Uku Randmaa (55)



Name Uku Randmaa

Born February 6th 1963

Nationality Estonian

Country of entry Estonia

Uku Randmaa began sailing at the age of 3 aboard his father’s yacht, then graduated through the junior ranks sailing Optimist, Cadet, OK, Laser and 420 dinghy classes. After leaving Tallinn Marine University with a Master’s ticket in 1984, he got back to competing in regattas at a serious level, then graduated to offshore sailing with his Hanse 430 yacht Temptation, completing a solo voyage to Iceland and back prior to sailing solo around the world with stops between 2011 and 2012.

Uku says of the GGR: “This is a dream event – a round the world race for real gladiators. For me, the best is to take part; the worst – not to finish. If I’m not going to win, then simply finishing will fulfill my dreams.”




Name One and All
Type Rustler 36 Masthead sloop
Designer Holman & Pye
Builder Rustler Yachts (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

Uku Randmaa had planned to race the Rustler 36, Maibi in the GGR but then had second thoughts after reviewing all the luxuries and labour-saving devices onboard. “She was too luxurious with teak decks, bow thruster and heavy anchor winch on the foredeck – none of which I need for the race.” So, in December 2017, he made the decision to buy Lionel Regnier’s Rustler 36 One and All, which the Frenchman had already refitted for the GGR prior to his retirement.

Skipper Updates

November 19th 2018 12:00 AM

Uku has had very light winds for the past five days and that opened the door for Susie sailing in consistent winds now just 200 miles behind. She has been enjoying the last few days of perfect sailing. She is about 1.5 days sailing from UKU so the race is on for third place. They talk often to each other on the Radio so UKU knows she is coming and went over the side again in clams to work on his barnacle garden removing about 85% before he was chased out of the water by a circling SHARK! Not being a water person that was enough to make him feel happy with progress and finish immediately! He is not sure when he may go back to finish off!

November 14th 2018 12:00 AM

1500 NM behind the Dutch giant, UKU opens the way for the latest entrants into the Pacific. He has enjoyed his night under spinnaker after his cleaning day spent in the coldwater scraping the barnacles off his hull.

November 12th 2018 12:00 AM

A little more than 1300 NM from Mark Slats, Uku’s progress are much more difficult, stuck since last night in a bubble of high pressure that will happily disappear over the day to be replaced by moderate northwest winds. One and All should benefit from good weather conditions in the next few days.

November 7th 2018 12:00 AM

The entry into the Pacific is relatively easy for UKU 1000 NM behind Mark SLATS. Although two depressions, one from the north and one from the south of his trajectory should raise a messy sea from tomorrow. At the same time, the formation of a high-pressure bubble should slow him down, but it will happily soon be replaced by moderate wind.

November 5th 2018 12:00 AM

“ALL OK.:)” ! UKU is only 1000 miles behind Mark. The Estonian who has also passed through very bad weather in the Tasman Sea is now entering the Pacific Océan!
Its progression towards the east promises to be fast the next few days but a zone of high pressure in formation in its south in 4 days could generate head winds …

November 2nd 2018 12:00 AM

UKU RANDMAA is about to finish the crossing of the Tasman Sea and is diving to the southeast to try and escape the violent storm that is catching up on him and that should strike him in the next twenty hours … “ALL OK. :)”

November 1st 2018 12:00 AM

“ALL OK. PURE SAILING.:) “ But A HUGE NW/SW storm with 55/65kt winds and 12mtr plus seas is about to sweep through the Fleet. Uku Randmaa Golden Globe Race 2018 I running fast as possible in a SE direction to hope the worst passes just above him when it reaches New Zealand in a few days.

