Guy deBoer crashes into rocks at night on the north coast of Fuerteventura, Las Palmas in the Canaries. He fell asleep shortly after passing the Lanzarote film gate, not noticing a windshift that caught him on a leeshore.
Elliott Smith called Race Control to advise his bow sprit has broken in half. He has secured the mast and rig and is heading for False Bay for repair. He also broke all compasses except for one hand bearing compass.
Abhilash Tomy reported a problem with his windvane. The servo pendulum shaft holding the rudder sheared off. This was an easy fix as he carries a complete spare system onboard to strip for spares. He has fitted exactly the same part again.
Kirsten Neuschäfer breaks all fleet records: Best speed over 4 hours at 9.8 knots, best distance over 24 hours at 218.9 nautical miles, and best distance over 7 days at 1143.7 nautical miles.
Arnaud Gaist messages Race Control that "with the barnacles and my weakness in the mast, it would be Cape Horn in April :( I divert to St Helene and return to Les Sables". He retires from the GGR.
Tapio Lehtinen deboarded the Bulk Carrier in Jakarta and is back on land, heading directly back to Finland.
Elliott Smith called Race Control to report that his bowsprit has bent up again. He was able to secure the mast and is assessing the situation, hoping to make repairs as soon as the weather calms down.
Guy Waites' Sagarmatha is back in the water and ready to set sail. But unfavourable headwinds are forcing him to wait in Cape Town until the wind shifts.
Elliott Smith called Race Control to report that he went up and down the mast more than 10 times to shorten the forestay and bypass the broken bowsprit. However, due to heavy rolling, he lost many spare parts including a spare stay over the side, unable to make any further repairs. He will continue sailing west towards Fremantle or Albany under reduced sails and retire from the race.
Abhilash Tomy breaks 7-day record - 1165 miles in one week - just before he needs to replace his split mainsail with an older mainsail.
Guy Waites sets sail again with a clean hull, trying the impossible to get to Hobart before the gate closes on Jan 31, 2023.
Elliott Smith lands in Fremantle on 19 January after 5000 miles under jury rig. He had broken his bowsprit off the South African coast and lost his spare forestay overboard after trying to repair at sea. He continued under staysail and double-reefed main, with the rig supported by the inner forestay and backstay, but did not have time to repair and get through the Hobart gate closing before 31st January.
Simon Curwen's hydrovane got damaged at the top mounting after suffering a potential knock-down in a Southern Ocean storm with large seas. He is continuing towards Cape Horn while working on a repair plan. He has not received any outside assistance at this time and remains to be the leader of the fleet.
Abhilash Tomy reports pain in his lower back after helming for many hours and calls his doctor. He suffered a severe back injury during the 2018 GGR.
Guy Waites lost his liferaft after a knock-down in strong winds and big seas south of Australia. He is heading for Hobart to replace the essential equipment.
Michael Guggenberger enters the Pacific Southern Ocean exclusion zone for 1.5 hours, resulting in a 4.5 hour time penalty.
Kirsten Neuschäfer and Abhilash Tomy experience a massive low pressure system with up to 65 knots and 10m swell. Kirsten's Minnehaha, placed a bit further north, has no major incidents to report, while Abhilash's Bayanat suffered two knock-downs without damage.
Simon Curwen arrives at Puerto Montt to repair his windvane and sprayhood.
Guy Waites arrives in Hobart to get a new liferaft.
Forced by a strong gale from south-west, Simon Curwen seeks shelter in an anchorage to wait for a better weather window before heading towards Cape Horn.
Abhilash Tomy reports that he has lost his last pendulum rudder for his windvane, sailing with leashed tiller. He also reports that his deck got punctured from the windturbines after 'going underwater again'.
At approximately 20:20 UTC Kirsten Neuschäfer is first around Cape Horn, being the first woman ever to lead an offshore around the world race.
Abhilash Tomy is second around the Horn, 10 years and 23 days after his last rounding!
Jeremy Bagshaw rounds the Horn for the first time. He saw some of the lights but didn't manage to see the outline of the Horn. Sitting in the cockpit with a big grin on his face. During his call with Don today he sounded upbeat and keen to start moving further north.
Ian Herbert-Jones approaches Cape Horn in extreme conditions with a broken windvane, after days of "biblical" conditions. With a drogue warp wrapped around the Hydrovane rudder, causing it to snap in half, he decides to stop for repairs before continuing. He is officially moved into Chichester Class.
Ian Herbert-Jones messages Race Control in storm gusting over 90kt with confused sea. He is rolled over, dismasted, with water in the boat, an injured back and gashed head. Ian decides to activate his EPIRB so that the search and rescue chain would be aware of his position and situation.
Rescue of Ian Herbert-Jones is underway. Taiwanese fishing vessel, the ZI DA WANG, 90 miles away, is diverted to his position with an ETA at 1900 UTC.
Of the three fishing vessels routing towards Puffin, ZI DA WANG is the first vessel on scene at 1830 UTC. Transfer of Ian Herbert-Jones from Puffin to ZI DA WANG is successful in 25kt wind and 4m sea. Now bound for Cape Town.
Simon Curwen in Chichester Class on board Clara/Howdens was the first home in Les Sables d’Olonne.
At 19:43:47 on Thursday 27th of April, Kirsten Neuschäfer and Minnehaha cross the GGR finish line to win the Golden Globe Race in 233d 18h 43m 47s.
Abhilash Tomy secures an outstanding second-place finish, crossing the finish line in Bayanat at 06:46hr.
Michael Guggenberger and Nuri cross the GGR finish line in third place at 07:42hr in Les Sables d’Olonne.
Jeremy Bagshaw calls GGR on his sat phone to report the failure of his forestay at the stem fitting or bow chain plate.