Entrant 2018

Tapio Lehtinen (63)




Name Tapio Lehtinen

Born January 19th 1958

Nationality Finnish

Country of entry Finland

Race GGR 2018

Boat Class Suhaili

Tapio Lehtinen from Helsinki is a life long sailor who started in Optimist dinghies at the age of 6. A former Commodore of the Helsingfors Segelsällskap (HSS) Yacht Club, his experience ranges from racing Lasers, 470s and 29ers to keel boat and ocean racing, including a three-decade-long racing career in his classic six metre May Be IV. He has competed in the 1981/2 Whitbread Round the World Race aboard Skopbank of Finland, the 1985 Two handed Round Britain and Ireland Race, the 2-STAR transatlantic race 1986, the Azores and Back race in 1987 and the 2014 Bermuda Race.

He says of GGR: “I am participating because I love sailing, I enjoy being at sea. I accept the challenges, but I am not a risk taker. I take pride in preparing well and sailing in a seamanlike way. I’m competitive, but realise that in order to do well in this race, I first have to finish.”


Boat [Suhaili]


Name Asteria
Type Gaia 36 Masthead sloop
Designer Sparkman & Stephens
Builder Cantiere Benello (ITA)
LOA 36.00ft / 10.97m
LWL 25.50ft / 7.77m
Beam 9.67′ / 2.95m
Draft 6.00′ / 1.83m
Displacement 15400 lbs / 6985 kgs
Sail area 540sq. ft / 50.17sq. m

Tapio Lehtinen will be campaigning a Benello Gaia 36, a Sparkman & Stephens design that won the first One Ton Cup in 1965 and a long keeled forerunner to the Nautor Swan 36, which he sailed from the Mediterranean back to Finland in 2017 prior to her being extensively refurbished at the Nordic Refit Centre in Larsmo. Built in 1965, Asteria is the oldest boat entered in the GGR, and work to restore her to racing standard has been extensive. Her deck moulding has been replaced and the interior stripped out to leave a bare hull prior to rebuilding with stronger bulkheads and fastenings. Tapio expected this work to be completed by Easter 2018 when he intended to give the boat a proper shakedown prior to arriving to Falmouth for the Suhaili 50 Falmouth Parade of Sail on June 14, 2018.

Skipper Updates

May 19th 2019 12:00 AM

Final GGR finisher takes 5th place. Circumnavigation time: 322 days 8 hours 21 minutes.

May 17th 2019 12:00 AM

ETA Tapio Sailing Very Late 19th or 20th MAY.

At 0000Hrs UTC 17th he had 318 miles to go and has been making FAST times for the last 24hrs between 6.9kts and 5.8kts riding the NW pressure zone ( 20-25kts) moving into the Bay of Biscay. It is working well for him and will continue to offer great sailing winds over the next 24hrs so we expect him to make at least 140 miles during that time. Saturday the strength will drop back to around 15-20 kts so he average may drop to 5kts and about 120 miles that day.This could leave around 60 miles left to the finish line in Les Sables d’Olonne a short distance indeed and at 5kts he could be there by midday SUNDAY! BUT! there is a wind hole forecast for SUNDAY! and it is IMPOSSIBLE to predict exactly what speed TAPIO will make. This last 60 miles could take 36 hours or?? so for now I would think he may arrive very late on Sunday night?? Lets see what tomorrow brings.

May 16th 2019 12:00 AM

ETA Tapio 19 - 20 - 21st MAY!

Two days ago I predicted he would travel 180 miles over this time…He actually did 180 miles so he is on track with the forecast still holding the same, which makes it EXTREMELY Difficult to predict his arrival. The winds are going light on Sunday…so he could do any distance in the last 100 miles, fast or slow depending, on actual local wind, always unpredictable with forecasting…so we are still saying for now 19th LATE or anytime to the 21st late! ???He now has 460 miles to go at 0000Hrs UTC on 16th and is making 5.9kts!! so he is trying that is certain. Here is the suggested sailing distances he may make in the next few days…..BUT WATCH THE TRACKER!!.. 16th-110 miles, 17th -110 miles, Saturday 18th-100 miles, Sunday 19th- 70 miles , Monday 20th -50 miles…????

May 9th 2019 12:00 AM

Tough night for Tapio  with forecast 30kt winds strengthening to near gale force! It will not last long and the next few days are looking like good direction and strength…latest messages:It aint over until the fat lady sings. You have to respect the North Atlantic, the SW has been howling & gusting over 50 kn through the night. Had #4 reef, 1/4 Yankee & 1/3 Staysail, but should have taken the main down & boom in as it hit the waves so badly that the vang broke. Should be able to fix it one more time with my Makita as the wind drops. Making great speed :).

May 8th 2019 12:00 AM

All is as good as it looks onboard for Tapio. He was excited to meet people and see land for the first time in a long time and is getting ready to finish this epic..!! Go TAPIO!!

May 7th 2019 12:00 AM

Tapio just rang again and he reports a very exciting dawn with FAIAL Island ahead and a pod of dolphins following close alongside. He is VERY excited at the prospect of seeing people again in the next few hours…We have just increased the Tracker interval to 30 minutes…we will share any info here when received..

May 6th 2019 12:00 AM

Tapio actually had to reef today and progress looks good for now..he is making 6.4kts with less than 1400 miles to go!! to Les Sables d’Olonne. Sadly we have lost WINDYTY from the Yellow Brick tracker for the past four days and they are trying to fix it. Apparently new WindyTY systems/Upgrade caused a curveball for the whole system and they are trying to develop a fix as soon as possible. Predict wind is just not as intuitive in all aspects. so we are holding our breath.. It looks like Tapio may get some strong winds once north of the AZORES so progress could remain good on the road to the finish!! the past weeks have been a mixed bag but the Azores is a psychological turning point for sure…it is the last run home so I know he will be getting very excited about that.

April 24th 2019 12:00 AM

Tapio was excited to speak to us all at the Anniversary GGR Press Conference, but on the sat phone call today, he admitted it’s the saddest day of his GGR so far. All is well on board w/ the new water Generator filling the batteries, his last novel still not finished, excited to realize cold soaked rice is not bad & a Swedish smorgasbord of cold fish is pretty good after a breakfast of cold soaked oats! The bad news is that over 2000 miles to go, progress is slow now that the trades have been left behind.There is an area of light wind ahead in a weak high pressure system well south of the AZORES, but generally the forecast for the next week looks like light to moderate variable winds forward or on the beam so we are hoping his average speeds may be around 3knots? right now he’s making not much more than 2kts. Looking ahead he is actually approaching the Bay of Biscay at a good time of the year when wind direction should be generally stable and in a favorable direction. It is way to early for an ETA into Les Sables d’Olonne but looking like Late May is about right.