October 30th 2018 12:00 AM

“ALL OK.:)” Certainly UKU has not yet to complain lodged between Tasmania and New Zealand, but things could get complicated by 2 days. A nasty depression is forming in Western Australia and should strengthen as it moves south of the continent, before reaching its greatest strength this Saturday, November 3, heading to the Tasman Sea.
UKU will therefore be the most exposed skipper, and despite an alert sent by GGR Race Control, he will not really have any alternative but to face this very bad weather. Winds over 50 knots are expected (which suppose gusts much more violent) and a huge sea which will not stop building up as it gets closer to the south of New Zealand, below which it will have to pass …

October 29th 2018 12:00 AM

After the quick stop of UKU this weekend, who has not hidden its pleasure to see some familiar faces, without spending more than 90 minutes imposed by the rules of the race. A few barnacles are developing on the hull, observed in numbers last weekend, these organisms proliferate visibly easily on some sailboats of the race. A wound for the average speed of the competitors impacted, still halfway through. The presence of these parasites will significantly increase the time spent at sea, because the speed of boats could be affected by more than one knot at the fastest pace, not to mention that these unwanted passengers have not finished developing …

October 26th 2018 12:00 AM

Uku is expected in a few hours in Storrmbay, for his mandatory stopover at the Hobart Drop point in Tasmania. 3rd in the race, he seems impatient and in great shape. He sailed well on his boat so far, that he had not had much time to test à lot before his departure, and that he now has well in hand.
Already a very good half-circumnavigation for the estonien!

October 24th 2018 12:00 AM

Still in third place, Uku is only 230 miles from the mandatory gate. He has just dived south to take the benefice of tonight’s depression that will allow him to accelerate his approach to Boatshed.com Drop Point at Hobart where he is expected Friday, October 26 at 5 pm UTC. Soon the return to a little greenery and civilization for the Estonian!

October 17th 2018 12:00 AM

250 miles ahead of Susie, Uku was encouraged by GGR Race Control to head north, as a short but severe storm is expected to develop much more dangerously than previously predicted. Winds of 55 knots with gusts to 70 are expected, in a very confused sea generated by the rapid rotation of the winds… This nasty system currently foring behind him, will also catch up, but One and All should avoid the worst part of it…

October 12th 2018 12:00 AM

At almost 2400 miles behind the leader, the troubles of the second the Dutch giant make UKU RANDMAA business. At the approach of Cape Leeuwin, he nibbles every day a little more nautical miles. And this should increase with the reinforcement of these downwinds that will allow him to slide in the right direction, full east, without being worried by a big depression growing further west.

October 10th 2018 12:00 AM

“EASY SAILING IN LIGHT NE WIND.THE SPEED IS LOW BUT…:)” Uku is still in third place, 600 miles from Mark Slats, despite the calms of last week .
Indeed, if downwinds remains light for the moment, the next few days promise big changes. A series of depressions is approaching from behind the fleet.
Uku #Randmaa (via satellite) “HEADING TO E WITH LIGHT N WIND.BUT THERE WILL BE CHANGES.:)” he wrote this morning.

October 8th 2018 12:00 AM

After a good week-end for Uku, “NICE WEEKEND SAILING ON SOUTHERN OCEAN.FULL MAIN AND GENOA.:)”, the week is starting very slowly, 550 miles from the Dutch giant, at 0.4 knot! “No wind … :-(” says his last message … laconic The Estonian has yet not to blush about his trajectory since the start, but the weather is not. The way to Tasmania is riddled with bubbles of high pressure and headwinds.

October 2nd 2018 12:00 AM

UKU RANDMAA, in third position at 2150NM from the leader, the Estonian appreciates the small northwesterly wind of about fifteen knots that pushes him downwind. But he too should see a big, windless bubble develop over the next two days. He told us on the phone: “Little wind, the boat is OK. On the radio with Mark and Susie every day. I’m still about twenty days from Hobart.” This morning he is progressing at moderate speed in the middle of these unusual calm of the Indian Ocean. Uku #Randmaa (via satellite) NOT FAST BUT MOVING TO RIGHT DIRECTION.:)”; “TODAY WE HAVE NICE SAILING CONTITIONS.NW-14KN:)”.

September 29th 2018 12:00 AM

Mark’s lead over UKU RANDMAA is still a little more than 600 miles. The Estonian now third, if he progresses for the moment well downwind, he will see a bubble of high pressure catching up on One and All from the south and soon generating headwinds that will slow its progression also.

September 26th 2018 12:00 AM

UKU RANDMAA, now third 660 miles behind Mark Slats. The Estonian skipper who had curved his course to eventually assist his two fellow passengers passes this morning just below the incident area.
But the two sailors are safe and he can now continue on his way, in a good vein of southerly wind that pushes him fully East at 5 knots average. Soon caught up by a band of low pressure, he will then benefit from a good northwesterly flow that would propels him fully East at a good speed.

