Broken Forestay Sailboat Rescue in Hawaii by USCG

See the rescue of a 38-foot sailboat with a broken forestay off Honolulu. The crew made a distress call on VHF 16 and a 45-foot Coast Guard boat comes to the rescue of the sailing vessel on July 29, 2018.

Story by Petty Officer 3rd Class Matthew West
U.S. Coast Guard District 14 Hawaii Pacific

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“HONOLULU— The Coast Guard responded to a dismasted sailboat off Honolulu..
A Station Honolulu 45-foot Response Boat-Medium crew is currently towing the dismasted sailboat back to Ala Wai Boat Harbor…
Shortly after at 3:30 p.m., Sector Honolulu watchstanders received a distress call on VHF-FM Channel 16 from the crew of a 38-foot sailboat dismasted and disabled off Honolulu. A Station Honolulu RB-M crew deployed in response to the incident. The responders were able to assist the mariners to recover the mast and put the sailboat in tow.
The weather at the time the cases was reportedly winds of 15-mph and seas to 5-feet.
A Station Honolulu 45-foot Response Boat-Medium crew tows a dismasted sailboat back to Honolulu, July 29, 2018. The RB-M crew responded to a distress call made by the sailboat and were able to assist the mariners in getting the mast out of the water. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Fireman Triston Otto)
A Station Honolulu 45-foot Response Boat-Medium crew responds to a dismasted sailboat off Honolulu, July 29, 2018. The RB-M crew was able to assist the mariners and put the vessel in tow.” (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Fireman Triston Otto)
Sara Muir
03.12.2009
Video by Petty Officer 3rd Class Angela Henderson
(HONOLULU) — A U.S. Coast Guard HH-65 rescue helicopter crew from Air Station Barbers Point and a 47-foot motor lifeboat crew from Coast Guard Station Honolulu conduct a search and rescue demonstration in Honolulu Harbor on the island of Oahu, Hawaii, March 12, 2009.
(U.S. Coast Guard video/PA3 Angela Henderson)
02.16.2018
Video by Petty Officer 3rd Class Amanda Levasseur
U.S. Coast Guard District 14 Hawaii Pacific

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“GPS IS GREAT :)” tweets 2nd Place GGR 2018 Finisher Mark Slats

Dutch solo-sailor Mark Slats puts in a dig into the Golden Globe Race 2018’s retro-sailing rules as he leaves Les Sables D’lonne for the first time since he finished his 214 days at sea. His first tweet read, “PRETTY GOOD SAILIG PLENTY WATER AND FOOD AND GPS IS GREAT” Slats is sailing his Rustler 36 Ophen Maverick to his home of the Netherlands by way of England.

The 2018 Golden Globe Race bans the use of GPS and satellite communications. Slats told Slow Boat Sailing in an interview, which is yet to be released, that he was upset about the 32-hour time penalty that pushed his finish time back to 216 days. He felt his manager was well within his rights to give the satellite phone weather warning under race rules. Slats also said he felt the penalty was disproportionate compared to the 18-hour penalties imposed on Jean-Luc Van Den Heede, who won the race in 212 days, and fourth place Istavan Kopar who is over 2,000 nm from the finish.

The use of banned Spectra braid by Van Den Heede to repair his shroud, the receipt of GPS positions by race participants, the allegedly illegal use of HAM radio by Van Den Heede and Slats, the satellite phone use violations, and the accusation that Van Den Heede received banned weather routing, have dogged the retro race. The race prides itself on using technology from 1968, the first running of the solo, non-stop unassisted race. With the exception of satellite phone infraction the race chairman and founder, Don McIntyre, has dismissed accusations of “cheating” as nonsense.

Eighteen boats started the race on July 1, 2018. After 227 days, five boats have been dismasted, eight boats retired for other reasons, two boats have finished, and three more are in the Atlantic Ocean sailing to France. The closest skipper in 3rd place is Uku Randamaa was 2,500 nm from the finish at UTC 16:00 on February 13, 2019.