April 18th 2019 12:00 AM

Tapio has no more GAS! so cold food for the rest of the trip and no tea or coffee and oats soaked in cold water.! The biggest flying fish of the whole trip landed on his deck yesterday ..HUGE! so he cleaned it ready for Fried breakfast and went to wash it but dropped it…AGGH! He went below to boil his oats again instead feeling a little down and..OPPS! No gas!!! so it would have been Sishumi anyway!…His water Generator is still not working but he has perfect sailing conditions 16kt NE wind on a low sea and the temperature is perfect in MID 20’s with the sun shining and having fun playing with his sextant. He is shooting the sun three times a day and was excited to be directly under the sun that was vertically overhead a couple days ago!. He seems to make life fun no matter what! 2550 miles without a cup of tea sounds brutal!! but if he can maintain his 4.7kts ..it will be sooner rather than later for a grilled steak! Only in the GGR hey!! 🙂 Go Tapio..

April 17th 2019 12:00 AM

We are all thinking of Tapio and I know he will be thinking of us as well, as he pushes north steadily in the NE Trades. The Azores High right now has moved way south and SUHAILI is still pulling ahead, leaving Tapio in his wake. The Trades will continue for at least another 10 days so while progress is steady it is a long booring Starboard tack for him! He reported a problem with his water generator over the last days, but has a complete replacement on board so does not seem too concerned even though it is his only real power source having lost his engine just weeks after the start and with faulty solar panels. All else seems fine, except maybe for running out of books finally! ETA is hard to predict as Tapio is only making 3-4kts in the Trades and still has 2700 miles to go as well as negotiating the Azores high that may well become unstable in the future as it generally is further north. Time will tell and Tapio has plenty of that so we are expecting him late May! Good Luck out there!

April 9th 2019 12:00 AM

Tapio FINALLY crossed the Equator at around 1700Hrs UTC on the 8th April and is now making reasonable speed..4kts.. clearly sailing in the NE Trades so I am sure he is smiling right now. Over the next few days the strength of the wind will fluctuate, but he should still make consistent speed following Suhaili on the traditional route now up toward the AZORES and the next weather challenge of the High pressure that sits waiting. With Just over 3000 miles to the finish in Les Sables d’Olonne his race is now on to see if he can arrive sometime in MAY? or will it extend into June? He has only 32 days left if he hopes to beat SUHAILI’s time and that is not looking possible. He has plenty of water and food on board so all is well for now…Welcome to the other side Tapio!

April 8th 2019 12:00 AM

Tapio has finally started to move again after more than a few frustrating days and looks like he may keep moving too! Four Hours ago at 0800UTC today he was at the end of the Blue line in the picture still 12 miles from the EQUATOR! The next strait line is the distance he covered since then 🙂 He had not really moved for some days, but now he is off !! screaming NW at 1.6kts so the he should cross over in the next?? 6-8 hrs?? The NE Trade Wind is actually coming down toward him at last but the initial stronger wind will lighten off again over the next few days but at least there should be enough there to signal he is leaving the Doldrums! A big day for him. Les Sables d’Olonne is still a long way to go!!

April 3rd 2019 12:00 AM

Tapio has been going nowhere for three past days making only about 30 miles with total calms of the Doldrums stretching for at least another 200 miles. At the moment he is completely stopped and drifting South! The good news is that by midnight tonight it looks like the NE Trades are going to move toward him and the doldrums starts to decrease in dominance. A Northerly breeze starts to appear and if he can make some quick progress NW he may be able to hold some wind for a couple days to get across this frustrating area! It is still very hard to predict, or even make a computer model forecast as local conditions with heat and thunderstorms dictate what you really get, but compared to his last few days it is a FANTASTIC opportunity. He may finally be on his way again toward another set of trade winds…Keep your fingers crossed for him or another boat load of girls in a bigger boat that could tow him to the Finish in Les Sables d’Olonne!! as he still has 3200 miles to go and that is the only way he would ever make the party, but we are all thinking of him!!

March 30th 2019 12:00 AM

Tapio is entering the Doldrums today making only 4kts with 3350 miles to go! Suhaili has been pushed out to the NW having sailed through to reach the NE trades. He is also sailing without any self steering that makes life challenging indeed. The good news for Tapio is that the area of confusing doldrums is decreasing over the next few days so he may well keep moving slowly forward. No one knows however as it is really unpredictable and impossible to show on the Tracker. While it looks like light weather overall, this is far from the truth with local severe thunderstorms and confusing seas possible at any time. He has to stay alert and work hard to reach the other side! He will of course because he loves it!

March 29th 2019 12:00 AM

Tapio Rang to tell us not to wait around for him and it is OK to shut the GGR office as he may be some time and he is not expecting a big reception. I just said don’t be so silly, everyone is waiting and will be excited to welcome you! Sailing today is not boring for him in the SE trades and he continues to make average speeds he could only dream of in the past months! it is wet hot sailing with hatches closed and hang on down below, but who cares when you are making consistent 5kts toward home and only have 3488 miles to go. At that rate he would arrive around the 26th APRIL! but Tapio is not a dreamer and knows it will take a bit longer as the DOLDRUMS are looming ahead and that is always going to be the next problem. They do not look kind in the forecast and will mean many days of frustration intense and at times quite vicious storms, calms , lightning and no sleep. They are only a couple of hundred miles ahead so he is rushing toward them right now and that will be the only thing on his mind for the next two days…he is nearly there!!

March 26th 2019 12:00 AM

Tapio is on a roll, charging along in the SE Trades at 5kts and smiling hard. He arrived a couple days ago and things are looking good now for the next few days. SUHAILI is about 800 miles ahead and crossing the equator so it is still some time before Tapio will cross over. The trades should last for another 3-400 miles only, then it gets tricky again with an active doldrums with it’s squalls, thunderstorms heat and calms. Right now they stretch for nearly 600 miles, so as much as he is always happy at sea, this is going to be demanding for sure. He will have to work hard to make progress and relaxing may all of a sudden become a scarce commodity. There is only one thing worse for a sailor than no wind, and that is a mix of no wind and sudden strong wind from any direction for only minutes, you can do only one thing, wish for it to be over!! With 3800 miles to go to Les Sables d’Olonne the next challenge to the equator is going to be a tough one! ETA: beginning of JUNE!!

