Tapio Lehtinen (60)



Name Tapio Lehtinen

Born January 19th 1958

Nationality Finnish

Country of entry Finland

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.”




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

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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