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Making the flip within the Golden Globe >> Scuttlebutt Crusing Information

(October 20, 2022; Day 47) – Playing cards are reshuffled and extra breakage for the fleet within the Golden Globe Race because the South Atlantic begins testing boats and sailors with the following movie drop in Cape City.

The Southern Hemisphere has not been overly welcoming, and the fleet has been constantly in confused seas over 4 meters and winds averaging 15 to twenty knots with occasional gusts to 40. Boats and sailors have taken a toll with a number of sailors injured, and some boats needing repairs.

Damien Guillou (FRA) on his PRB entry referred to as Golden Globe Race management as we speak to advise that the stainless-steel rudder shaft of his wind vane broke on the high of the rudder. The rudder was secured by a security line so was not misplaced, and Damien continues crusing upwind for now with out self steering.

He has a whole spare rudder shaft which can want changing. He should take away the primary transmission gear from the unit, pulling the damaged shaft out after which sliding a brand new shaft in earlier than changing the primary gear. Not a simple job as he then must go over the aspect to switch the rudder.

He says he can do it, however the situations usually are not favorable for the time being. This kind of harm may be very uncommon for a Hydrovane unit and the native agent has steered it might be the primary such break within the historical past of the models.

All however two of the incoming GGR use the identical gear, and it’s a thriller break as this shaft may be very sturdy. It’s the second windvane downside Damien has skilled as he needed to return after the begin to Les Sables d’Olonne to restore and strengthen the mounting system, setting off six days behind the fleet.

Guillou was dissatisfied and questioned if the break was attributable to driving too arduous. It could be many days earlier than situations enhance to permit a restore. He is aware of he’s approaching the high-pressure system and can purpose for flat waters for repairs, or alternatively to Tristan da Cunha.

He additionally is aware of the place Kirsten Neuschäfer and Abhilash Tomy are, how he’s doing in comparison with them, and really wanting to get again within the recreation. In actual phrases he has solely gained 70 miles on the chief (at the moment 480 miles forward) since Cape Finistere weeks in the past, however handed most of the slower boats. Within the subsequent few days, nevertheless, his fortunes could change with the wind shifting extra north permitting him to show east for Cape City and saving him just a few days crusing south which the present leaders have needed to do.

Simon Curwen (GBR) on CLARA, the primary to exit the doldrums, broke his genoa halyard and determined to shelter from the wind and seas off the coast on Trindade island. There he went up the mast to restore it to no avail, additionally hurting himself within the course of. He lastly determined to proceed together with his detachable forestay to Cape City and search for shelter there and restore earlier than heading into the Indian ocean.

“I acquired a bit bashed, there’s not sufficient shelter behind this small island,” defined Curwen. “I used to be hove-to and acquired up the mast for a few hours. On the way in which down my bosun’s chair began falling aside. I needed to reduce myself free and free-climb my approach down the remainder of it.”

Abhilash Tomy (IND) on BAYANAT, who saved in contact with the lead all week, had a fuel leak which is now repaired, and Pat Lawless (IRL) on GREEN REBEL had a solent halyard snap final night time in 40 knots squalls. He switched sails and can restore his halyard later when the situations ease.

The South Atlantic Excessive is enjoying tips on the lead of the fleet. Whereas Curwen and Tomy needed to go all the way in which down under 30° south to seek out easing winds, enabling a extra easterly route in the direction of Cape City, it hasn’t been the case for these following.

Tapio Lehtinen (FIN) on ASTERIA, 250 miles north of Simon, took a extra easterly route proper after Trindade, getting nearer to Cape City, stealing first spot from Curwen and main the fleet in the direction of South Africa. Guillou (FRA) did the identical trick one other 250 miles again and took 4th place stealing each the spots of Neuchäfer (RSA) and Tomy (IND).

“The tracker is calculating the space to the following waypoint to the east in South Africa, however for now it is advisable to go south for a commanding place,” stated race organizer Don McIntyre. “The leaderboard doesn’t take the meteorological actuality into consideration. Within the subsequent 4 days the fact will begin to present and the leaderboard will change.”