March 23rd 2019 12:00 AM

TAPIO LEHTINEN is struggling North now with 20kt northerly headwinds making around 3.7kts with 4100 miles still to go. headwinds will remain for the next few days but as he pushes out to the NE he will eventually enter the E slant of the trades, tack over onto Starboard and make direct North. Finally then he may start to make steady progress toward the equator and the finish!. Still a long way to go but the equator is the next big celebration and feeling of actually getting somewhere. He must be feeling a little more lonely right now, the only #GGR2018 sailor left sailing. He enjoys his world no doubt but he will certainly enjoy getting home. There will be water and spray over the deck, getting hotter and the hatches will be closed, so finding a comfortable spot to read that book will not be as easy as it once was! SUHAILI will jump north any day now and pull away quickly just before Tapio gets to say HI!…

March 18th 2019 12:00 AM

TAPIO sadly still sits in his large challenging wind hole making very slow progress but he reports all is fine! and business as usual…He is making 3.3kts with 4430 miles to go.

March 14th 2019 12:00 AM

TAPIO LEHTINEN is also making 2.5kts today with nothing exciting for him for the next three days at least with light headings or no wind on the horizon for now, but it must be great out there at the moment!

March 13th 2019 12:00 AM

TAPIO LEHTINEN stopped yesterday with no wind and today he will go nowhere again. At the moment he is making just half a knot. there is a HUGE are of no wind beside him but in 36hrs he may see some slight headwinds come to him from the west. on this occasion headwinds even are better than no winds. The bad news is nothing will be easy for at least the next six days as the trade winds have collapsed so progress is going to be very frustrating for sure and SUHAILI is waving goodbye and for TAPIO it is now impossible for him to catch. Such is the life of a sailor but once again we all know he will be enjoying his ocean. ONLY 4700 miles to go!

March 11th 2019 12:00 AM

TAPIO LEHTINEN is struggling as we thought and it is still going to be another three days of Frustration with head winds or light winds. Suhaili is roaring away from him right now but as you can imaging. No complaints and his tweets make interesting reading! It must be feeling lonelier out there now that UKU has finished.

March 9th 2019 12:00 AM

TAPIO LEHTINEN is continuing to push head winds today with no break on the horizon so it is really just one day at a time. When you still have 4900 miles to go at 2.8kts not in the right direction that is still a lot of days!

March 8th 2019 12:00 AM

TAPIO LEHTINEN finally Tacked north but it did not last long. this morning he is making only 1.2kts back on port tack. This is his world for the next few days. Going nowhere and watching SUHAILI race away. The good news??? Nothing lasts forever.

March 7th 2019 12:00 AM

Tapio continues on port tack making SE which is strange indeed. If he tacked now, even through 120 degrees he would make better progress toward the finish, but he must have his reasons or a very good book as everything else is the same. His headwinds will continue for days!

March 6th 2019 12:00 AM

TAPIO LEHTINEN is stuck now and cannot move forward with the prospect of head winds or light head winds or no wind over the next four or five days. he is currently sailing aways from the finish line SE as 2.9 knots. Not much fun for any sailor!

March 5th 2019 12:00 AM

TAPIO LEHTINEN is still sailing which is good news with the forecast changing again. he is making 3.6kts and would be happy with that. the next few days are still going to be forward of the beam and worse but at least there is wind. he may just hold SUHAILI for a little longer.

March 4th 2019 12:00 AM

TAPIO LEHTINEN is approaching his headwind zone. It will start in the next few hours as a light head wind, then grow and little and stay that way for nearly a week..NOT fun when you cannot drag barnacles to windward so he has some good BOOK time ahead. Currently making 3.2kts with 5000 miles to go and SUHAILI still sailing away.

March 1st 2019 12:00 AM

TAPIO LEHTINEN is trapped now basically becalmed and will just enjoy the simplicity of the days ahead without making much progress. No storms, pleasant temperature but the expected SE trade winds have gone!! Next week will remind TAPIO of the constant headwinds and going nowhere feeling off the east coast of New Zealand many months ago. My guess is he will only be a few hundred miles north over the next seven days?? The life of a GGR sailor is never boring!

February 28th 2019 12:00 AM

TAPIO LEHTINEN is a man of the sea always happy and that is a good thing as his struggles in confusing weather will continue. The SE trade winds are nowhere to be seen. Just an area of variable everything and very light so progress is slow. Suhaili is going to pull further ahead for sure. His boat is dry and warm so he smiles.

February 26th 2019 12:00 AM

TAPIO is loving his SMS messaging through his sat phone now that he cannot send short messages on the YB3 unit. It is easier to give long messages and he is certainly doing that. GGR could start up his grab bag unit but as he is going to be out there alone for some time yet with 5279 miles still to go to the Finish , we have decided to let him continue! Today he is making 3.4kts with favourable winds and the next four days should provide average conditions suggesting daily runs of 75-100 miles. All is well onboard with the boat and he simply re-reads the books again. He has plenty of food and is enjoying his time. Not much more to say because we know you are reading his loner text messages for now. SUHAILI is still holding to the East and ahead of Tapio and looks like beating him in! the race continues!!

February 22nd 2019 12:00 AM

TAPIO LEHTINEN is enjoying his summer cruise and has a HUGE BUTTERFLY about 15cm long flying around the boat for nearly a 12 hours. He is hundreds of miles from land! His weather looking forward is a mess of all types so progress will probably only average about 3kts on course. All the time SUHAILI is sailing away and TAPIO cannot catch him. he is 5600 miles from the finish. At least the hatches are open and things have been dried out in the sun and his world is just great. never any complaints and enjoying the ride with an ETA into Les Sables d’Olonne of MAY 15th. If you missed the 30 minutes LIVE on Facebook go check it out. he is enjoying the GGR !

