On the road again one more time..on the #GGR2018 Tracker LIVE all the way home :)It was great to have beers with Sir Robin Knox-Johnston in Gosport yesterday. 50 years ago, Sir Robin Knox-Johnston set off to become the first man to sail solo non-stop around the world. He was the only one who finished the Golden Globe Race 1968. Thanks a lot for having me and it was great to chat with all the Clipper sailors. Now on my way to Dover or Ramsgate and will be back in Holland on Saturday 23, around 2pm. Looking forward to it! ... See MoreSee Less
Day 234 – Uku Randmaa handed 72 hour penalty for weather routing violation Istvan Kopar suffers broken tiller – now down to his emergency rudder Tapio Lehtinen neck-and-neck in virtual race against Suhaili Dateline: 14:00 UTC – 20/02/2019 Les Sables d’Olonne. France Third placed Estonian ski...
Never mind the penalty, Uku. Great respect for what you've achieved.
Don McIntyre did not give Uku a storm warning of 66 knots with gusts of 90 knots. Bob, a radio amateur from the Falklands did it instead of Don, and warned of a very strong storm ahead ...
Very unfair punishment,
I think it's not an error, but because of the big storm in North Atlantic. No doubt that It's a volontary violation...👋👋⛵️
Good to have Istvan serving his penalty in LSO... and perfect decision about Uku... sad, but deserved...
GGR NOTICE of RACE Determination No. 6 UKU RANDMAA 20th FEBRUARY 2019. UKU RANDMAA Breach of NOR 18.104.22.168 Routing is forbidden. BACKGROUND. 19th FEB. 2019 at 1400hrs Race HQ received a recording of radio traffic between Uku Randmaa and a Ham operator discussing weather forecast conditions. During tha...
If he asked for it, he must suffer the consequences.
Don, be clear that before my comments of first two entrants "cheating" you did not track radio about issue of weather info. And now penalty for real winner seems oddddd!
This is fair. Glad he's coming in and having the penalty added.
I hope Uku’s remaining freeze dried meals are big ones and that the spoon he measured his rice with was large ... as he still has over 2,000 miles to finish! Lets hope he can achieve 100 mile days.
Barracking for a fast finish from Aus.
Two days of sat. messages from #GGR2018 Entrants :)
Uku : WE PARKED.HOPE THE NEW WIND COME AT AFTERNOON.:) / "Nous sommes garés. Le vent arrive à nouveau dans l'après-midi.:)"
Tapio : be too hot for a Finn... / "Il fait trop chaud pour un finlandais..." Full moon straight ahead showing a silver path towards Europe, homeward bound, will still take a while... "Pleine lune droit devant dessinant un chemin argenté vers l'Europe, direction la maison, ce qui prendra encore un moment...
Tapio : Grey maintenance day, some lightnings, no squalls. / "Journée d'entretien grisonnante , quelques éclairs, pas de bourrasques." Have Mar Del Plata abeam, it war the third stopover of the Whitbread RTWR 37 years ago, so I guess I'm about 3/4 done? / "J'ai Mar Del Plata par le travers, c'était le troisième arrêt de la Whitbread RTWR il y a 37 ans, donc je devine que j'en suis aux 3/4 ?" I'm afraid it will be a slow home run due to growing barnacles and challenging winds. / "J'ai bien peur que ce sera un long trajet jusqu'à la maison à cause de la prolifération des bernacles et des vents qui me mettent au défi." We have been really lucky with the winds since C.H., let's hope it will continue. / "Nous avons été vraiment chanceux avec les vents depuis le Cap Horn, espérons que ça va continuer."
Uku : WE GOT LIGHT WIND AND START TO MOVING.:) / "Nous avons de légers vents et commençons à avancer.:)" I GOT NO FISH BUT 72H PENALTY FOR THE ROUTING. (: / "Je n'ai pas attrapé de poisson mais une pénalité pour routage. (: /
ASK Tapio Lehtinen Sailing questions tomorrow when we go LIVE at 1600UTC 21st FEB. tomorrow for 30 minutes hearing about his adventures around Cape Horn and beyond! Questions about anything you like. Please leave your questions below. THANKS :) #GGR2018 ... See MoreSee Less
Less a question than a comment: in many ways, these last 3 sailors have had a rougher go considering they have now been at sea much longer than VDH and Mark. Psychologically, they must have had greater challenges, i.e., food, water, goose barnacles, storms, equipment, and just pure time in isolation. All 5 are extraordinary sailors and individuals, but the long haul has to be even more wearing! Bravo!