Curwen and Lehtinen, who’re additional south and east, are the primary ones to get easing winds and alter course, making headway in the direction of Cape city. In the meantime the west place of Tomy and Neuschäfer penalizes them within the distance to the following mark in Cape City, and with Guillou who saved a straight route as easterly as attainable proper after rounding Trindade.

With the high-pressure system shifting northeast shortly, it implies that the most recent to spherical Trindade will have the ability to reduce corners and take a shorter route in the direction of Cape City. That is very true for Guillou, Ertan Beskardes (GBR), Michael Guggenberger (AUT) and Jeremy Bagshaw (RSA). After them, the state of affairs can be completely different and tougher to foretell.

Not one of the entrants have been capable of print an honest Weatherfax chart so are counting on their on-board instruments and observations, taking a look at how the barometric stress rises and the wind path and energy is easing to place the South Atlantic Excessive.

“I’ve given up on Rio after making an attempt so many instances, however I’m beginning to get climate forecasts from South Africa, so I could possibly get some weatherfax from them sooner or later,” stated Neuschäfer.

With their restricted entry to data, the sailors know the place they’re and may place themselves in comparison with the others that they discuss to on the SSB radio.

A lot of the sailors can be by means of the Trindade mark within the subsequent 7 days, however the Southern Atlantic climate system nonetheless has just a few surprises in inventory for the fleet over the following few days. Count on extra adjustments in entrance of the fleet.

Occasion particulars – Entry record – Tracker – Fb

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2022 GGR rivals:
Abhilash Tomy (43) / India / Rustler 36
Arnaud Gaist (50) / France / BARBICAN 33 MKII (lengthy keel model)
Damien Guillou (39) / France / Rustler 36
Elliott Smith (27) / USA / Gale Pressure 34
Ertan Beskardes (60) / UK / Rustler 36
Man Waites (54) / UK / Tradewind 35
Ian Herbert Jones (52) / UK / Tradewind 35
Jeremy Bagshaw (59) / South Africa / OE32
Kirsten Neuschäfer (39) / South Africa / Cape George 36
Michael Guggenberger (44) / Austria / Biscay 36
Pat Lawless (66) / Eire / Saga 36
Simon Curwen (63) / UK / Biscay 36
Tapio Lehtinen (64) / Finland / Gaia 36 Masthead sloop

Retired
Edward Walentynowicz (68) / Canada / Rustler 36 (dropped out Sept. 8)
Man deBoer (66) / USA / Tashiba 36 (ran aground Sept. 16)
Mark Sinclair (63) / Australia / Lello 34 (retired in Lanzarote Sept. 22)

Concerning the 2022 Golden Globe Race
On September 4, 2022, the third version of the Golden Globe Race began from Les Sables d’Olonne, France. Sixteen skippers will face eight months of isolation crusing 30,000 miles throughout 5 oceans solo continuous and unassisted.

In 1968, whereas man was making ready to take his first steps on the moon, a gentle mannered and modest younger man was setting out on his personal file breaking voyage of discovery. He had entered the unique Golden Globe. 9 males began that first solo continuous crusing race across the World. Just one completed. He was 29 yr outdated Sir Robin Knox Johnston. Historical past was made. Navigating solely with a sextant, paper charts and an correct and dependable time piece, Sir Robin navigated all over the world.

In 2018, to have a good time 50 years since that first file breaking achievement, the Golden Globe Race was resurrected. It immediately gained traction with adventurers, captivated by the spirit and alternative. Eighteen began with 5 finishers.

To embrace the unique race, rivals should sail in manufacturing boats between 32 and 36 toes total and designed previous to 1988 which have a full-length keel with rudder hooked up to their trailing edge. Moreover, sailors have restricted communication tools and may use solely sextants, paper charts, wind up clocks, and cassette tapes for music.

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