February 18th 2019 12:00 AM

TAPIO LEHTINEN is making 5.2 kts in a 30kt NW beam winds and no doubt enjoying every minute. he has packed his woolen thermal underwear that he has worn every day for the past five months.! Tomorrow will be a different story as the wind goes light and then it is very hard to even attempt to describe his weather for the next five days. It changes completely every day. it is going to be VERY frustrating for him with all manner of sail changes, light head winds that he cannot do and very slow progress. This could even last weeks with the only prospect once through this area, another week of basically head winds till he reaches the SE trades. The challenges are never ending, but he knows that and just keeps having fun! I hope he comes back in 2022 so he can enjoy some real racing!!

February 15th 2019 12:00 AM

TAPIO LEHTINEN is now making just 3.5 and looks set to have three or four days of reasonable weather before meeting a large zone of calms, squalls and frustrations between him and the South east trades his next objective.! All seems well onboard.

February 14th 2019 12:00 AM

TAPIO LEHTINEN as predicted is stopped in a hole right now making just .7 kts going nowhere fast. The breeze will return in the next few hours but then at best he can only expect a mixed bag of weather depending on his track. If he continues to move further out to the east he should do ok but if he is tempted to make more noth he wil likely be stopping and starting for the next few days. Entering the HORSE Latitudes is really a lottery and TAPIO is entering the draw. will he be a winner of loser? only time will tell. Like in every yacht race is all depends on the wind! He missed his scheduled satphone call yesterday as he was busy sailing the boat and promises to ring today!

February 12th 2019 12:00 AM

TAPIO has had very good strong sailing winds in the past days allowing higher than normal average speeds for a barnacle boat! Progress North has been great but in two days he will sail straight into the centre of a system and will stop, becalmed. All is good onboard except for the fear of Sharks so he will continue to watch his little friends under the boat grow. At least the temperature is rising and hatches will soon be open with hopefully a little sun and he will be able to enjoy his new Atlantic world after three months in the South. GGR will have a 30 minute LIVE Question and Answer session with Tapio later this week, so watch out for that and hear all about his challenges and the beauty of his voyage!

February 8th 2019 12:00 AM

TAPIO LEHTINEN is through the straights and slowed to 1.5kts but in the next few hours his wind will return and hold for the next four days or more. he is headed toward the Falklands which he will leave to starboard and then will have great sailing up into the South Atlantic toward the tricky HORSE latitudes. In about five days he should come to a succession of calms. Perfect time for a swim?? and barnacle picking but will he take it? with 6791 miles to go to Les Sables he only needs to average 95 miles a day to make the prize giving on April 22nd?? ..he could do it easily with a clean bum! .

February 6th 2019 12:00 AM

TAPIO LEHTINEN made a safety call to GGR at 4am this morning, middle of the night his time. He was without sun and a good sextant fix for many days, so worried he may be too close to a small island. GGR advised he was OK and now he is just 40 miles from CAPE HORN making 4kts with an ETA of around 2230UTC today. His tracker is now on 1 hourly positions and the weather looks good for a Typical moderate passage. It is his second time round and the most important one for him. He reported last night a clear sky and many stars with the Southern Aurora Lights in the sky toward Antarctica. Yesterday he had dolphins around and when becalmed for a short time another SHARK!!! They must sniff the Barnacles!! ..we are waiting the good news now!!!

February 5th 2019 12:00 AM

TAPIO LEHTINEN id enjoying sunshine for now, lighter winds and making just 2.4kts on his final approach to CAPE HORN 125 miles away. In about 6 hours the NW wind will return at 25-35 kts and hold all the way so hopefully by late tomorrow we will all be celebrating for Tapio. He called yesterday to report a possible problem with his YB3 sat. texting unit and we are trying now to establish a solution.

February 4th 2019 12:00 AM

TAPIO finally can smell CAPE HORN. It is just 220 miles away and he is flying at 4.6ks. SUHAILI just beat him around.He should round it in just over two days!! He has already messaged us that it will be a happy sad day. Good to get around but sad to leave a place he loves and feels at home in. He lives every day with an attachment to this wild wilderness.He is the Philosopher of the fleet and a history buff who has been here before sailing with the greats of the early Whitbread Race. No one can foretell the future and it is a long way yet to the finish but I hope Tapio comes back in 2022 to do this again with a clean bottom. He is a Racing sailor and he knows he is cruising dragging those barnacles so he is making the most of it at every level. He has his problems onboard and a solo sailor in the Southern Ocean does it tough. Tapio just keeps telling us how beautiful it is down there. Today he sails ion 35-40kts with 6mtr seas and it is cold. the forecast says no storm for the next three days! Every one sailing the GGR is a winner and he has our respect!

January 26th 2019 12:00 AM

TAPIO has more strong weather approaching from the west as quite a strong storm that is forecast to peak up before it arrives with him. He will still experience 50kts and BIG seas but he is getting used to this and his boat preforms well in heavy weather. Progress to the HORN now 1000 miles away is very slow indeed but for the next week after this approaching storm there appears to be no more! Fingers crossed. We all want to see him safely around.

January 24th 2019 12:00 AM

TAPIO LEHTINEN is 1200 miles from Cape Horn and for the next eight days he has a clear run to the Cape with no Storms projected. That is probably too much to expect and he will get plenty of typical Windy wet big sea weather as you expect in this part of the world but we all just hope he gets a move on! SUHAILI is looking in the back ground and may soon take the lead…

January 23rd 2019 12:00 AM

TAPIO LEHTINEN is just on the edge of the worst in his storm which has stopped climbing north. His efforts to get out of the way helped greatly. He will still have 50-60kts and 10-11mtr seas but not for too long and it is quite severe south of him. There is more heavy weather coming after this but things look reasonable once he is through the next 18 hours! He reports all well onboard after a 10 hour sleep and the boat is ready!

January 22nd 2019 12:00 AM

TAPIO LEHTINEN is hanging on for another ride. A significant potentially dangerous storm is approaching. He is trying to run NORTH EAST to keep as far away from the center as possible. Fortunately he will experience the sudden wind shift to South West before it really builds to 60-70kts with 9-11mtr seas so they may be long and organized hopefully from only one direction. It builds of nearly a day before it will peak tomorrow. The storm nearly stops moving south of Tapio and then starts to extend north to catch him? it is a little unusual but we have great confidence in Tapio and his beautiful boat. When he finally gets past this there is another storm forecast in about five days. ! Welcome to the Southern Ocean. ….