1.) When you meet the person responsible for your mickey-mouse antifouling, what will you say to him ?
2.) and what would you really want to say?
ps. 3. ) Have you named any of those barnacles and do you talk to them?
What book are you currently reading? And what books do you hope to read for the remainder of your journey?
Having been away from home for such a long time what creature comforts ie your music, books, food, photos gives you the greatest lift when you need it ? ☘️⚓️☘️
What has been his favorite stretch or section of ocean so far and why? Does he think he will come back in the 2022 GGR.
I love your comments about your environment (nature, etc.). Will you publish a book about your adventure in the GGR?
Did you try to cook those f* (sorry) bernacles? ;)
How does it feel to finally be in the Atlantic and how does it compare with the southern ocean?
Le "voyage" de Tapio sera relativement long encore jusqu'aux Sables. Bien qu'il ait bien préparé sa logistique, est-il certain de ne pas manquer de nourriture ou d'eau potable jusqu'à l'arrivée ? Bon courage à lui, et bravo pour sa constante bonne humeur !!!
Is there any meals (food) or drinks you are dreaming of to have.
Wish you strength and health to complete the race. You are a big inspiration for me!
R. Lars Lindh NJK
What does he think now about his choice of boat, would he chose a different one, and does he think the Gaïa could be more competitive (with proper antifouling and more time to prepare) with for example the Rustler ?
Does he have a realistic expectation of when, all being well, he will finish?
Riittäväthän eväät ja vesi? Älliä ja huumoria piisaa, sen tiedän
Did you have a role model that inspired you to sail and at what point in your sailing career did you realise you were now an accomplished sailor?
Hi Tapio. If you are not entering GGR 2022, would you consider applying your intellect and wisdom on the Race Committee (PS: I hope you do sail though, this time without barnacles and with a motor)? Don’s Herculean race management effort won’t be able to be repeated as he is a competitor.
UKU started his 72 Hour time penalty at 0240UTC today. At 0900UTC today he officially advised GGR that he was very low on food and requested he make direct to the finish line and that the balance of his time penalty be added to his finishing time.
This was subsequently agreed by the GGR committee and he was approved to make for the finish in Les Sables d'Olonne at 1000UTC today. 65hrs 40 minutes will be added to UKU's provisional finish time. The official GGR statement will be released later today. #GGR2018 ... See MoreSee Less
As it should be. Getting them to perform pirouettes in mid-Atlantic is about as far from the spirit of the original race as you can get. I'm sure neither RKJ nor Moitessier would have stood for that.
I'm not sure I agree on this one by getting the time added at the end allows him to dodge the possibility of being caught up and then having to fight in the same weather system to the Finish... if he's short on food that's his problem he can take the time during his penalty to fish and good luck to him but he cheated... he should serve his penalty as it was first laid out in the notice of race and that would allow Istvan the possibility to catch up and would make it a very exciting finish while remaining true to the original rule. He is getting an advantage by being allowed to take off now and having his timeout at the end is how I see it...
So good news! I was so afraid and i know that he is fighting now more than before because he is in the ege of his food and it is so stressful!. All the love ja thanks for this decision...
Finally, common sense prevails. Let's hope his food holds out long enough to be fit enough to sail to the finish line. 🙏🙏
So good to hear that he doesn't have to retire from the race! I was already afraid of that. Fingers crossed for Uku!
I guess it must be mentally very hard for him right now out there... Wish him strength!
A fair decision (just my opinion)
Good call Don. You’ve done well. Let’s get him home!
Good call, safety first. Go and finish the race. That is a very very big triumph. Go Uku!!
Respect of the rules + common sense = good decision 👍
Good old fashioned common sense. At last.
Uku Randmaa ... navigating is necessary but eating also !
The right call and an awesome spin around the planet!
Good decision Don
Excellent decision - IMHO! God speed!
However, that said, overly harsh decision compared to others made earlier in the race.
Good call, thanks.
In the circumstances an appropriate decision. Well done GGR team.
