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Posted 29 January 2019 - 09:09 AM

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LOOKS LIKE THE FRENCHMAN IS GOING TO WIN AND CROSS THE LINE TODAY SOME 320+ MILES AHEAD of the DUTMAN'S VESSEL WHO IS GOING TO BE GIVEN A TIME PENALTY FOR RECEIVING OUTSIDE ASSISTANCE [from his Dutch team manager Dick Koopmans] BY USING HIS EMERGENCY SAT PH. THE TIME PENALTY TO BE DECIDED IN APPROX 24 HRS HAS TO BE SERVED AT SEA

A reminder to all viewers, THE RACE ORGANISERS NEVER GIVE DIRECTIVES TO THE RACE PARTICIPANTS. THEY ONLY give opinions and the final choice / decision is the THE INDIVIDUALS YACHT PERSONS DECISION.

They also pass on weather information and course alterations, directives from their onshore advisers, and race participants team managers despite some social media peoples incorrect assertions. IN THIS RESPECT DOUG DOES NOT APPEAR TO HAVE BEEN NEGLEGENT IF ALL HIS EMAILS AND ADVICE HAS BEEN SIMILIAR AS ONE CAN SEE AN ILLUSTRATION HOW THE RACE ORGANISERS COMMUNUCATE AND CONTROL THE RACE IN THE FOLLOWING PUBLIC NEWS REPORT ARTICLE.


"Slats was facing a dilemma: To run ahead of an approaching north-westerly storm and hope to reach the finish line off Les Sables d’Olonne on Thursday evening before it strikes the Vendee coast – a lee shore; lie hove-to outside the Bay of Biscay until the storm has passed, or seek a refuge, which is allowed under the race rules, provided he does not step ashore or communicate with the outside world other than via VHF or HF radio.

At 10:30, Race HQ received a communication from Dick Koopmans, Mark Slats' team manager, asking for the Race finish line to be moved 50 miles offshore. This was denied.

11:59, Race HQ responded to Koopmans saying that Race Chairman Don McIntyre had sent a weather warning to Slats and that Mark had subsequently called via his safety sat phone to discuss the weather scenario. Slats advised that he was receiving weather forecasts onboard and was aware of the approaching storm. The email advised Koopmans that Slats was not slowing down and continuing towards the finish line. It added. "But if you want a message passed on the weather, we are happy to do that. Just email here.”

12:21 Koopmans replied by email saying that “I spoke to Geerit Hiemsta, one of our leading meteorologists in Holland… In his opinion it is completely unsafe to sail into the Bay of Biscay. He suggests to stay outside and finish in La Coruna or Brest, but not in Les Sables d’Olonne. This is also the (unofficial) opinion of the Dutch Coastguard and Falmouth Coastguard.
He was very unhappy with their advice and decided to call Mark on his Iridium phone, whatever the consequences would be.

13:16, Race Chairman Don McIntyre responded stating: “ a reminder, we never give directives to entrants. We give opinions and the final choice is up to entrants. Mark is receiving weather reports on his radio… I would strongly suggest that you do NOT call Mark. I have offered to message him any advice you wish to send him in relation to safety avoiding the storm. I am awaiting for that advice. All decisions are the responsibility of the skipper. I am now officially asking you for your advice on the safest route for him to take if you wish to be involved with efforts to send him to the safest place. I will then pass him that from you.”

13:28: message from GGR HQ to Mark. “Dick advice: head to la Corunna or Brest to miss the storm.”

13:33 Email from Koopmans to GGR: ”Ignoring authorities like Coastguard and top meteorologist. I do not trust the Race Committee on their knowledge in the situation. I think safety is now more important than rules. I will send Mark messages to his Iridium phones from now on. Advice from Mr Hiemstra – ‘Have a helicopter ready’

13:34. Email from Koopmans to GGR: "Do not speak to Mark in my name.”

13:38 Race HQ to Koopmans: “Mark will be penalised for breech of rules. We have NOT been directed by any authority and if you look at your emails, we are awaiting your advice on where to send him. Your actions and comments DO NOT relate in the best interests of Mark’s race and we are both working towards Mark’s Safety. PLEASE place your message through GGR. If you need clarification, please ring. WE ARE STILL WAITING YOUR ADVICE. YOU RISK PENALISING MARK FOR NO REASON AT ALL…YOUR CHOICE. WE HAVE MADE IT CLEAR WE CAN SEND ANY MESSAGE TO HIM. WE ARE STILL WAITING. YOU MUST NOT CONTACT MARK

13:46: Email from Koopmans to Race HQ: “Safety is more important than penalties. You can read all the messages later and decide on penalties.”

Koopmans ignored RACE HQ advise and messaged Slats directly – a direct breech of the Notice of Race.

16: 00 (approx.): Mark phoned Race HQ to discuss the weather and asked permission to call Koopmans for advice, and asked for Koopman’s phone number. GGR agreed as Koopmans would not give GGR the safety information. At subsequent meeting of the Race Committee, it was decided not to provide the number since a call to Koopmans constituted outside assistance and a further breech of the Notice of Race.

16:12: Mark called Race HQ to say that he had altered course to La Corunna and confirmed that Koopmans had contacted him directly. Slats was advised that he now faced a time penalty.

The Race Committee will meet tomorrow to access the evidence and any time penalty will have to be served at sea before the finish.