January 21st 2019 12:00 AM

TAPIO LEHTINEN went through his recent storm with no reports of damage but plenty of serious heavy weather. He is still at the tail end of it with strong SW winds but the worst seas would have been on the wind shift early on when it swung from North West to SW. He currently has 7-9mtr seas and while it is dropping now there is an even more challenging storm headed his way in the next two days. It is very hard to predict at the moment but it is being monitored. The sooner he can get out of the Southern Ocean and around Cape Horn the happier many will be ..But TAPIO will miss it, as there is no doubt he loves this special place, one of the last great true wilderness areas left on the planet.

January 18th 2019 12:00 AM

TAPIO LEHTINEN is enjoying his sail south, deeper into the Southern Ocean toward Cape Horn but GGR have now alerted him to make east immediately as another storm is approaching from the SW in a few days and it may pass under him if he stays above 50 south Latitude. he is making 3.7kts and is 1500 miles still to run to the Cape Horn. His Auto Tuning unit for the HF SSB Radio is currently not working which means no radio traffic for now and he is trying to fix it so he can get weather reports that will be very important in the future.

January 15th 2019 12:00 AM

TAPIO LEHTINEN has been sitting waiting for the storm this morning able to make just 2.8kts in light winds. It is all about to change in a hurry as 50-65kt winds are just hours away. He has not quite been able to run fast enough so will be impacted for about 8 hours with the worst winds that should then drop as fast as they arrived. Fortunately once again he wil miss the worst of it which is passing behind and below him. Alert sent to him this morning. ALERT sail EAST fastest 1500UTC BIG increase wind N 40-50K, then 1700UTC N 50-65K then 2100 NW dropping fast 50-40K then 2400UTC W 30-35 sea 6M make 4 CH No storm till 22nd GDLK.

January 13th 2019 12:00 AM

Tapio Lehtinen’s heavy weather has passed and the storm approaching from the NW late on the 15th is decreasing in strength, but also in direction and is now moving further West toward him. The only way for him to miss that is to now turn South instead of going SE and let it slide by in front. It was good to see him sailing fast for a change at over 5kts even dragging the Barnacles!

January 8th 2019 12:00 AM

TAPIO LEHTINEN is now trying to head East and North as there is a storm approaching in the next few days. GGR have issued him the following weather alert. MAKE NORTH every opportunity LARGE storm 11th at 2300UTC preceded by strong NW wind. Need to be 100 Miles North of present position soonest. The winds are dropping where he is and tomorrow it is expected to go very light before the northerlies start so it my be challenging to make speed north. If the Forecast holds true he will possibly experience the top edge of this storm and experience wind of up to 50kts but only time will tell.

January 6th 2019 12:00 AM

Tapio Lehtinen is still struggling to make high speeds even in strong winds but he is headed SE with strong NE winds toward his objective Cape Horn and wonders if he can make a new Record as the slowest circumnavigation. No News from IGOR but the clock is counting down.

January 4th 2019 12:00 AM

TAPIO LETHINEN is feeling like Captain NEMO right now in a lonely Pacific Ocean all to himself now that ISTVAN is in the Atlantic and IGOR has not restarted. His forecast headwinds are just starting so progress is slow at 2.2kts on stb tack but he should Tack across soon to port and head SE with a strengthening NE wind that will send him faster on his way through the NO GO ZONE which is now open and on toward Cape Horn.

January 3rd 2019 12:00 AM

Tapio Lehtinen is sailing slowly at 3kts in good weather that will turn to headwinds on the 4th and then strong Northerly winds starting the 5th. He will be forced South but the NO GO ZONE will be open for him then, so he can run with it and after head direct for Cape Horn. It is still 2350 miles way and hopefully he will make it end of January! All is well onboard with all systems, though he has many barnacle friends for company and just a few birds! He loves his time in this wilderness.

December 31st 2018 12:00 AM

TAPIO LEHTINEN continues to make slow steady progress over the past few days with the forecast headwinds never arriving. He spent one day making small repairs to a few sails. He will be becalmed for Xmas EVE with very light winds maybe and then start moving again for the New Year.

December 28th 2018 12:00 AM

TAPIO LEHTINEN has a great breeze and is making 4.7kts this morning with 2800 miles still to run to Cape Horn. On the 30th there may be a small calm to attack the barnacles again but so far nothing heard on this for nearly a week! but he is due to call in today so check GGR SoundCloud! At this speed of 4.5kts it will mean he may make Cape Horn as the first boat crosses the finish line in Les Sabels. That will then leave 7000 miles left to run and he will about 80 days to arrive before the Official GGR Prize giving…he can do it!!

December 27th 2018 12:00 AM

TAPIO LEHTINEN has been struggling with headwinds but now they have swung to the north and are on the beam. For some reason speed is still low at 2.7kts when he should be going much faster but when you look at the forecast for the sea is showing 5-maybe 6mtrs and it would be very messy with cross seas. This makes it’s own challenges so he may still be in his bunk reading what books he has. In the next 24 hours the wind will swing to the NW behind the boat which will help! Cape Horn is still 2800 miles away so the challenge continues.

December 26th 2018 12:00 AM

TAPIO LEHTINEN enjoyed his Xmas and is now in his bunk reading and eating only for the next few days with winds building from ahead and average speeds to the east dropping. There is not much you can do in these conditions but hang on for the ride and the boat jumps around and water flies everywhere. It will take two days before it shifts to the North and he is able to make for the Horn again.

December 24th 2018 12:00 AM

TAPIO LEHTINEN is sailing ok and all happy but his world will change in the next few hours as the wind starts to swing forward of the boat. Xmas day he will has a solid headwind that will hold before finally swinging to the north on the 27th. It may be a wet bumpy Xmas in his little world. You never hear complaints however as he always looks for the good moments in every situation! Quite an amazing guy and full of GGR Spirit! Many will be thinking of him on Xmas day as he thinks of them!

December 21st 2018 12:00 AM

TAPIO LEHTINEN had plans for today to clean barnacles from the hull without swimming by swinging out on the spinnaker halyard then using the boat hook with scraper attached walking along the hull like a rock climber abseiling. He is still worried by sharks and the weather shows nearly a calm for him so we hope it is successful. He needs to make Les Sables d’Olonne by APRIL 22nd for the Prize giving final party!

December 20th 2018 12:00 AM

TAPIO LEHTINEN had a superb with clear skies and crystal blue seas continuing his dream of being back in the Southern Ocean on a boat he loves. The No Go Zone keeping him north is giving him good weather no question.

