#GGR2022 Entrants are certainly much more advanced and better prepared ahead of the event than in 2015 when we simply made the first GGR announcement. With three years to go all 18 of 21 Entrants ( seven Entries still available with Special invitations) have their boats and are well on the way with comprehensive refits that allow plenty of sea time before the start. Michael Date is one of FIVE Australian GGR entrants and has his ARIES 32 well on the way, with plans for some Trans Tasman crossings to start and then sailing to the Start in Les Sables d'Olonne.Well it has been a while but I don't want to waste your time with posts that aren't with some point. So any way the engine is in and the area sorted. We also have new diesel tanks fitted and water tanks made ready to go. Mark, Jimmy and Mathew have also completed the storm dodger. We have sanded the hull above the water line ready to be painted. I am hoping the Hydrovane stainless steel work will be done this work so that will be mounted . The mast is getting close to be finished with a new boom thanks to Jasen from JCMS. We have also pulled the opening ports and windows off and had replacement glass made for the opening ports and new acrylic for the fixed ports. I have also had made aluminium storm covers made for the fixed ports. Pictures below engine space from Picture 1 to picture 2. Picture 3 Storm dodger trial fit. Picture 4 Boat ready to undercoat ... See MoreSee Less
So we’ve had a few great comments and questions from Jeffro and others about Puffin’s sails and how amazing they were looking after their 30,000 mile test run.
While I can’t take any credit for the design or building of them, that’s all down to Peter #sandersails and to Istvan for choosing a great sail maker, I thought I’d share some of Peter’s “secret sauce” for those who like a bit of traditional craftsmanship; so here you go:
The Mainsail, Genoa and Staysails are all made with a cloth from the German manufacturer #DimensionPolyant called “410AP” with a UVM finish.
410 is the weight of the cloth in grams per square metre, which is about 9.6oz for our US friends.
UVM is a special coating that is applied to the cloth that increases the resistance to UV by about 25% - which would seem to be a super important add for long duration offshore sailing .
On the construction side all sails had: Separate Luff, Leech & foot tapes. Triple stitched seams & UV resistant thread.
Mainsail had: 5 full length battens, stainless rings with webbing straps. (interestingly all the battens needed replacing, as they had broken in the batten cars)
Genoa had: Acrylic sunstrip, Stainless steel clew ring with webbing straps and double head and tack webbings with acrylic covers.
Staysails had: Heavy duty hanks with reinforced attachment points, stainless steel rings with webbing straps.
In the end we chose only to have the Genoa and Main serviced, the Staysails and Asymmetric being as good as new, I’ll post a few "after service" photos when Puffin is back on the water.. ... See MoreSee Less
🇦🇺 Proud that one of my pictures made the cover of the Finnish mag PROSAIL with one of the classiest man I know, Tapio Lehtinen, 5th of the Golden Globe Race 2018. Legend !
🇲🇫️ Fier qu'une de mes photos fasse la couverture du magazine finlandais PROSAIL avec l'un des marins les plus classe que je connaisse, 5ème de la Golden Globe Race 2018. Encore Bravo Tapio ! #GGR2018 #tapiolehtinen #adventure #legend
Reliving that moment every sailor thinks about, but hopes will not happen...Are Wiig upside down, in water, unable to breath, wondering if he would drown. All in 35kts and 4mtr seas...#GGGR2018 ... See MoreSee Less
Abhilash Tomy continues to inspire many and hold a dream that may include #GR2022....it is always a long slow challenging road to the start!... Good luck!A Monsoon Maritime lecture on the topic ‘Spirit of the Sea and Adventure: A Living Saga’ was delivered by Commander Abhilash Tomy at Captain Mahendranath Mulla Auditorium on 09 August 2019. The lecture gave insights into the feat achieved by the officer in successful completion of solo circumnavigation. ... See MoreSee Less
It is now Proven that factual errors and collusion between the UK Marine Accident Investigation Branch and the commercial entity carrying out the investigation into the unfortunate death of a sailor created a false report. Worrying indeed!. An apology has been given to Clipper Ventures, the investigators no longer work for the MCA and Clipper Round the World Yacht Race are once again shown to be working to the highest possible standards with safety their absolute NO.1 Priority!! ... ... See MoreSee Less
Sir Robin Knox-Johnston is one of the world's most accomplished and respected sailors. What he and his experienced Clipper Race team complain about in these Maritime & Coastguard Agency and Marine Accident Investigation Branch reports into the tragic death of Clipper crewman Simon Speirs need to be thoroughly invistigated by an independent authority - for the sake of the MCA and MAIB's reputation as much as Sir Robin and his Clipper Ventures team. There are serious accusations - as serious and damaging as the now debunked Metropolitan Police assertians that Sir Edward Heath and other leading politians were paedophiles. There is a strong sense that in both cases, the Authorities have attempted to misrepresent the facts fit the desired outcome - to make examples of public figures.