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Pig Beach Fail for Michelle Lewin in the Bahamas! Tips for Sailing Crews Visiting Big Majors Spot

Fitness instructor and model Michelle Lewin was bit by an angry pig on Big Majors Spot Cay’s Pig Beach in the Bahamas. The paradise island in the Bahamas is a favorite stop for sailboats, sailing down the Exuma chain of islands. Hear the story of how Linus and his daughter Sophie were attacked by a big sow. This video has some tips on how to pet the feral pigs without getting bit in the behind.

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Yacht wrecked in Mallorca; Sila Sibri sailboat hits the beach in Palma, Spain

The 105-foot (32-meter) super sailing yacht Sila Sibri hit the rocky beach in Mallorca in rough weather on October 15, 2018. See pictures and hear the story of this sailboat disaster. The Sila Sibri was bought in February 2017 after being listed for $1.6 million. Originally called the SV Kestral, it was a Ron Holland designed 12-cabin two-masted sailboat. It had 8 guest cabins and 4 crew cabins. It had a 350 HP engine.
The Russian construction magnet Valery Kokorin who has represented Omsk, Siberia owned it. A double circumnavigation around Antartica was planned before it his the rocks. It is not clear why its crew lost control of the vessel in rough conditions in Palma, Mallorca, Spain in the Mediterranean.

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The Downwind Run to Pape’ete | Sailing to Tahiti to Meet Janna and Sophie S2E19

Anna, Daly, and Linus sail offshore on the downwind run to Papeete, Tahiti on their last passage of the season. In Tahiti Captain Linus is met by his wife and daughter Janna who flew in from Louisiana.

Anna and Linus go through the North Pass of Fakarava atoll in the Tuamotos Archipelago of French Polynesia. Linus debates anchoring at Venus Point, mooring at Le Yacht Club de Tahiti, mooring or docking at Marina Taina in Punaauia Tahiti, or the Papeete Marina. They end up docking in the Papeete Marina.

Anna departs the boat and Linus picks up Sophie and Janna at PPT, the Papeete Airport after their trip is delayed. Linus struggles to find a bus in downtown Papeete near the Mairie de Pape’ete (town hall). He eventually gets a cab a the taxi stand near Jungle Coffee. Linus rents a car from EcoCar near the Tahiti Airport Hotel.

Janna, Sophie, and Linus go on several sight seeing trips. They visit Tahiti’s southern coast in Mataiea, and see the waterfall and trails in the Vaipahi Water Gardens. They tour the Museum of Tahiti and the Islands (Musée de Tahiti et des Îles, Tahitian Te Fare Manaha) in Punaauia where they see the anchor from one of Captain Cook’s ships. They tour the Arahurahu Marae in Paea which was the largest marae in Tahiti and the site of a Heiva dance celebration.

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Ep. 57: Van Den Heede speaks about his pitchpole and win in the 2018 GGR Golden Globe Sailing Race to Linus Wilson + the future for the podcast & YouTube channel

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Jean Luc Van Den Heede shatters Sir Robin Knox-Johnston’s Sunday Time’s 1968 Golden Globe Race record by 100 days finishing first in the 2018 Golden Globe Race. Hear his story of his broken rig in the Southern Ocean. Linus Wilson talks about the plans for year 4 of the Slow Boat Sailing Podcast and YouTube Channel.

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Find out how JLVDH did it from the start to finish of the toughest race in sailing, the GGR2018. Eighteen sailors got to the start line, but only five remained by day 212 of the fiftieth anniversary GGR 2018. Van Den Heede led most of the way as Are Wiig, Abhilash Tomy, Gregor McGucken, Loic Lepage, and Susie Goodall’s sailboats were dismasted. This retro race for 32-to-36-foot sailboats runs through the stormy Southern Ocean and even Van Den Heede could not escape unscathed. His boat was pitchpoled a few thousand miles from Cape Horn and he contemplated dropping out. His shrouds were damaged endangering his mast. Vandenheede was able to enact a repair and sailed on more slowly allowing Dutch sailor Mark Slats to almost catch him south of the Azores High. A tactical misstep of motoring though the center of the high instead of sailing more quickly to its west cost Slats any chance of taking the lead short of disaster as Van Den Heede stretched his lead to over 400 nm. This video features commentary from Sunday Time’s 1968 race winner English sailor Sir Robin Knox-Johnston who was the only finisher of the original race in 312 days. Van Den Heede says he was inspired by his contemporary sailor Bernard Moitessier. Jean-Luc Van Den Head was the oldest entrant in the 2018 GGR. The race is his 6th circumnavigation of the Globe. Besides holding the GGR race record Van Den Heed still holds the record for the fastest east to west solo-circumnavigation of the globe. His 36-foot Rustler yacht is named Matmut after his main sponsor.