December 19th 2018 12:00 AM

TAPIO LEHTINEN has been riding strong winds and 5-6 mtr seas for the last couple days and reports all well for now. He has been using his internal steering system to assist the windvane steering down big waves. he sits in his protected hatch with head in the dome and has two foot pedals with ropes connected to the tiller so steers with his feet. Bernard Moitessier used to steer from inside during the biggest storms to assist his TRIM TAB wind vane system. As is always the case , Tapio is happy to be in the Southern Ocean and all seems well with him.

December 17th 2018 12:00 AM

TAPIO LEHTINEN is in strong SW winds and enjoying the speed that allows him to charge his batteries with the water Generator. Always happy he enjoys the Southern Ocean so much. the good news is he may just outrun the sharks and there is possibly another calm in two days that could give him a chance to remove some barnacles if he dare. All seems well onboard for now and with IGOR out with a temporary health problem he now is the last man running to Cape Horn.

December 14th 2018 12:00 AM

TAPIO LEHTINEN is moving slowly in very light winds for now and IGOR ZARETSKY’s work program is progressing to schedule!

December 12th 2018 12:00 AM

TAPIO LEHTINEN moves slowly dragging barnacles a constant frustration. It dominates every though. Still he is happy to be at one with the Ocean and knows there is nothing he can do so moves on with his world. The boat is good and so too is the weather for now so east comes easily but not fast.

December 10th 2018 12:00 AM

TAPIO LEHTINEN missed a big chance two days ago to finally clear the barnacles off his hull. It was calm sea and no wind. He had been waiting for this for two days as the forecast said. But along came TWO sharks to play around his boat all day. Then came the wind again from the right direction so he sails off but still too slow. Life in every other dimension is good onboard. His time at sea is his dream comes true. Now he looks for another calm to make life even better.

December 6th 2018 12:00 AM

TAPIO LEHTINEN is roaring along at 4kts in the right direction up over the corner of the ZONE and east to CAPE HORN his best progress in many weeks. This will continue for a few days. Looking ahead he may then be becalmed for a day on the 10th DEC. which could, if there are no sharks around, offer the perfect occasion for him to remove his Barnacles!

December 3rd 2018 12:00 AM

TAPIO LEHTINEN continues to be plagued by unfavorable wind directions blocking his easterly path and in the next 24hrs that gets worse with speeds increasing to 35kts. When SUHAILI and Robin Knox Johnston were in this area he was also hit with nearly 20 days of easterly winds! The good news is that in 36 hrs the wind will finally swing and allow him to make steady progress to the east. His followers will breath a sigh of relief so he must be happy!

November 28th 2018 12:00 AM

The poor Finn is still struggling with headwinds and has been going back for several days along the East coast of New Zealand. He will have to wait a little longer before tacking to pursue his course in the right direction taking advantage of the north-east wind rotation, in the night from Thursday to Friday. But Tapio keeps the spirits up ! “CLEAR SKIES, CRISP SUN, KEITH JARRET KOLN CONCERT – AH!:)”

November 26th 2018 12:00 AM

Frustrated beyond the ordinary, Tapio has nearly another week of headwinds still to come and the headwinds of the past week have effectively halted his progress toward Cape Horn! he wonders if this is climate change and how the wheat Clippers of old would have sailed through similar! he still remains happy to be at sea and frustrated with his barnacles that are not helping his windward ability. This is normally a strong point for the GAIA 36 S&S design. But not for now. At least they are not gale force headwinds for now.

November 21st 2018 12:00 AM

TAPIO has turned north now after his move south away from the dangerous lee shore of New Zealand with strong winds threatening to push him onto the coast. The barnacles stop him sailing close to the wind and the bad news for the next four days is frustration light to moderate head winds block his progress into the Pacific. This is all bad news for TAPIO

November 19th 2018 12:00 AM

Tapio is battling unfavorable strong head winds potentially pushing him onto a dangerous lee shore at the tip SE tip of New Zealand. His satelite tweet said…GLIMPSE OF SW CAPE OF STEWART ISL. BETWEEN CLOUDS, SCARY & BEAUTIFUL..then four hours later …SAILING AND FLYING ARE CHALLENGING IN A GALE & CLOSE TO LAND then a few hours ago …STRESSING CLOSE TO LAND. He has been forced to tack away and reverse his course , trying not to get trapped. there are outlying rocks just 16miles off his beam as he struggles to sail clear. The next 48hrs are forecasting a series of strong gales, all from the wrong direction followed by another three days of headwinds, stalling any progress on course and letting Istvan and the rest of the fleet slip away into the distance. He continues pumping water from his leaking forward compartment which had ruined all but three rolls of his toilet paper so he now has a lot on his hands right now!! 🙂 The barnacles on his hull are not helping and causing even more frustrations.

November 14th 2018 12:00 AM

For TAPIO LEHTINEN, the crossing of the Tasman Sea is not peaceful cruise. All set to swim and pull barnacles then wind stopped the show…so he still has them all!..and little issues with his headsail furling extrusions keeps things slow!! Tapio, pushing by a strong northern wind, is caught in a thick and wet fog wondering if he should blow into the horn ?! The switch of the current strong northerly wind to the south-south-east tomorrow will force Asteria to pass under New Zealand upwind, before the return of westerlies on Friday. The formation of a high pressure system in his transom could also slow down his progress …

November 7th 2018 12:00 AM

As for TAPIO, he finally reached the Hobart Boatshed.com Drop Point, without having the ability to use his engine. The Finn appeared smiling and fit and should leave again 24 hours after this mandatory stop at Kingston Beach. He should then enjoy lenient conditions for several days to start of with the Tasman Sea.

November 5th 2018 12:00 AM

“RUNNING IN GOOD WESTERLY TOWARDS HOBART,ALREADY ON TAS CHART” Tapio Lehtinen Sailing is just 60 miles from South East Cape making 5kts but there is a NO WIND zone forming there in the next six hours. He has NO MOTOR so it is very difficult to make an ETA in Hobart. The wind will not return for another 12 hours and then be light head winds only. At this stage he may arrive at the Boatshed.com Film drop around Midnight local time on the 6th NOV but could be delayed another 18 hrs. He will be the 6th to join this imposed gate. A great performance on a boat that many find unsuitable for navigation in the Great South.

