Day 173 – Longest day for GGR skippers


Day 173 – December 21. 2018 – Longest day in the Southern Ocean

  • Mark Slats reduces Jean-Luc Van Den Heede’s lead by 87 miles in 4 days
  • Uku Randmaa rounds Cape Horn
  • Istvan Kopar surrounded by storms
  • Tapio Lehtinen tackles his barnacle problems

Dateline 16:00 UTC  21.12. 2018 – Les Sables d’Olonne, France

Mark Slats – still smiling but bored with all this upwind sailing!
The storms that are predicted to surround Istvan Kopar tomorrow.
Tapio Lehtinen has plans to abseil around his yacht Asteria on the end of a spinnaker halyard to scrape off barnacles with a boathook to avoid the cold…and sharks!

The barrel of Irish whiskey aboard Gregor McGuckin’s abandoned yacht Hanley Energy Endurance has caught the eye of at least two salvage teams.

Today is the longest day of the year in the Southern Hemisphere so the sun has the largest declination to the south for all using a sextant to navigate. It also often marks a period of unsettled weather but all seems fine for the GGR fleet for now. The thoughts of skippers are towards Christmas mixed with their drive to the finish line back at Les Sables d’Olonne.

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Shell in 50/50 JV to develop New Jersey offshore wind lease area; ABS introduces remote surveys

December 21, 2018 — EDF Renewables North America, a subsidiary of Électricité de France S.A , and Shell New Energies US LLC (Shell) report that they have formed a 50/50 joint venture called Atlantic Shores Offshore Wind, LLC to develop the OCS-0499 lease area within the New Jersey Wind Energy Area (WEA).

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Crowley takes delivery of second LNG fueled ConRo from VT Halter; Newport News Shipbuilding offers buyouts to 2,500 salaried employees

December 19, 2018 — This major milestone marks the final chapter in construction of Crowley’s $550 million investment in the two newly built, Commitment Class ships and associated port upgrades.

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Seasons Greetings, FREE Image Christmas gifts & Sydney Hobart Race


Seasons Greetings from AsianYachting
From AsianYachting MultiMedia
21st Dec 2018:
We wish our readers Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, and for those of different persuasions Happy Holidays.

We also take this opportunity to thank all our faithful subscribers, regatta organisers, media partners and advertising sponsors for coming aboard and successfully working together for many years to come! Also safe boating, where ever your travels may take you, over the holiday season.

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The Bunkerspot Update 20/12/2018




GLOBAL: Yara Marine expresses caution over subpar scrubbers

‘A year ago, there were less than half as many [scrubber] suppliers quoting as there are today,’ Kai Låtun, Chief Sales & Marketing Officer, Yara Marine Technologies AS, tells Bunkerspot. ‘They all say that they can do their stuff but I’m not sure that they can.’



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