Phew! The cloud on our day just lifted!
Voilà une sage décision de la GGR de donner priorité à la sécurité de Uku. ☺️
Uku Randmaa Golden Globe Race 2018 Breach of NOTICE of RACE...Weather Routing. ...72 Hour time penalty! #GGR2018
The GGR committee received today a sound recording of Radio Weather Traffic between UKU RANDMAA and a Ham radio operator. Having reviewed that communication and confirmed it's authenticity, it has been determined that UKU did receive weather routing, specifically forbidden under the GGR Notice or Race. After careful consideration and in the Spirit of the GGR, a TIME BOX penalty of 72 hours has been applied to UKU commencing at 2400hrs UTC on the 19th February 2019. UKU will need to stay South of his latitude at that time and NOT cross North of it again until the time penalty is served and then cross within 40 miles of that start position. OFFICIAL findings will be published on the 20th February. #GGR2018 ... See MoreSee Less
I think you’d have to be pretty naive to believe Uku is the only one....this seems overly harsh given his food situation and expected conditions. Have to wonder why others have not been punished as harshly.
Uku is a good man, a brilliant sailor and is as honest as the day is long. This sucks big time.
to the letter of the notice of the race No.s 1,2,2 should be disqualified as all received weather reports especially prepared for them. Especially prepared because not in that exact form available from public sources. After a group of radio amateurs published and translated the weather reports given to Jean-Luc, Don commented here that descriptions of weather systems on basis of publicly available sources was OK. So we are stuck with very different interpretations of the rules. The given penaly appears unfair if no prior warning or guidance was given by GGR on where the limits are. It is also dangerous in winter on the Atlantic. The first to blame here i.m.h.o. is the organisation.
Hi Don McIntyre, I was a member of Igor Zaretskiy team and helped him with HAM radio. We met in Le Sables and you seemed to be adequate man. Now I look for the HAM radio with Uku and wrote almost all radio communications with him. I did not listen Weather Routing during last week and don't understand your penalty to him. Could you please give me the evidence of it? I want to understand your decision.
Don, you did not get any avidanse against Uku and decide to penalty him. Who was HAM radio operator gived him Routing? Where is record of it?
I thought VDH and Slats had been in contact with Ham operators and were warned but weren't penalised? Penalties need to be evenly applied, regardless of reputations. With a major Atlantic storm in the area a TIME BOX is putting this sailor at unnecessary risk
Sailors need accurate weather to stay safe not to gain an advantage. All this could have been avoided. Nostalgia is not a good enough reason for a sailor not to have all the information he needs to stay safe.
All this talk about the liability of weather forecasters is absurd. There is clear and ancient nautical tradition in practice and law that puts sole responsibility on the skipper for navigational choices. No matter how clear the information or recommendation is, it is the choice of the skipper to follow or ignore it. He's on the scene and can see weather in a way that computers cannot. Don has repeated this many times. And in fact the GGR has indeed recommended routing to individual skippers when it believed safety was an issue.
It is also silly to believe that this kind of thing gives a huge advantage one way or the other to the participants. When Jean-Luc was closing the French coast, his team recommended that he head south to avoid bad weather. People on this list excoriated the GGR for not offering the same advice; yet it turned out the GGR forecast was better than his team's and changing course would not have been necessary after all. Weather is not, still in this age, anything like an exact science.
Can’t believe this. I don’t see Uku acting like he had any routing the past few days.. if he had, he would have hit the engine to get out of the windhole..
That’s too bad. I think now Tapio is the only racer who can finish clean.
Compared to VDH penalties this is quite unfair. Same mistake but 72 h vs 24 h???
72 hours for someone with very little food is a long time hungry!
Ridiculous. They should disqualify all competitors!
Cela est vraiment dommage ! 72 h, c'est très long surtout dans la situation dans laquelle se trouve UKU à l'approche de la tempête. 😕
Too complicated for such old school event.
We make mistakes. And learn from them. You’r the man, do it right! 🇪🇪
Huge penalty :(
It is part of the game; let them listen to the radio amateurs!
My calculations say Uku is 385 nm ahead, Istvan will only travel 252nm at his current speed in 72 hours so Uku can still be third unless Istvan speeds up a lot, still a tight race for third spot.