Thanks for sharing this. The article is Practical Sailing is well worth a read!
I have always thought that the job of skipper on a Clipper yacht would be extremely hard and lonely. Maybe a journeyman Mate/watch leader system for aspiring future Clipper and offshore skippers with the requiring miles under their belts already could spread the load, and the knowledge.
And why does Barry Pickthall reference Edward Heath for heavens sake!!??!
#2 in particular is both dreadful and heartbreaking...
I think this is a misleading article designed to create a smokescreen around the clipper race and robin knox Johnson. I am unable to locate further sources and as far as I can tell, the investigation report is as dated 20 June and has not been withdrawn. Furthermore the reccomendations in the report summary are irrelevant to the comments in the article (ships nearby, burial at sea etc) and rather refer to preventative measures which is what are required. Safety teathers are a measure of last resort, not a reliable catch all fix for bad seamanship. It is beyond me how clipper continues to operate after killing three people, ramming a yacht into Africa and numerous other incidents which suggest a cavalier safety culture. These sailors are paying guests not professional seamen and if three of my customers died in my company I highly doubt I'd remain in business. www.gov.uk/maib-reports/man-overboard-from-commercially-operated-yacht-cv30-with-loss-of-1-life
Proven by whom?? The Scuttlebutt article references other Scuttlebutt articles and Scuttlebutt is just that- a forum for gossip, not even attributing their articles to authors. I’m astonished you’d share this without considering where the facts came from. These are serious allegations against the MCA/MAIB who are impartial professional bodies, overseeing so much more than these clipper incidents. Whatever the outcome is, whoever was right or wrong in MAIB versus Clipper the fact remains that three people have died in the last two races, one boat drove into Africa at speed and countless other incidents have occurred. I think the only conclusion is that these boats are too powerful for one professional skipper and the amateur crew to safely handle. Clipper should be ultimately accountable, irrespective of their safety standards. PS I sailed round the world with clipper and a massive supporter of Sir Robin’s integrity and have been an advocate of the company that enables many people to achieve a dream.
UK Health & Safety is an industry in itself and of course people have to justify their existence. I'd never run a dangerous sport out of the UK. Shame really as it used to be the home of risk taking and adventure and Sir Robin must be exasperated.
Why is this on the Golden Globe race post ??! This is a low level mud slinging exxercise that doesn’t credit anyone -// - safety issues need to be embraced - mistakes addressed whether in reports or fact gathering but I don’t like this ganging up on the MCA and MAIB both of which are highly
Professional organisations - we
Need them and we need
To work with them
And respect them -/ this is too serious to have face book exaggerated made
Up fights about .
Not good to read...
