GGR DAY 284: Tapio Lehtinen crosses Equator – GGR Prize giving details

 

 DAY 284: Golden Globe Race Update

  • Tapio Lehtinen crosses the Equator
  • GGR Prize-giving timetable 19-22nd April

Dateline: 11/04/2019 Les Sables d’Olonne, France

 
Tapio Lehtinen – still smiling, despite his slow progress.

All the GGR skippers bar Kevin Fairbrother will all be attending the GGR Prize giving celebrations in Les Sables d’Olonne over the Easter Weekend.
 
The Joshua One-design class yacht being developed for the 2022 GGR.

As Tapio Lehtinen, the last of the Golden Globe race skippers, crossed the Equator on Tuesday to start the last part of his solo circumnavigation back to Les Sables d’Olonne, plans are now well advanced for the GGR prize-giving celebrations in the Vendee port over the Easter Weekend 19 – 22nd April.

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The Finnish skipper who has been slowed by increasing barnacle growth on his Gaia 36 Asteria since crossing the Indian Ocean last October will miss the party – he is not expected to reach the finish line until late May at the earliest – but will join the other skippers via a satellite phone link.

Despite his extended time at sea, Tapio has plenty of food on board and has retained his sense of humour. On April 1, The Finn alerted Race HQ that he had met up with a boatload of girls in mid-Atlantic who, braving shark attacks, had dived over to rid Asteria of her barnacle growth. His Facebook post caught more than a few, some questioning whether this was outside assistance.

Tapio Lehtinen finally crossed the Equator on Tuesday have sat becalmed within 9 miles of the line for three days. The Finn now has 2,998 miles to the finish and is expected to return to Les Sables d’Olonne late May.

All other skippers, bar Australian Kevin Fairbrother, currently climbing Mt Everest for the fourth time, will be attending the prize-giving. Most will be available for pre-booked one-to-one media interviews over the Weekend.

So too will 8 of the 2022 GGR Race entrants all keen to learn what they can from the 2018 Race skippers. The Suhaili Class for prescribed long keeled yachts between 32-36ft is already fully subscribed with 20 entrants representing 10 Countries, 12 of which already have boats. Three hail from Australia, two from France, 7 from the UK and two from the USA, together with one each from Austria, Canada, Italy, Ireland, New Zealand and Norway. A wait list is now open to accept provisional entrants and these skippers will be announced at the GGR Press Conference on Monday 22nd April.

There is also strong interest in the 10 places available in the new Joshua Class racing 40ft purpose-built steel replicas of Bernard Moitessier’s classic yacht. The first of these is expected to be launched this winter when entries for this class will open. For those keen to have a test sail, The French Maritime Museum based in La Rochelle will have Moitessier’s original Joshua in Les Sables d’Olonne for the Easter weekend offering the opportunity to sail on her.

Lessons learned from sailing in extreme conditions during the Golden Globe Race

Sir Robin Knox-Johnston’s independent report on lessons gained from handling small yachts in survival conditions during the GGR will also be published at the GGR Press Conference on April 22 with a live link and question/answer session with GGR skippers and Sir Robin in Falmouth, where the original Golden Globe Race skipper will be celebrating his victorious return to the Cornish port that day 50 years ago. The Press Conference and Sir Robin’s Q&A session will be broadcast live on Facebook.

GGR Prize giving programme 19 – 22nd April

Friday 19th and Saturday 20th – GGR Race HQ

  • Media check-in 09:00-17:00
  • One-to-One pre-booked interview opportunities with 2018 GGR skippers

Sunday 21st April

  • 0900-1200: Closed briefing session with 2022 GGR Entrants
  • One-to-One pre-booked interview opportunities with 2018 GGR skippers
  • 1500-1700: Closed de-briefing session with 2018 GGR Entrants
  • One-to-One pre-booked interview opportunities with 2022 GGR skippers

Monday 22nd April – GGR Media Centre

  • 0900-1045: One-to-One pre-booked interview opportunities with 2018/2022 GGR skippers
  • 1100-1200: GGR 2018 PRESS CONFERENCE – GGR Media Centre
  • Presenting 2018 Race Skippers and 2022 Race Entrants to-date.
  • 2022 Race announcement
  • Live link with Tapio Lehtinen
  • 12:00-1230: Live link with Sir Robin Knox-Johnston presenting his independent report on lessons learned from handling small boats in extreme conditions during the 2018 GGR.
  • 1530 – 1645: GGR Prize Giving at the Atlantic Casino
  • 1645: Live concert with Jean-Luc Van Den Heede and his band

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To book a 2 hour sail on Bernard Moitessier’s original yacht Joshua, e.mail barry@goldengloberace.com (subject to a donation to the French National Maritime Museum, La Rochelle)

Positions at 04:00 UTC 11.04.19

Skipper Distance  to finish VMG during last 24 hours Elapsed time 
1 Jean- Luc VDH (FRA)
Rustler 36 Matmut
Finished 0 knots  211d  23h 12m 19s
2 Mark Slats (NED)
Rustler 36 Ohpen Maverick
Finished 0 knots 216d 00h 18m 30s   Inc. 36h penalty
3 Uku Randmaa (EST) Rustler 36 One and All   Finished 0 knots 254d 18h 40m 00s      Inc. 72h penalty
4 Istvan Kopar (USA)Tradewind 35 Puffin Finished 0 knots

264d 1h 38m 30s  Inc. 24h 40m accumulative penalty

5 Robin Knox-Johnston (GBR) Suhaili virtual race position in 1969 (6th April) 2621  5.6knots
5 Tapio Lehtinen (FIN) Gaia 36 Asteria 2988 4.0 knots

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

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