(September 22, 2022; Day 19) – Damien Guillou, the French favourite for the Golden Globe Race, made it by means of the Lanzarote Rubicon Marina movie drop underneath his largest spinnaker on a decent attain this morning. A wind vane restore returning to Les Sables d’Olonne had price him six days on the remainder of the fleet, however the final twelve days have been a formidable comeback.
A famend sailor, ocean racer and boat captain within the IMOCA fleet, Guillou is constantly posting the highest 24 hour distances of the fleet, having already caught up with the opposite French sailor Arnaud Gaist and the Australian mariner and GGR 2018 Mark Sinclair “Captain Coconut ”.
Nevertheless, a scarcity of climate data this week from a faulty Climate Fax, and a high-pressure system with mild winds, whereas the wind got here again within the south, favoring the leaders, hampered his efforts to catch-up. Sitting in twelfth place, the chief has a 700 mile benefit however the mid-fleet pack is barely 3 to 4 days forward.
“The Bay of Biscay, I sailed it twice!” famous Guillou. “The primary time it was onerous in sturdy winds and seas proper from the beginning, and the second time I had totally different situations with lighter however extra unstable winds, earlier than getting over 30 knots upwind at Cape Finisterre.
“Now, in my thoughts, I am taking it step-by-step. I am glad to be right here, proud of the way in which I am residing on the boat, glad to be again within the race, and with the way in which I am residing this expertise. That is nice!”
One other spectacular comeback is South African Kirsten Neuschäfer who exited the Bay of Biscay in tenth place, and didn’t disguise her disappointment at being sixth on the Lanzarote gate. However she has now joined the lead pack in 4th place and has been working very onerous, spending a whole lot of time on the helm of Minnehaha to common 7 knots during the last 24 hours.
With sturdy Northerlies as we speak the place Minnehaha excels, there is no doubt she’s going to shut additional onto the leaders. The opposite South African within the race, Jeremy Bagshaw, sixth within the fleet crusing the smallest and lightest yacht within the fleet, posted the second-best efficiency over 24 hours with 154 miles, practically 6.5 knots common, clearly pushing Oleanna in these favorable situations .
US incoming Elliott Smith made probably the most of his Lanzarote gate, motoring on the lee facet of Lanzarote and anchoring off Playa del Pozo underneath a brilliant purple sky, benefiting from the shortage of wind to relaxation and do upkeep with out letting the fleet escape. There’s a couple of solution to sail the Golden Globe, and Elliott’s tackle the journey has been genuine and provoking from day one.
“I am realizing how lengthy it’s and I need to tempo myself. My headspace is nice and I really feel clear. There’s been highs and lows however the principle take away is making an attempt to not give attention to being happy whereas I am on the market.
“Do not seek for which means and objective in what I am doing, as a substitute simply do it; you may discover the enjoyment in that. All the thrill to this point within the journey have come completely without warning, they don’t seem to be those you are searching for, they simply occur.”
A tropical storm at present forming off Dakar in Senegal is gaining in power tomorrow and can cross the trail of the fleet, shifting North the next day. Whereas the early predictions have been asserting a doable Cape Verde Hurricane, that is now a localized low-pressure system. The Race Management informs the fleet every day of the system’s power, place, and motion to assist them make one of the best resolution.
Simon Curwen (UK) is benefiting from his lead place to go across the low on the west facet, taking sturdy northerly winds in direction of the Cape Verde archipelago and the doldrums. Tapio Lehtinen (FIN) in second is racing to get previous earlier than he strikes over him and he could also be a detailed name however he’s prepared for heavy winds. The remainder of the fleet is hugging the coast off Africa, east of the low to face the bottom doable headwinds.
This implies the highest two will definitely improve the hole between them and the fleet however might imply modifications inside the lead pack itself. We all know from the Bay of Biscay that Pat Lawless (IRL) excels in antagonistic situations and will consolidate his lead, whereas Neuschafer and Tomy, now at VHF distance, might emulate one another in a fast upwind exit, breaking apart with the remainder. In the meantime, again within the Canaries, ought to Guillou get some good climate forecast, he might effectively make a lot of the antagonistic climate on the entrance of the fleet.
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2022 GGR opponents:
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 Power 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
Mark Sinclair (63) / Australia / Lello 34
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
Edward Walentynowicz (68) / Canada / Rustler 36 (dropped out Sept. 8)
Man deBoer (66) / USA / Tashiba 36 (ran aground Sept. 16)
In regards to 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 light mannered and modest younger man was setting out on his personal document 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 world wide.
In 2018, to have fun 50 years since that first document 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, opponents should sail in manufacturing boats between 32 and 36 ft general and designed previous to 1988 which have a full-length keel with rudder connected 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.