In a statement tonight, Don McIntyre said: "There are two issues here. One is safety and we all work in the best interests of Mark Slats. The second is process under the Notice of Race. GGR continues to offer safety weather advice to all competitors. Unfortunately, Slats’ team manager decided not to abide by the Notice of Race."


Finland's Tapio Lehtinen is still in the Southern Ocean sailing at 4.4 knots some 850 miles from Cape Horn. There is plenty of strong Southern Ocean weather blowing at 45 knots+ but his Gaia 36 Astreria is covered in barnacles which is slowing her progress. Today, this additional drag has cost Tapio the lead in his virtual race against Sir Robin Knox-Johnston's Suhaili from 50 years ago. Suhaili's relative position on 26th January was just 8 miles behind Asteria in terms of distance to finish, and she would now be more than 100 miles ahead.

Position of skippers at 08:00 UTC 25.01.19

Skipper Distance to finish DMG during last 24 hours Approx. Distance behind leader.

1 Jean- Luc VDH (FRA) Rustler 36 Matmut ------ 125 5.6 knots 0
2 Mark Slats (NED)Rustler 36 Ohpen Maverick -- 446 4.2 knots 321
3 Uku Randmaa (EST) Rustler 36 One and All -- 3598 6.6 knots 3473
4 Istvan Kopar (USA)Tradewind 35 Puffin ----- 4504 4.6 knots 4379
5 Tapio Lehtinen (FIN) Gaia 36 Asteria ------ 7889 4.0 knots 7764

6 Robin Knox-Johnston (GBR) Suhaili
virtual race position in 1969 (26th Jan)n --- 7897 5.3 knots 7772


LEADER BOARD AND RETIREMENTS.

Chichester Class

1. Igor Zaretskiy (RUS) Endurance 35 Esmeralda - stopped in Albany, W Australia

Retired

Ertan Beskardes (GBR) Rustler 36 Lazy Otter
Kevin Farebrother (AUS) Tradewind 35 Sagarmatha
Nabil Amra (PAL) Biscay 36 Liberty II
Philippe Péché (FRA) Rustler 36 PRB
Antoine Cousot (FRA) Biscay 36 Métier Intérim
Are Wiig (NOR) OE32 Olleanna
Abhilash Tomy (IND) Suhaili replica Thuriya
Gregor McGuckin (IRE) Biscay 36 Hanley Energy Endurance
Francesco
Cappelletti (ITA) Endurance 35 007
Loïc Lepage (FRA) Nicholson 32 Laaland
Susie Goodall (GBR) Rustler 36 DHL Starlight
Mark Sinclair (AUS) Lello 34 Coconut

CHEERS TO THE FRENCHMAN NOT ONLY IS HE GOING TO BEAT THE DUTCHMAN HE IS GOING TO BEAT R-NJ HIS TIME FOR THE RACE THAT HE SET.

ALL THAT WITH A DAMAGED RIG / BOAT AT HIS AGE 73. Probably drinks one glass of red wine per day when on shore.
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Posted 30 January 2019 - 04:46 AM

Jean-Luc Van den Heede has won. What an awesome sailor
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Posted 30 January 2019 - 09:35 AM

Yes he has won.

 

Arrived at Les Sables d’Olonne after 212 days alone at sea.

 

His sixth circumnavigation, and a flotilla of boats escorted him into his home port while only hundreds cheered from the quayside.

He was met by his good friend Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, who won the original 1968-1969 Sunday Times Golden Globe Race  – the only entrant to do so for that particular race

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Knox-Johnston congratulated Van Den Heede by also highlighting that at 73, who now holds the record for being the oldest person to complete a solo round the world yacht race and not the slowest.

 

Awesome sailor  ? ? ?

        

HE arguably had one of the best prepared boats and was the best prepared skipper in the race, 6  previous circumnavigations, having the best experienced shore team which included R-NJ presumably.  He bought his Rustler 36 in 2015 before completely refitting her in Les Sables d’Olonne, installing a new mast, new rigging, new engine, new sails, watertight bulkheads, and new winches. Shows you what having the best prepared yacht excellent self preparedness, support, the weather gods to his service to beat the Dutchman and eliminated most of the other opposition, the finances, good health, healthy diet and fitness can do. A similar routine to what Peter Blake employed all the time.
 
Never won a solo race with other experience solo sailors previously.
 
He finished 2nd in the 1986 BOC Challenge Around Alone Race,
 
3rd in the 1990 Vendée Globe Race,
 
2nd in the 1993 Vendée Globe,
 
and 3rd in the 1995 BOC Challenge Around Alone Race.
 
???   Igor Zaretskiy ( RUS ) Endurance 35 Esmeralda ( plans to restart from Australia in October 2019 )
 

 

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                                             Jean-Luc Van Den Heede and R-NJ
 


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Posted 30 January 2019 - 10:18 AM

Another Shot 100 nms to go.

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Crossed the line with full main and large spinnaker.
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Posted 30 January 2019 - 01:54 PM

What a Guy. 7 times up the mast at 73 to fix his rig....


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Posted 31 January 2019 - 10:00 AM

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Posted 15 February 2019 - 11:53 AM

Uku Randmaa overcomes rigging failure and sliced finger, but sees lead over Istvan Kopar shrink and solves his immediate hunger situation by catching two tuna. Fourth-placed Istvan Kopar who is now enjoying the same Trade wind conditions is 433 miles astern in terms of distance to finish.

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Posted 15 February 2019 - 12:49 PM

Great to see this thread unlocked.


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