But what do they have to gain? Why? I distrust mca and maib
#GGR2018 LOOK Back to Jean Luc Van Den Heede arriving in Canary Islands 3rd place on the way south. 100's of videos on GGR Youtube channel..enjoy. :)Jean-Luc Van Den Heede was the 3rd one to pass the Marina Rubicon Drop Point mid afternoon on the 12th of july, in a very nice breeze. As usual, he was looki... ... See MoreSee Less
Entries are available now for the #GGR2022 Currently we have more entries than started in 2018 and available SUHAILI Class entries have been increased to max 28. We look forward to opening the GGR office in Les Sables d'Olonne in Sept. 2021. ... See MoreSee Less
Aloha, (?'s)- with Regards to GGR 2022, It is stated; 1. "Emergency Kite Systems "MAY" Be Allowed with The Rules of Engagement?! I/We Strongly ADVOCATE for this Measure to Be Equally-Valued Explored for Utmost Safety and More-Fun-Per-Dollar Performance Experiences. 2. Sail Inventory? 10 for Sloop 12! for Ketch!- Mine/Our Concept for Participation is Schooner/Yawl; What Is Legal for This Entry, If Invitation is Confirmed?! 3. 1968-1969 Original Globe Times supported 1st Solo "Around" Race- has Retrospectively designated 1988 within the "Design~Parameters"- Will Modern "RETRO" MultiHulls be Allowed To Play The vGame,in 2022/2025!?! (Case in point Atlantic Flying Proa CHEERS was Dialed-In during this Historical Period in Trans-Oceanic Passage Making and Basic Hand~Held Celestial Navigation... 4. "Proposal", Along with The Chichester Award, May WE Explore the future of THE "Mau/Hokule'a Recognition" Honors for that Competitor (s) that Sucessfully Compete Around~Voyage thru Ancient Traditional "Way~Finding" and Star~Compass Navigating. May The Continued Sucess~Stories Be Ever Fullfilled with many, many More Truly "Awesome" FUN Mesmerizing Experiences, in Safety, in Adventure, in Breakthru Shared Experiences; and most Importantly- The Perpetuation of More Efficient Sailing/Voyaging Empowermenting, with Hearts Full of Aloha... Keep Pulling The Apparent, and Be At-One-mant with The "Pulse" of The Wind and The Waves; Have a Most Joyous "Surfilicious"~Day. (www.rellsunn.com)… aloha nui *DolFunHeart*
Latest NEWS ( In FRENCH and ENGLISH) from #GGR2022.......NOR 2022 changes.....QUOTE!! In relation to storm tactic and equipment to use like Drogues, no individual or expert exists with a sure solution, or the ultimate answer. Every boat, storm, wave pattern and situation is different, so we will NOT regulate what entrants must do, or should have. Like all good sailors, we keep discussing it, learning and researching, then make our own decisions and face our own destiny. Their life is in their hands. If there is one thing all entrants are very aware of and serious about, it is how they plan to survive the Southern Ocean. They do not need us to tell them and we don’t have a guarantee to give. ... See MoreSee Less
Changes to 2022 GGR Notice of Race While the 2018 Golden Globe Race was the second edition of this great Race, it was also a world first Retro solo circumnavigation adventure. It was never meant to be a replica of the 1968 original. That would never work in the context of an EVENT, designed to …
This should make you SMILE! 20 year old Vendee boat and 24hrs after the ROLEX Fastnet start, she is leading the entire race and all the other HOT IMOCAS! Pip Hare Ocean Racing is doing an amazing job and still need s help to get to the start of the 2020 Vendée Globe. I just hope she gets the funding to keep her boat reliable all the way to the finish...GO PIP!! #GGR2022
Yachting World Prepare to be inspired 😍 Sprinkle all over to feel 1 million times better about life. Pip Hare has set her sights on the Vendée Globe race. But with an older boat and a tiny budget, it’s a formidable task. Yet just watch her talk about the Rolex Fastnet Race (a Vendée qualifier) to hear a woman with an unmistakable passion for solo racing expressing the sheer joy of being at sea. *** And please share, share, share to help Pip on her way! Pip Hare Ocean Racing ***
Don't miss all our Royal Ocean Racing Club Rolex Fastnet Race coverage in assocation with #Musto #TheInsideEdge ... See MoreSee Less