November 2nd 2018 12:00 AM

While a weather alert has just been announced over the south of Tasmania, TAPIO through the night is at the heart of the biggest storm he had to suffered since the start of the race, 55 kts winds, gusts to 70 in a swell that reaches 12 meters. This is the terrifying environment in which the Finn is evolving at this very moment. He curved yesterday his route to the northeast to try to escape the strongest system but it was not enough. If he watched helplessly the barometer dropping, he knows that in the next 20 hours the wind should rapidly drop… but the seas will take a lot longer to calm down. Under storm jiib, and Stay sail, TAPIO expects the situation to deteriorate a little further and is impressed by the landscape surrounded Asteria.“IMPRESSIVE SCENERY IN THE SUN, STRONGEST YET 2 COME, BARO RSNG”

November 1st 2018 12:00 AM

Still preoccupied with barnacles : “HAVE A SLIPPERY DECK and COARSE BOTTOM, WAS MEANT 2BTHEOTHERWAY” But A HUGE NW/SW storm with 55/65kt winds and 12mtr plus seas is about to sweep through the Fleet. Tapio Lehtinen Sailing has been advised to expect it from 1900hrs UTC 1st NOV. He has nowhere to hide…

October 31st 2018 12:00 AM

The finn sounds OK today during his safety phone call to GGR Race control. The main issue for our sailor are the goose barnacles stuck on the hull of Asteria, slowing him down even more.. So, in à few days he should get to Hobart, and is already planning to take some time to dive and clean the boat in order to get rid of those barnacles ! He also tells us that he keeps preciously a small flower in the clock of his boat, enjoying the sweet lavender scent of this little lucky charm offered by my little girl when he left Les Sables d’Olonne… Céline

October 29th 2018 12:00 AM

TAPIO, 580 miles behind Susie, and 250 milles behind Istvan is getting prepared to finish off with the Indian Ocean, in which he avoided the worst gales, but it has not spared him. The Finn facing the lack of energy, has also made the recent and very unpleasant discovery of a legion of barnacles on the narrow hull of his boat.

October 26th 2018 12:00 AM

SAILING ON THE SILVER BRIDGE OF THE MOON TWRDS TASMANIA, Tapio lost some ground on Istvan in the last few days. The weather was so bad that he installed for the first time a rope system to be able to adjust his windvane with his feet, being protected, behind à plexi box. First conclusive test! “SMOOTH RUNNING IN FRESH WNW, WINDPILOT STEERING BEAUTIFULLY”.

October 24th 2018 12:00 AM

Tapio is expected little calms which should cause him to lose some ground that this nasty gust of wind had allowed him to win on SUSIE. Astéria should momentarily slow down tomorrow before finding a moderate flow of westerlies and a new strip of high pressures. This slow progression could be further hampered by the presence of the forbidden navigation zone located at the 42nd parallel which will prevent him from diving south before 330 NM. To be continued…

October 17th 2018 12:00 AM

TAPIO is still progressing alongside ISTVAN in a moderate southerly flow, which is going to be significantly stronger, blowing west in two days, so much that the organization has also asked them not to come down south, to stay at the top of the worst part of this gale to come. At least they are together, within 10 miles of each other. “TALKING WITH ISTVAN ON VHF, HE IS ALMOST AT SHOUTING DISTANCE!” A significant comfort in these hostile and isolated regions of the globe … especially for the Finn who owns the lowest boat on the water of the fleet.

October 10th 2018 12:00 AM

Everything is fine, despite the calm and weak winds of last week that have significantly slowed his progress down. Today, during his safety phone call to GGR Race Control, he was enjoying a beautiful sunny day aboard Asteria sailing downwind. Tapio still really enjoys his adventure and appreciates every little bit of marine life and environment on the way.

October 8th 2018 12:00 AM

Tapio Very chatty on text messages and who seems to be enjoying the ride !
Tapio #Lehtinen (via satellite) :

October 5th 2018 12:00 AM

“1ST SNOW AT KILPIS? GOT TO HURRY UP 2 MAKE IT THIS SEASON:)” TAPIO is pushed by the winds and should continue to progress properly these next two days, bows pointed to the east. Yesterday on the phone he says that “he passed the position of the boats of Abhilash and Gregor”, and that he is “trying to catch up with Susie and to stay away from Istvan” . He has not been able to fix his heater yet, and his engine is not working anymore, but he does “not need that to keep sailing”, he says. Yesterday, he filmed an Albatross, and he regrets not having brought a book on marine ornithological fauna on board to help him to recognize all the birds observed so far. Tapio (via satellite) “WIND! SSE, BEATING WITH H1andR2, ASTERIA WEATHER!”

September 29th 2018 12:00 AM

Behind, TAPIO LEHTINEN, as well as ISTVAN KOPAR, SUSIE GOODALL, and LOIC LEPAGE will have to face a much more violent system. Fortunately, they are located, following the recommendations of the organization of the GGR, high edge of the gale. But their relatively northern position should also preserve them from the bulk of the swell and the wind.

September 25th 2018 12:00 AM

Yesterday Tapio wrote that he “CANT REALLY ENJOY THE PERFECT SUN&RUN BEFORE ABILASH RESCUED”. Today it’s a “RELIEF ABILASH and GREGOR ARE SAFE, GET WELL SOON, THX TO RSQERS“.TAPIO LEHTINEN, has benefited from better weather conditions than the leading group, even if the swell generated by the gale of this weekend is still consistent. Alongside ISTVAN KOPAR and LOIC LEPAGE, he is sailing on the high edge of a northwesterly wind system that will become even stronger before waning as he moves south-west … Wind directions will allow him to progress towards the direct route, fully East. Note that TAPIO LEHTINEN who had been overtaken by ISTVAN KOPAR is now in front of the Americano-Hungarian thanks to a better passage of the depression this weekend.“BACK TO BUNK, SHE IS RUNNING WITH THE SILVER APPLE IN HER WAKE”

September 19th 2018 12:00 AM

Tapio still sailing along with Istvan, was heat by a storm last night : (via satellite) A BUMPY RIDE THRU THE NIGHT IN 30 KN HEADWIND”; and is getting ready to face the new storm coming in the next 48h…(via satellite) “BARO DROPPED TO 995, CALM 1 HR, NOW RISING, NW 20KN”.

