OUT 2018

Ertan Beskardes (60)

United Kingdom



Name Ertan Beskardes

Born June 14th 1961

Nationality British

Country of entry United Kingdom

Race GGR 2018

Boat Class Suhaili

Ertan Beskardes is a Turkish born British national who began sailing on the Bosphorus at the age of 12. He came to the UK in 1979 and made a career in military tailoring and regalia, before setting up his own company with his wife in Bournemouth in 1994. There, they built a boat in the back garden and have been sailing regularly in nearby Christchurch harbour since 1998. As their children grew up he graduated first to a Drascombe Cruiser Longboat, then a Parker 235 cruising yacht before buying a Jeanneau Odyssey 33 in 2012, sailing each year-round. Ertan had planned to sail singlehanded to the Azores, taking part in the Jester Challenge race once, and twice on his own accord only to be thwarted each time either by limited time or bad weather.

He says: “I have always been self-employed and always wanted to do something special like sail around the world. I first learned about the Golden Globe Race on Facebook in 2017 and thought to enter the second race in 2022, but then learned that there were places available for the 2018 event. I quickly found a Rustler 36 in Sardinia and have been preparing her for the race ever since.”


Boat [Suhaili]


Name Lazy Otter
Type Rustler 36 Masthead sloop
Designer Holman & Pye
Builder Cygnus Marine Ltd (UK)
LOA 35.33ft / 10.77m
LWL 26.92ft / 8.21m
Beam 11.00ft / 3.35m
Draft 5.50ft / 1.67m
Displacement 16805 lbs / 7623 kgs
Sail area 693sq. ft / 64.38sq. m

Ertan Beskardes purchased the Rustler 36 Lazy Otter built by Cygnus Marine in 1993, late in 2017 and spent the early winter months refitting her in Fertilia Marina in Sardinia. He has since completed more than 2,500 solo sea mile on the voyage from Sardina to Falmouth, stopping at Alicante.

Skipper Updates

July 6th 2018 12:00 AM

Ertan Retired from the race

Sadly we have recieved the following message from Ertan Beskardes today…
Due to personal reasons I have decided to retire from the GGR 2018. Thank you for your support during the last few months.
Kişisel nedenlerden dolayı Ertan GGR 2018 yarışını bırakmak zorunda kaldı. Destekleyen herkese teşekkür ederiz.
Ertan was the last entry into the #2018 GGR joining in late 2017 and was one of the true gentlemen of the fleet always smiling and happy to cook anyone walking by one of his special omlettes! All was well on his yacht other than an issue with his HF SSB radio. The GGR is an intensly personal challenge that takes huge committment to enter and just as much courage to retire. We look forward to seeing him back in port.

May 3rd 2018 12:00 AM

British/Turkish skipper Ertan Beskardes expects to return to his Rustler 36 Lazy Otter in Vigo, Spain on 7th May and complete his voyage to Falmouth where new sails are waiting.

April 5th 2018 12:00 AM

Ertan Beskardes is mid-way through a solo voyage from the Med back to Falmouth and made a stop in Gibraltar just before Easter to continue on-going repairs and upgrades to his Rustler 36 Lazy Otter enroute.
“Many of the problems are due to the yacht’s age and lack of use.” He says. The rough weather leg from Sardinia to Palma highlighted several leaks through hatches, air vents and around the engine, which have now been fixed. “I also found that the heat exchanger had sucked up parts from the water pump impeller and some of the piping was leaking which have now been replaced. I am very happy with the boat and getting to know her better every day.”
Ertan expects to reach Falmouth during the latter part of April, where a new set of sails await his arrival.

February 15th 2018 12:00 AM

Completed refit and set sail from Fertilia Marina, Sardinia on solo delivery voyage to Falmouth.

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