September 24th 2018 12:00 AM

Uku, who tried to help Abhilash in distress, made his way as quickly as possible to the area, and offering to lend a spinnaker pole to Gregor who also dismasted to reinforce his jury rig. Both of them were finally evacuated this morning, a 100 miles ahead of One and All position. Uku #Randmaa (via satellite) “SORRY FOR GREGOR AND ABILASH.HOPE ALL WILL END WELL.:)”. Uku, reassured but still shocked, continues on his way, having gained ground this weekend, and took over the 3rd place of the provisional overall ranking of the GGR. Indeed, after the dismasting of Abhilash and Gregor, Uku is now positionned behind Mark SLATS still 600 miles away in front of him.

September 20th 2018 12:00 AM

Uku #Randmaa (via satellite) I m so lonely here in middle of nowhere… ”
Right in the middle of the Indian Ocean, Alone…Around 2300 NM away from the Cap of Good Hope behind him, and 2300 NM to the Cap Leeuwin ! Still in 5th position, the isolation is starting to be felt aboard One and All. At 300 NM behind Grégor and Tapio, he is also ahead of Susie by 700 NM! There is no rivalry to deal with at the moment for Uku, and communications and radio sessions with GGR fellows are probably not so easy anymore due to distances separating him from the other boats.

September 19th 2018 12:00 AM

Last weekend the Estonian Uku Randmaa reported “30-50KT. LAST 24H. NOT NICE WEEKEND SAILING WEATHER” and in a follow-up call to Race HQ today added that his Rustler 36 One and All had been hit by a big wave that had burst the spray dodger and buckled the frame. However, yesterday was (via satellite) “GOOD SAILING CONDITIONS TODAY WITH 15KN NW . 🙂 ” ; “TODAY ARE GOOD SAILING CONDITIONS FOR REAPERING AND REST. 🙂 ” ;
“ALL OK. 🙂 ”

September 14th 2018 12:00 AM

Fortunately, MARK SLATS, GREGOR MCGUCKIN, ABHILASH TOMY and UKU RANDMAA will benefit from good northerly winds that will turn west a bit tomorrow and push them hard in the right direction. Uku is calmer and quieter this week, very occupied on the boat, and the physical and psychological challenge is gradually going up … facing harsh and changing weather conditions: (via satellite) “YESTERDAY NO WIND FOR 12H.TODAY WIND AGAINST.:)” ; “IN THE MIDDLE OF NOWHERE.JUST SAME ALBADROS AROUND.:)”.
But equal to himself, even its shortest comment remains positive!

September 10th 2018 12:00 AM

Uku #Randmaa (via satellite) “YESTERDAY WAS 7H NO WIND AND THEN IN 5 MIN 30KNOTS:)”.Still in the lead peloton that is trying to catch up on Mark Slats, Uku lost some ground on Abhilash and Gregor, but still more than 700 NM ahead of Susie.But “ALL OK.:)”.

September 6th 2018 12:00 AM

“His highness Southern Ocean. My respect!”A little further south, UKU RANDMAA has been slowed, at the high edge of another area of weak winds that will soon be filled by a southerly wind, which should drop again the temperature! “THE WIND CHANGED TO SW AND IT IS COLDER HERE.:)”

September 3rd 2018 12:00 AM

UKU RANDMAA is carried by a powerful current of nearly three knots and the wind blows three quarter rear … ideal conditions for speed. Uku has almost caught up with Gregor!

August 29th 2018 12:00 AM

“WE ARE OK(THE BOAT AND ME)SORY ABOT ARE!HE IS GOOD SAILOR ANYWAY”In the wake of Are WIIG, UKU RANDMAA has voluntarily curved its road to the south to get closer to less than two miles from Olleanna’s route after Are’s Knockdown. But the Norwegian sailor does not need any assistance at the moment and UKU is back on track in racing this morning, in 4th position. He should round Cape Town by tomorrow!

