Golden Globe: Potholes in the North Atlantic
Published on January 10th, 2019
(January 10, 2019; Day 194) – Golden Globe Race leader Jean-Luc Van Den Heede (FRA) has escaped the calms but now faces northerly winds which has him on a northwest course in the North Atlantic. His margin over Mark Slats (NED) has been trimmed by 70 nm and now is at 222 nm behind with 1996 nm to the finish (as of 20:00). Slats’s northerly coast is due to the easterly trades off the African continent, but he may not hurdle a trough forming behind Van Den Heede which could leave the Dutchman in no wind.
NOTE: Jean-Luc Van Den Heede absorbed an 18-hour time penalty as a result of his actions when he sustained mast damage during a storm 1,900 miles west of Cape Horn. His mast remains structurally unsound which may impact his performance for the remaining miles.
The 2018 Golden Globe Race started for 17 skippers from Les Sables d’Olonne on Sunday July 1, 2018, with the inaugural solo non-stop around the world yacht race expected to take 9-10 months to complete.
The event marks the 50th anniversary of the Sunday Times Golden Globe solo non-stop round the world race in 1968-69 when rules then allowed competitors to start from ports in northern France or UK between June 1st and October 31st.
A notable twist to the 2018 Golden Globe Race format is how entrants are restricted to using the same type of yachts and equipment that were available in that first race, with the premise being to keep the race within financial reach of every dreamer.
The rules allow for one breach of the strict solo, non-stop un-assisted circumnavigation without the aid of modern electronic navigation aids regulations that make this Race unique. However, those that do move down to the Chichester Class as if, like Sir Francis Chichester in 1966-67, they have made one stop during their solo circumnavigation.
Those who breach the rules for a second time are deemed to have retired from the GGR Event and the organisers have no responsibility or obligation to them.