Skipper missing at sea. The Mini 6.5 Yachts are very active in Les Sables d'Olonne . We see them often on the Vendee marina. Our thoughts are with his family and friends. The sailboat Aelig, based in Lorient, was found empty Saturday night off Ouessant. The skipper, a 57-year-old from Nantes, was alone on board. He was not racing. He brought his boat back to Lorient after a qualifying voyage in Ireland. It had been several days since the sailboat Aelig, based in Lorient, had not given any news. The positioning tracker of the boat had stopped transmitting at the end of July. The skipper's family had then informed the Rescue. In transit between Ireland and France, the 6.5-meter boat was spotted on Saturday evening, around 8:30 pm, by the Maritime Patrol Aircraft Atlantic 2. Located 3 miles from Stiff Bay, it was under sail and appeared empty of any occupant. Immediately, the Cross Corsen deployed additional resources: the SNSM boats of Molène, Conquet and Ouessant were launched.Shortly after 10 pm, the Ouessant rescuers reached the boat. They took care of the boat confirming very quickly that there was nobody on board. The convoy arrived on the island at 11 pm. At the same time, aerial searches have been launched. The Caiman Navy helicopter based in Lanvéoc took off at 22:30. After several hours of research on a large area by all means committed (SNSM, Navy aircraft), at 3:10, for lack of new elements, the Maritime Prefect of the Atlantic decided to suspend research . The investigation is now in the hands of maritime affairs. Aelig is a racing yacht of the class mini 6.50, launched in March 2019 and skippered by Stéphane Thomas, a 57 year old from Nantes, returning from qualifying alone. The navigator has already participated in two sea races. #GGR2022 ... See MoreSee Less
Le voilier Aelig, basé à Lorient, a été retrouvé vide samedi soir au large d’Ouessant. Le skipper, un Nantais de 57 ans, se trouvait seul à bord. Il ramenait alors son bateau à Lorient après un parcours de qualification en Irlande.
Alex Thomson just presented his new BOSS! for the Vendée Globe and how beautiful it is, straight back to 1960 "JESTER" Blondie Hasler, and the OSTAR with everything below, only four winches, a simple tiny observation cockpit hatch, steering by autopilot 24/7 or remote around his neck, super low Center of Gravity and even less windage with pure airflow (DRAG is VERY important on Aircraft and she will fly!) and I recon the boom may be low! ..Pure sailing machine to WIN! More revelations in the days ahead and expect anything from the new FOILS! ...AMAZING!! :) ..Go ALEX!..and this is one IMOCA that will NOT be doing the 2022 The Ocean Race
Gaurav Shinde may have found his #GGR2022 entry? Interesting that of the current 21 entrants only three are yet to find their boats! and we still have plenty of entry spots available...Checked out this beautiful boat today owned by Todd Rengel and Juddith. Lovely couple with a lovely story that involves the boat. Boats and their owners give out a vibe which helps you judge how she's been taken care of. This boat has been loved, has a story and a heart. It's well built and well maintained. I might have just found my Golden Globe Race boat 🙂 I will just stop short of saying that I'm in love with this boat already. She's named after the Cape of Good Hope because she has always brought the current owners back home safe. What's there not to like about this boat? I believe with the preparation that I put in, it'll be slightly faster than both the Saga and the Cape Dory.... But that's all on paper. For now I'll figure out a way to make her mine. 🙂 ... See MoreSee Less
WOW! ENGLISH Language Video now from Arnaud Gaist for all his new followers...a few minutes for him to say HI!! to you about his trip to Azores. #GGR2022
Arnaud GAIST Golden GLOBE RACE 2022 A spécial video for who speaks english. It's the same video as the last one but in english. I will try to make a video one in french and one in english. No jalousy. Hope you q enjoy. #ggr #acores #goldengloberace #sail #sailaroundtheworld #jesperequejaitrouvéassezdehastaggg ... See MoreSee Less
Aïda Valceanu Volunteered to be part of the #GGR2018 from the first day we met. She like many is now part of history and what a beautiful part she was. Involved with everything and never said NO when we needed support. Exciting NEWS!...She has just announced she is writing a BOOK, released soon..in French...so ..WOW!..it will be very special...THANKS AIDA...our crazy Fun Fantastic GGR Friend!! :)
Aïda Sinon mon livre sur la Golden Globe Race, écrit en français, s’appelle " 20 000 lieues au delà des mers", c’est un carnet de voyage et sera publié fin octobre.