September 14th 2018 12:00 AM

TAPIO LEHTINEN and ISTVAN KOPAR, whose routes converge again, should not escape the zone of calm building up and may well remain stuck for two days, Sunday and Monday.
However, Tapio keeps his sense of humour ! : “HOW 2 DRY A SHIRT? PUT IT ON, A SWEATER ON TOP AND EAT PORRIDGE”

September 10th 2018 12:00 AM

Day 70 : rounding Cape of Good Hope ! This morning, TAPIO LEHTINEN and ISTVAN KOPAR found themselves rounding the Cape at the same time within 1 mile of each other, allowing eye contact, after so many days of sailing, and after good trajectories. different … (via satellite) “WOW, GOING UP AFTER A NAP HAD ISTVAN LESS THAN A NM OF ME! 🙂 “

September 6th 2018 12:00 AM

Tapio “IMPROVED BOUILLABAISSE COMBINING PIRKKA TINS ,SPICES,HUGE AND HOT:)” still cooking like a chief despide his toothache really annoying him lately, in Sat Phone contact today and yesterday with his dentist to prevent him from a potential infection. And that does not stop him either from encouraging the leader : “CHAPEAU VDH!IN SWEDISH THEY SAY GAMMAL AR ALDST,OLD IS ELDEST”, nor to appreciate each moments and mother nature : “AFTER PITCH DARK NIGHT PRISTINE SUN, DARK BLUE ROUGH SEA,BIRDS”.

August 29th 2018 12:00 AM

TAPIO LEHTINEN, is caught up by ISTVAN KOPAR and MARK SINCLAIR not far behind. All three brought the rear, nearly 2000 NM in the wake of VDH. He should soon hang a band of high winds but will soon have to deal again with multiple areas of high pressure, along his route… Tapio is still very busy on board and can not afford to take the time to set up the Spi and to hand steer at the moment, which has slowed its progress down lately.

August 27th 2018 12:00 AM

Tapio progresses painfully still caught in the high pressure systems of the South Atlantic, having trouble to cross due south to the latitude of Cape Town so far. After the beautiful descent of the Atlantic, Astéria lost a lot of ground on the leading pack. The weather was not favorable to her, and Tapio had to devote his time to repair all the technical problems, related to the solar panels, his hydrogenerator and his engine.But he keeps his spirits up and enjoys the adventure: “I,VE GOT A FRIEND-A BLACK AND WHITE STRIPED PILOT? FISH AT THE BOW”.

August 15th 2018 12:00 AM

Tapio succeeded in fixing the few technical problems he had on board “FIXING LEAKS, LINES ETC IN ANTICIPATION OF ENDING SUMMER” and he wrote this morning that he “FIXED DAMAGD SOL PANEL AS CLD, CHANGING PANEL CONNECTIONS”. All this has slowed down Asteria’s progression for the last few days, and Tapio is now 6th in overall ranking, behind Are and Uku leading back the peloton. But, over 4 knots this morning on the tracker he is now back on track and the boat is ready to go South!

August 8th 2018 12:00 AM

The eastern mob, was led since yesterday by TAPIO LEHTINEN, 5th in overall ranking, before UKU and ARE WIIG, more south on the tracker but more west also so further from the direct route.Tapio Lehtinen has growing problems on board with his windvane, engine, Hydro generator and solar panels…He is managing to keep some operational, but concedes that if he loses more than one of his electrical power sources, he may be forced into a stop over at Cape Town. He has good HF SSB comms with his team and they are helping him with advice from the various equipment suppliers.

August 6th 2018 12:00 AM

Finland’s Tapio Lehtinen (Gaia 36 Asteria) and Russian Igor Zaretskiy (Endurance 35 Esmeralda) are continuing down the shorter easterly route.
Tapio, llike Istvan, also reported engine issues, who messaged on Saturday that his new engine with just 49 hours of running time stops after 5 seconds. The Fin is also struggling with power from the many solar panels on Asteria which instead of producing 300 watts are generating just 3watts…

August 2nd 2018 12:00 AM

The front group of TAPIO, IGOR, ARE, UKU and SUSIE crossed the equator at the end of July and slide south. Tapio is pushing ahead steadily at 5.8kt, currently in 8th position, at 350 miles behind the leader Jean-Luc VDH. On his latest news, TAPIO reported a technical problem about his toilet (broke free while!…) but he sounds good having “champagne under the stars..” (from his text message)

July 20th 2018 12:00 AM

Tapio reports that he is having trouble getting his HF Radio to perform. An HF Radio Installation & Performance Test Report was submitted for Asteria as part of it registration for the GGR but Tapio is not able to get it to work in the field. If he can’t resolve this it will be very isolating as the fleet spreads out, shipping numbers drop and shore stations get few and far between. He is still very much in the mid field pack and it can reasonably be expected that Tapio’s performance will improve as he settles into the very sleek Asteria.

July 13th 2018 12:00 AM

Tapio speared around the south west corner of Lanzarote to make his film drop this morning under genoa and full main. The low freeboard and classic S&S lines still so striking. He reported that his HF Radio was not transmitting and that he was still developing an understanding for his Windpilot self steering system. The laceration to his hand is healing well and he looked in good shape heading off to the south.

July 11th 2018 12:00 AM

Tapio has reported that he has his windvane self steering unit working well. His steady rig for riding downwind is a poled out genoa hanked on his forestay with the roller yankee over sheeted to push the nose down when it goes to sniff the breeze.
He is treating a small infection in his hand, making it clear that looking after yourself is so important. Carozzo in the original Golden Globe Race was a red hot contender until failing health caused him to retire. Tapio must know that if the infection gets beyond his control he could be forced to give it all up too. The Golden Globe is all about looking after the boat and the person.

July 6th 2018 12:00 AM

consistently in the front half

Champing at the bit on start day he gave Jean Luc’s staunchions a nudge and then shot out into the Atlantic. Asteria, while heavily loaded with round the world supplies, is ideal for the light conditions experienced by the fleet since the start and has been consistently in the front half.

April 5th 2018 12:00 AM

Finland’s Tapio Lehtinen is another waiting for the ice to melt. Work on his Gaia 36 Asteria is nearing completion at the Nordic Refit Centre in Larsmo. The hull has been stripped inside and out and strengthened, and both interior and deck rebuilt, making this 1965 vintage Sparkman & Stephens design as near to a new boat as possible. Her relaunch is planned at the beginning of May and Tapio will use the voyage down to Falmouth as her proving trial.

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