GGR DAY 322 Tapio Lehtinen completes solo circumnavigation


STOP PRESS: DAY 322: Tapio Lehtinen takes 5th place 

  • Circumnavigation time: 322 days 8 hours 21 minutes
  • Follow his dockside arrival live on

Dateline: 19/05/2019, Les Sables d’Olonne, France

Bright and cheerful Tapio has enjoying his extended solo circumnavigation

Tapio Lehtinen, the 5th and final placed Finnish skipper competing in the Golden Globe Race crossed the finish line at 20:21 hours today accompanied by Bernard Moitessier’s famous yacht Joshua and a flottila of excited wellwishers, including French race winner Jean-Luc Van Den Heede.

Sailing his Gaia 36 Asteria with spinnaker set in glorious weather, Tapio has clearly enjoyed his lengthy solo circumnavigation extended by barnacle growth on the hull. The 61 year-old from Helsinki is now heading towards Les Sables d’Olonne harbour where live coverage will continue for his dockside reception, prizegiving and press conference.

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A fuller press update will be issued tomorrow reporting on the press conference and lift out of his yacht Asteria to show the extent of barnacle growth on the hull


Lessons learned from sailing small yachts in extreme conditions

Sir Robin Knox-Johnston has published his long awaited Report considering the lessons learned from sailing small yachts in extreme conditions including the 5 dismastings suffered during the 2018 GGR.

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Finish Positions 

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 (East) 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  finished  0 knots
5 Tapio Lehtinen (FIN) Gaia 36 Asteria finished 0. knots  322d 08h 21m

Chichester Class

1. Igor Zaretskiy (RUS) Endurance 35  Esmeralda – stopped in Albany, W Australia. Expected to restart in October/November


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 Occupation Interim 
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 (ENG) Nicholson 32 Laaland 
Susie Goodall(GBR) Rustler 36 DHL Starlight 
Sinclair Mark (AUS) Lello 34 Coconut

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