Slats a subscriber to the keep going quickly club (as Heede). Didn't even carry a drogue.
As I said way back when...Suhali had not gone south of 40 (45?) and it looks like Don just picked that as a line in the sand. I get ice zones with roadsters like the VG and VOR. Crunch at 20+ knots would not be good, but this was not an ice line thing...not at snail pace. That was when I felt this race go south (pun intended).MS and VDH talking spontaneously is fantastic.
MS said his previous circumnavigation was in a 51ft ketch. He went to 55 south (the real SO ) and just went straight. No problems.
Mark is a house builder/contractor, and a qualified carpenter as well. That's why he could fix his self steering so well with bits of wood from the boat.Mark is a construction builder with amazing stamina and a hang for adventure, born an Australia, became a kickbokser, sailed to Europe, rowed the ocean, he packs his life with more stuff then most. No shame to loose from VDH.
You are suddenly very modest, but true that VDH knows it all. He might inspire Mark and should take him to Lorient and show him around. Not sure Mark would like that scene though. He would feel more at home in Scheveningen, and could stili continue to run his contractor business. Or he could switch to boatbuilding, he would board-sand a hull in a day, on his own...No, my knowledge ended with Minis though I now a bit about Imoca, but VDH knows 99.9 % more and his adress book is full of knowledgeable contacts.
I did that in two days, Open 50, on a stand, working above your head, you should not do that, periodhe would board-sand a hull in a day, on his own...
Make sure when you grab shit boxes not in a end to end race compare apples with apples on distances where their RTW numbers don't include the south/north Atlantic run.(Various earlier RTW times from here: https://ipfs.io/ipfs/QmXoypizjW3WknFiJnKLwHCnL72vedxjQkDDP1mXWo6uco/wiki/Around_the_world_sailing_record.html )
Right...Make sure when you grab shit boxes not in a end to end race compare apples with apples on distances where their RTW numbers don't include the south/north Atlantic run.
DON MCINTYRE: "WE HOPE 30 BOATS IN 2022"
The founder of the Golden Globe Race, Don McIntyre is bound to be a happy organizer after the victories of winner Jean-Luc Van den Heede on Tuesday (in almost 212 days) and Dutchman Mark Slats on Friday (214). days and 12 hours), although the dropout rate of the first edition of this race was significant (12 out of 18 so far). For Tip & Shaft, the Australian makes an initial assessment and evokes the next edition, in 2022.
The arrival of VDH resembled that of a Vendée Globe, is it consistent with the vision that you made of your race?
It was twice as strong as we had dreamed, with thousands and thousands of people coming to welcome him and hundreds of boats on the water. Jean-Luc was a great ambassador of the race, his feat is incredible. At first, people said, "But the boats will disappear on the horizon and we will not see them again"; the fact is that the reality was different with a combination of tweets, phone calls and follow-up on the carto that made the race alive all the time.
What do you think of Jean Luc Van Den Heede and Mark Slats performances?
Mark Slats is an amazing adventurer, madly motivated, a great man with a lot of energy. It was fantastic to see him come back to Jean-Luc. And Jean-Luc was also exceptional, he managed to stay in the race and hold on. With Jean-Luc, we are friends for 32 years: after the arrival, I sat next to him and Robin (Knox Johnston) and we talked for an hour, it was great. What character! I have immense respect for him, what a story!
There were still many dropouts, what is your feeling about this?
I was surprised that there were so many, I must admit that there are fewer runners that end than I thought, I expected half at the finish [they are just 'a third in the race, Editor's note]. There has never been an event of this kind since 1968, so no one could really predict the outcome. Success is important and some have not. However, I do not want to hide behind this term, but some masts were built by the best in the world and knowing what they would face, the boats were well prepared, the sailors of a very good level, and despite that, these masts did not hold. But I think it will be another story in 2022, all those who will participate in four years will have learned a lot from this edition.
What are you planning to change to make more boats complete in 2022?
We will already add a longer qualifying course. It was 1,000 miles this time, we will go up to 2,000 and it will have to be on the same boat with which the participants will compete for the GGR. We will also make more recommendations. We do not want to start regulating everything or a one-design fleet, but we will have to give more advice, especially on the masts.
What would be the ideal number of boats at the start?
I like the idea of having 20 to follow, but we hope to have 30 at the start. For the moment, there are two classes for 2022, the Suhali made up of the boats that ran on this edition and for which, there are 20 places and 5 invitations, and the Joshua, composed of one-design boats, I would be happy that There are 5 at the start, even if it will be 3 or 4. I'm pretty confident, I think the event will be more than full and there will be a waiting list.