Video from VNR/PPL/GGR and Mark Slats was reproduced with the permission of the GGR 2018.

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Ep. 57: Van Den Heede speaks about his pitchpole and win in the 2018 GGR Golden Globe Sailing Race to Linus Wilson + the future for the Slow Boat Sailing Podcast & YouTube channel

SBTB-ACX2500-2500Jean Luc Van Den Heede shatters Sir Robin Knox-Johnston’s Sunday Time’s 1968 Golden Globe Race record by 100 days finishing first in the 2018 Golden Globe Race. Hear his story of his broken rig in the Southern Ocean. Linus Wilson talks about the plans for year 4 of the Slow Boat Sailing Podcast and YouTube Channel.

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Find out how JLVDH did it from the start to finish of the toughest race in sailing, the GGR2018. Eighteen sailors got to the start line, but only five remained by day 212 of the fiftieth anniversary GGR 2018. Van Den Heede led most of the way as Are Wiig, Abhilash Tomy, Gregor McGucken, Loic Lepage, and Susie Goodall’s sailboats were dismasted. This retro race for 32-to-36-foot sailboats runs through the stormy Southern Ocean and even Van Den Heede could not escape unscathed. His boat was pitchpoled a few thousand miles from Cape Horn and he contemplated dropping out. His shrouds were damaged endangering his mast. Vandenheede was able to enact a repair and sailed on more slowly allowing Dutch sailor Mark Slats to almost catch him south of the Azores High. A tactical misstep of motoring though the center of the high instead of sailing more quickly to its west cost Slats any chance of taking the lead short of disaster as Van Den Heede stretched his lead to over 400 nm. This video features commentary from Sunday Time’s 1968 race winner English sailor Sir Robin Knox-Johnston who was the only finisher of the original race in 312 days. Van Den Heede says he was inspired by his contemporary sailor Bernard Moitessier. Jean-Luc Van Den Head was the oldest entrant in the 2018 GGR. The race is his 6th circumnavigation of the Globe. Besides holding the GGR race record Van Den Heed still holds the record for the fastest east to west solo-circumnavigation of the globe. His 36-foot Rustler yacht is named Matmut after his main sponsor.

Video from VNR/PPL/GGR and Mark Slats was reproduced with the permission of the GGR 2018.

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Mark Slats Finishes 2nd in the GGR 2018, Golden Globe Sailing Race

Dutch Sailor Mark Slats arrived at the finish of the 2018 GGR, Golden Globe Retro Sailing Race, in Les Sables D’Lonne, France at 11:18 PM local time on January 31, 2019, after 214 days at sea. He sailed around the world solo-nonstop and unassisted in the Southern Ocean around the Cape of Good Hope and Cape Horn. After a 36-hour time penalty, his official time will be 216 days. He will be second place because the third place skipper Uku Randamaa is over 3,000 nm from the finish. Mark Slats was the second GGR 2018 finisher in sailing a Rustler 36. Jean-Luc Van Den Heede (VDH or JLVDH) finished in just less than 212 days smashing Sir Robin Knox Johnston’s 1968 Sunday Times’ Golden Globe Race record of 312 days. We quote the biography of Mark Slats at http://www.goldengloberace.com:

“Mark Slats is another to have completed a solo circumnavigation before, sailing the 46ft Alan Buchanan designed yacht Cornelia in 2004/5. The Dutch sailor who was born in Darwin, Australia and moved to the Netherlands at the age of 8, has bought the Rustler 36 The Ohpen Maverick – the first one to be built.
Mark has his own business renovating old houses, but found preparing for the GGR and the 2017 Talisker Transatlantic Rowing Challenge took up a great deal of his time. “I’m out training 8 hours each day and been spending the rest planning for these two events. It is very time consuming!”

