son premier tour du monde en course, et pas n’importe lequel. À 73 ans, celui que l’on surnomme « VDH » a gagné en février 2019 et en 211 jours la Golden Globe Race, une course autour du monde en solitaire à l’ancienne sur des bateaux hors d’âge, sans GPS ni moyens de communication modernes, où l’on se positionne exclusivement à l’aide d’un sextant et des astres… comme au bon vieux temps. Sur ce robuste voilier de croisière de dix mètres, le colosse barbu qui aurait pu interpréter au cinéma Ernest Hemingway dans « Le vieil homme et la mer » est atypique, au temps de la technologie triomphante et du « voileux » à boucles d’or !
Qui est VDH ? Il se confie ici pour la première fois sans fard et fait l’éloge de la lenteur quand les multicoques de course effectuent le même parcours en cinq fois moins de temps. Adolescent, envouté par les récits de mer des précurseurs tels Gerbault, Moitessier ou Tabarly, il découvre le large.
Dans ce livre-confession, outre le Neptune Vintage, l’on découvre un homme rationnel, pragmatique, épicurien, bienveillant et tolérant, qui exprime ses doutes sur la religion, l’enseignement, la politique, la préservation de la planète, et assume son amour du rock.