Unfortunate for Uku, but the rules is the rules.....
Look like message hasn’t got through to Uku. As of 04:00 20th Feb UTC his boat is still tracking north of the position 4 hours before.
Phew - it’s now 08:00 UTC and Uku’s turned south😓.
Wow. Well, you did listen to the conversation he had so it is not rumor. Feel bad for Uku, but....
Ham radio operator “a lot more than likely” following the race will of known they were putting him at risk of this penalty - do they deserve a mention.
Ah uku pity you nearly there eh , Long penalty 72 hours
Commmmming soon...Fantastic!! ..in a few weeks for some...#GGR2018🇳🇱 Nog heel even wachten en dan is het te Koop! ‘Held op zee, Het avontuurlijke leven van Mark Slats’ Een boek van Micha Jacobs over mijn avonturen op zee. Vanaf woensdag 27/2 ligt Het In de winkels!
🇬🇧 Coming out next week in Dutch my adventures written by Micha Jacobs. ‘Hero at sea, the adventurous life of Mark Slats’. No English version yet. We are working on it so pls stay pending.
Turning into the GGR GRAND TOUR! ... :) what a great way to wind down!! #GGR2018The sun is up! I had a real good time with my Golden Globe Race friends Arzu & Ertan Beskardes. Thanks a lot for having me and taking care of me. Now on my way to Sir Robin Knox-Johnston in Portsmouth.
The sun is up indeed, a perfect winter morning to sail on the Solent? Great to watch that little green icon pass through my home waters, after crossing oceans and rounding the great Capes. Missed you in Poole harbour and passing Hurst Castle! Just want to say thanks for your part in the GGR experience. Your chat with Jean Luc as you arrived in Les Sables at the end of your epic voyage will stay etched in my memory, priceless. And now a meet with Sir Robin. Bon voyage to NL, I'll buy the book! 😀
Drove down to,Poole yesterday to see Mark ,but unfortunately he was fast asleep and decided discretion was the better part of valour,and any way he’s bigger than me ,left him to enjoy his well deserved sleep.I had a good look around the exterior of the boat and was amazed how clean and tidy it was,you would never have known that it had just sailed around the world non stop.also took some good video to view later.I hope Mark has a safe journey home.
Tapio : Where have al the sea mammals gone? Not a single whale in 7,5 months, few dolphins, last ones almost 3 months ago!! / "Où sont passés tous les mammifères marins? Pas une seule baleine en 7,5 mois, quelques dauphins, les derniers il y a presque 3 mois!!" ... See MoreSee Less
Tapio come to Monterey, California. They are all here everyday. Whales, Dolphins, Leatherback Sea Turtles, Sun fish, Otters, Sea Lions, Tons of birds. You see all kinds of sea life while out sailing and from the land. Everyday here. It is a very marine rich echo system here. Just beautiful.
Tapio 😢 we will soon be all alone on a desert planet watching our big screen tv's and smart phones in air conditioned 'comfort'.
Kicking back in Cornwall... :) #GGR2018Had a call last week from two Golden Globe heroes... the strongest of the strong Mark Slats ( overall runner up) and the bravest of the brave Susie Goodall ( famously rescued off Cape Horn)...that they would be briefly in Falmouth, so naturally had to buy them lunch at the Royal Cornwall Yacht Club! Here's a pic after a jolly session. And a plug for Mark's new book which translated means Hero on the Sea, out in English in April I believe. Group photo is Hugh Kellett, Chris Clark, Colin Drummond, Susie Goodall, Mark Slats, Andrew Pool and Francis Shillitoe. 😎 ... See MoreSee Less
OK so you have been inspired like many by Robin Knox-Johnston and the #GGR2018 and you're thinking..wow..have to wait till 2022 once they are all in..what am I going to do between now and then???...well watch this and then think about it. It could change your life! :) ...and after that..maybe you enter the #GGR2026???