Ci-dessous un diaporama fait ce matin vite fait dans l’avion de cette incroyable année qui m’a amenée des Sables d’Olonne en France, à Falmouth au sud de l’Angleterre, à Lanzarote aux îles Canaries et dans la merveilleuse Tasmanie, ile sur le passage des 40 eme rugissantes entre l’Australie et la Nouvelle Zélande.
20 000 lieues aller retour et des rencontres fabuleuses au cœur de cette course pas comme les autres.
On en reparle après l’été, grand merci à Don McIntyre Jane Zhou Jean Luc Van Den Heede Yannick Moreau Uku Randmaa Uku Randmaa Golden Globe Race 2018 Lionel Régnier Frédérique Martineau Julien Berthelot Barry Pickthall Stuart Keane Shane Freeman Jesse Martin et Tina, Cel Coxinelle Guillaume Hauser et Christophe Lec'hvien pour l’aide active à un moment où à un autre et leur amitié. I love you guys.
It was just a a crazy, incredibly, beautiful, amazing, so human year ! My English don't help me enough to tell what a beautiful year you offered to us ! When I say you is you, Don, and your small team, and your entrants, and even your Tasmania!
Une année de Ouf’
Aida Quel beau relai GGR tu as fait 🤗. 😘
GGR MEMORIES!!!! A year ago Kevin Farebrother retired from the #GGR2018 in the Canaries. He asked me to sell the boat. It has proven to be a popular video! Every Monday and Friday we will SHARE interesting videos from the GGR. Watch out for them and tell your friends! :)..there are hundreds available on the GGR Youtube Channel waiting for you now!. Australian sailor Michael Ray bought the boat and is now happily cruising his way back to Australia with a dream one day that may include the GGR!Visit of a typical GGR boat. Here is Kevin Farebrother one. Kevin Farebrother bought Don McIntyre’s Tradewind 35 class yacht Silver Heels in 2016. He has ren... ... See MoreSee Less
We doubled-handed around the world, and kept a watch schedule I'd come up with in previous ocean crossings. I never liked the four hour watch, with rotations, where you never had the same watch twice in a row. This meant that your circadian rhythm was never established. So we did six-hour watches, just at night, that remained constant. If you got sleepy, you took a ten-minute power nap timed by a kitchen timer around your neck. You'd take a good look around right before and after. If you do the math you'll find that you won't reach the horizon in ten minutes, with plenty of forgiveness built in. We didn't do this close to land or in shipping lanes, but otherwise it worked very well and we always felt rested.
BTW, I asked Don during the GGR if he'd heard any reports of hallucinations from any of the skippers and he said he hadn't.
Sue and I don't do regular watches. I do a long shift at night, usually 6 hours or there abouts and that'll be in the small hours, Sue does the rest. In the tropics that's about half each, in higher latitudes it means she gets fewer night hours and I make up for it by avoiding the midday sun. We also do an utterly random ''F*** it! I'M TIRED!'' watch system where you keep pushing till you know you must rest, so call the other up. This sounds daft, but is exactly what you do as a single-hander and we find it works for two just the same way. That seems to work for us being two-handed. Big boats with big crews are better 4on 4off imo.
What's all this about longboarding one's hull? The devil and the deep blue sea are quite enough for me!
Arnaud Gaist who sailed out to the AZORES and is about to sail back, is now our ONLY French entrant!!! with the other now retired for personal reasons. Another Australian has just entered (five total) so the numbers remain the same. Entries are still available and five special invitations are still available. Sail Safe Arnaud! #GGR2022
FRENCH 6 minute Documentary with some amazing pictures of the very real dangers of containers lost at sea causing gross pollution and hazards for mariners. ! #GGR2022. A growing and serious problem. ... See MoreSee Less