What do you think of the criticism that you received on this race and in particular the lack of support from the French Federation of Volie?
It's very simple: some organization in France suggested that the Golden Globe Race was full of old dreamers. The fact is that we have our place. And we did everything we could to make sure this race was as safe as possible. And if there was no risk, no one would have registered. After that, we have received absolutely no criticism from the maritime authorities, anywhere in the world. The French maritime authorities even told us before departure that our race announcement was the best they have ever seen in France for a nautical event.
How is the event going financially?
Taking care of this race probably cost me half of what I have. The good thing is that the agglomeration of Sables d'Olonne was fantastic, beyond what I thought. We signed an agreement before the departure which allowed to receive the support of a substantial number of partners, they did a lot for us. They probably contributed to more than half of the budget, since next we had raised only 35,000 euros of sponsorship, that's all. The rest is Jane [his wife, Ed] and me. If we do not take into account the support of the agglomeration, our total budget to organize the race is 600,000 euros, maybe even a little less. Now, we hope the event is a success and that in 2022 we will get adequate support. The first indications are good, because we have everything in place to make this happen and things have changed: people know the race, they have seen the management team and the work they have done with them. a small budget.
The future of the Golden Globe Race looks bright?
It would be fantastic if it lasted forever and I think it will be. I can not imagine that people will get bored with the Golden Globe Race. It's not a story of boats in contact with the same routing software, going deep with packets of sea that crash everywhere and all the time. It's a story of real people making an incredible journey around the world that keeps everyone in suspense. I hope that we will have more women next time. Susie Goodall was great, we missed her, but she will come back, I'm sure. In fact, many of the participants in this edition will come back.
Do you already have an agreement with Les Sables d'Olonne for 2022?
At Jean-Luc's press conference, we stated that we wanted to return to Les Sables d'Olonne and we can officially say that we are in discussion to work with them again. Les Sables d'Olonne is the center of the world of solo racing. And it's great for Les Sables d'Olonne to have two solo world tours every two years.
Would you like other former Vendée Globe skippers to participate in the race?
I do not know. Many of them followed and commented on the race, and appreciated it. Now it is long, it takes seven or eight months, and I think the majority of these skippers would not like that. There is more solitude than on a Vendée Globe, it is psychologically more engaging. You can not take your phone and call your friends every five minutes. You find yourself in front of yourself, that's the big difference. But I would not be surprised to see young and future skippers from the Vendée Globe. The French system with the Mini, Le Figaro and others is fine, but maybe others will see the Golden Globe Race as a different springboard. With a big budget Mini-Transat, you can do the Golden Globe Race, with less than 120 000 euros, it's possible, so who knows? Registrations are open from 18 years, maybe the next winner will be 21 years old or younger.
The guy who entered a nonstop singlehanded RTW race which would last at least 7 months...and then got too lonely after several days and bailed out?!?Just looking at the competition for the AZAB and came across this entry
I will be interested to hear his take on the comings and goings.
So high-tech is not allowed, unless it is..."It was on Day 128 (November 5, 2018) when it was learned that his Rustler 36 Matmut had been knocked down badly to about 150° approximately 1900 nm to the west of Cape Horn. While the mast stayed upright, the incident damaged the connecting bolt attachment to the mast that holds all four lower shrouds.
The bolt has slipped 5 cm down in the mast section and slackened the rigging, which required the 73-year old French veteran of six solo circumnavigations to climb and enact a repair that would allow for his finish on Day 213.
As the photos below show, a small piece of spectra line was used in the mast repair, and given the race requirements that limits modern equipment, Van Den Heede had to negotiate the rules to utilize this high tech fibre.
There are two standard approvals given for high tech lines on Golden Globe Race boats:
1. Any commercial wind vane supplied as standard with high tech lines are approved.
2. A small amount of high tech webbing and line may be allowed on application. Van Den Heede was approved to use his high tech line in the leach line of sails.
However, on occasion other dispensations were allowed, and it was this incident of misfortune before the race from which Van Den Heede had benefited.
A few days before sailing to Falmouth for the Parade of Sail in June 2018, he had his towing log line cut by a foiling windsurfer. When he could not buy original log towing lines, and when he checked with GGR about making new custom lines, GGR permitted him to make new lines of any material.
Van Den Heede made new line of spectra and it was one of these log towing lines that he used to assist with the repair."