UKU RANDMAA commence à manquer de vent et demain sera quasi à l’arrêt alors q' une zone calme le survole par le nord. Ce système est poussé par la grosse tempête qui sévit dans l' Atlantique Nord. Elle apportera de bons vents d'ouest et sud-ouest qui souffleront pendant plusieurs jours. UKU se dirigera donc vers l' est et passera à côté des vents forts. Il lui reste 2116 milles jusqu’à l’arrivée. Ce passage rapide pourrait durer quatre jours, mais cela pourrait ensuite ralentir à nouveau. Son bateau est en bon état, et il a attrapé son quatrième poisson juste à temps, alors pour le moment il mange bien, tout en économisant sa nourriture pour son arrivée retardée. Il est encore trop tôt pour être précis sur son heure d’arrivée, alors disons pour le moment autour du 12 mars, et attendons de voir ce qu’il se passera.
ISTVAN KOPAR se bat pour faire route au nord à 4,6 nœuds, avec 2572 milles à parcourir jusqu’à l'arrivée, et toujours avec des difficultés de direction mais aucun nouveau rapport faisant état de nouveaux problèmes. À ce stade, il semble naviguer vers les AÇORES par précaution, en cas de défaillance de son système de direction. Il aurait alors besoin d' une escale pour les réparations. Il navigue toujours en équilibrant ses voiles, ce qui est facile à faire avec un vent en avant du mât ou de travers, mais s'il tourne vent arrière, ce sera très compliqué. Un marin a besoin d'une bonne direction et pour l'instant, ce n'est pas le cas d’ISTVAN …
TAPIO LEHTINEN vogue à 5,2 nœuds de travers dans un vent nord-ouest de 30 nds et profite sans aucun doute de chaque minute. Il a remballé ses sous-vêtements thermiques en laine qu'il porte tous les jours depuis cinq mois.! Demain, ce sera une autre histoire alors que le vent va se calmer, et qu’il est très difficile d’essayer de prédire sa météo pour les cinq prochains jours. Chaques jours, les prévisions changent complètement. Cela va être TRÈS frustrant pour lui entraînant toutes sortes de changements de voilure, avec de légers vents contraires dans lesquels il ne peut pas avancer faisant alors des progrès très lents. Cela pourrait même durer plusieurs semaines avec la seule perspective en sortant de cette région, de devoir affronter une autre semaine de vents contraires jusqu'à ce qu’il atteigne les Alizés Sud-Est. Les défis n’en finissent pas, mais il le sait et continue de s'amuser! J'espère qu’il reviendra en 2022 pour pouvoir profiter de vraies conditions de course !!
Uku Randmaa Golden Globe Race 2018 is eating fish again with another catch. No oil so it goes in the soup and all is well onboard. No wind forecast tomorrow then plenty from the west as that big storm way north effects his weather ....#GGR2018 ... See MoreSee Less
Latest Satellite tweets from #GGR2018 Entrants... Only Two for today and guess who's Mark's company🤔😅
Mark #Slats (via satellite) 68 SAILING AGAIN GREAT WINDS AND GREAT COMPANY :) 68 navigant à nouveau bon vent et bonne compagnie :)
Istvan #Kopar (via satellite) GD NASTY WX MODERATING & SHOOK OUT 3RD REEF FOR MORE NLY HEADING GD vilaine mer croisée qui se calme & relaché le troisième ris pour faire plus de nord ... See MoreSee Less
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Internet problem and is now stuck with Don sucking his finger
Très interessante, l'explication avec la carotte, au moins aussi claire que la bouteille de Perrier :))
Thank you Don. Still love the QA discussions. They are interesting and I learn new things all the time from you.
Hi dear don thanks from Israel 🇮🇱
St. Petersburg Florida says hi all and good luck to the last three. Finishers or not y'all are all an inspiration to us.
Hello from N Worcestershire!
Hello from The Hague
More timber and hose clamps, or a bunch of constrictor knots to hold it all together?
Balancing the sails: very interesting. From Haarlem thanks Don.
Greetings from Falmouth ☘️⚓️☘️
With you from Rhode Island!
I thought a preventer ran aft..back towards the stern? Or is that a guy?
A bad connection in the broadcast
hello Don and the GGR !!
A carrot and a GGR pen. Very interesting boat you have there! Great explanation on steering with sails and the boom brake.
Clear broadcast in the Azores
Thank you, I came back to this because it was “buffering” earlier. Very interesting about the boom brake vs preventer and the sail steering.
I see Ertan is based in Bournemouth so would that mean Mark is going into Poole or might he come through The Solent? Will keep an eye on his posts.