August 27th 2018 12:00 AM

Uku has spent a weekend for the least hectic … and a current could well make the progress difficult, and lift a dangerous sea on its trajectory in the next days …Uku, in 5th position, reports this morning that it has already 35 knots of wind and that it might pick up, One and All already sailing at more than 7 knots today! He says that everything is fine on board, despite an uncomfortable latitude of 37 degrees.”(Via satellite) EVRYTHING IS OK, :)”

August 17th 2018 12:00 AM

Over the east UKU is currently OK “BEATING AGAINST THE WIND.BUT I M HAPPY.:)”. At 5.6kts again on a good course and slowly pulling away from that middle group, he may make some more gains in the next 24hrs moving into stronger following winds ahead of the others!. However, he wrote : “THE WIND AND SEA STATE ARE GOOD.I M OK.”

August 13th 2018 12:00 AM

For UKU RANDMAA who is still ahead of TAPIO LEHTINEN, the descent to the south should continue with the benefice of wind whose angle will be more and more favorable in the coming days. Uku reports to the GGR HQ this morning during his weekly Satphonecall for safety, a small electric fire but that everything is fine now.

August 10th 2018 12:00 AM

Uku has been in good position (3d/4th) in the overall ranking for the last week, but just behind Are Wiig and Mark Slats back from the west put him in 5th place today. UKU is doing the best is can with very localized weather, bordering on another little doldrum system. He should do ok though with constant sailing wind forecast for the next few days. He reported to Race Control on his weekly phone call that sailing conditions are “not easy”, and “ many little things to fix on his boat”.

August 7th 2018 12:00 AM

The eastern mob, which was led yesterday by UKU RANDMAA, is led this morning by TAPIO LEHTINEN, followed by UKU, ARE WIIG, SUSIE GOODALL, the most westerly, and IGOR ZARETSKIY, slightly further. All are sliding in a south-southeast flow that should accompany them for a few days and even allow a progressive incurvation to the east. Remains that a high pressure strip has been announced on their trajectory in the 3 coming days. It will be necessary not to soften to pass without difficulty. By maintaining its average pace of 4 knots and its course, will Uku be back on the 3rd step of the podium in the next few days?

August 3rd 2018 12:00 AM

Uku RANDMAA, 6th of the GGR fleet last week, crossed the equator on August the 1st, just a month after his departure. Now out of the Doldrums, he still leads the pack, followed by a little less than 30 miles by Susie GOODALL, and has just climbed on the third step of the podium overall! In his latest text and audio messages, Uku really seems to enjoy this adventure aboard One and All.

July 20th 2018 12:00 AM

Uku has slipped back in the fleet from his heady days jousting with the front runners. In a lovely show of sportsmanship Uku called up Tapio on the radio, to get him out of his bunk, with news that the wind had filled in. He is ever the gentleman and while reporting that he is struggling for wind he appears in good spirits.

July 13th 2018 12:00 AM

Uku sailed into the film drop at dawn. In his gentle manner he said the boat was performing well but that he had forgotten to buy coffee or tea. He usually has two or three coffee a day, so this is a harsh coffee detox. Uku has used a combination of celestial and positions from ships but found the radio direction finder particularly handy on the Lanzarote landfall.
He reports enjoying the company of Susie and has genuine admiration for Are’s performance.

July 11th 2018 12:00 AM

Uku has continued to stay in touch with the front runners. If he is doing this with as much ease as it seems, then he is ready to push forward if the leaders crash.

July 6th 2018 12:00 AM

Uku, the quiet understated sailor

Uku, the quiet understated sailor from the Baltic, has sailed well to be up at the front of the fleet. He is clearly one to watch as the race develops.

April 5th 2018 12:00 AM

Uku Randmaa plans to return to Les Sables d’Olonne on April 9 for a week of sailing trials with his Rustler 36 One and All and to check up on work carried out in his absence to fit a watertight bulkhead. He also has new sails to test and a new liferaft to install.
“I have been very busy getting my radio licences and medical examinations completed. I didn’t realise just how much paperwork has to be completed before sailing off around the world!
I hope to spend another week on the boat in May to doing more trial sailing before returning to Les Sables d’Olonne again in June to sail over to Falmouth for the Suhaili 50 Parade of Sail.”

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