Remarkably, Slats overcame the disappointment of losing his fellow rower in the 2-man class, shortly before the start of the Talisker Challenge, but went on and won the singlehanded class, in record time after finishing 4th overall, ahead of all the 2-man crews!

Mark’s GGR challenge is managed by Dutch naval architect Dick Koopmans. The yacht was sailed across the North Sea to his home port of Wassenaar near the fishing port of Scheveningen earlier in 2017, and had a 3-man team fitting the boat out under Koopman’s direction while Mark was rowing across the Atlantic.
Why has he entered the GGR? ‘Because I live for this stuff’ he says.”

Eighteen sailors got to the start line, but only five remained by day 212 of the fiftieth anniversary GGR 2018. Van Den Heede led most of the way as Are Wiig, Abhilash Tomy, Gregor McGucken, Loic Lepage, and Susie Goodall’s sailboats were dismasted. This retro race for 32-to-36-foot sailboats runs through the stormy Southern Ocean. VDH’s boat was pitchpoled a few thousand miles from Cape Horn. VDH was able to enact a repair and sailed on more slowly allowing Dutch sailor Mark Slats to almost catch him south of the Azores High. A tactical misstep of motoring though the center of the high instead of sailing more quickly to its west cost Slats any chance of taking the lead short of disaster as Van Den Heede stretched his lead to over 400 nm. Slats was told by Dutch authorities to not use HAM without a license limiting his weather information. He was penalized for a satellite phone message from his manager. Jean Socrates said he received his position over SSB.

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Van Den Heede wins GGR 2018, Golden Globe Sailing Race

Jean Luc Van Den Heede shatters Sir Robin Knox-Johnston’s Sunday Time’s 1968 Golden Globe Race record by 100 days, finishing first in the 2018 Golden Globe Race on UTC January 29, 2019. See how JLVDH did it from the start to finish of the toughest race in sailing, the GGR2018. Eighteen sailors got to the start line, but only five remained by day 212 of the fiftieth anniversary GGR 2018. Van Den Heede led most of the way as Are Wiig, Abhilash Tomy, Gregor McGucken, Loic Lepage, and Susie Goodall’s sailboats were dismasted. This retro race for 32-to-36-foot sailboats runs through the stormy Southern Ocean and even Van Den Heede could not escape unscathed. His boat was pitchpoled a few thousand miles from Cape Horn and he contemplated dropping out. His shrouds were damaged endangering his mast. Vandenheede was able to enact a repair and sailed on more slowly allowing Dutch sailor Mark Slats to almost catch him south of the Azores High. A tactical misstep of motoring though the center of the high instead of sailing more quickly to its west cost Slats any chance of taking the lead short of disaster as Van Den Heede stretched his lead to over 400 nm. This video features commentary from Sunday Time’s 1968 race winner English sailor Sir Robin Knox-Johnston who was the only finisher of the original race in 312 days. Van Den Heede says he was inspired by his contemporary sailor Bernard Moitessier. Jean-Luc Van Den Head was the oldest entrant in the 2018 GGR. The race is his 6th circumnavigation of the Globe. Besides holding the GGR race record Van Den Heed still holds the record for the fastest east to west solo-circumnavigation of the globe. His 36-foot Rustler yacht is named Matmut after his main sponsor.

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2nd place Mark Slats contacts his manager: Gets 36-hour time penalty in the GGR

It seems like second place Mark Slats could have gotten his manager’s opinion without breaking race rules and could have diverted to La Coruna, Spain, without penalty. Unfortunately, it did not turn out that way as Team Slats chafes at the Golden Globe Race 2018’s ban on satellite communications and weather routing. Now Slats was given a 36-hour time penalty which will be tacked onto his time at the finish. The GGR does not want to assess time penalties at sea above 40 degrees north because of the Gale and Storm risks. This is unlikely to matter since Slats nearest competitor, Estonian Uku Randamaa, who is in 3rd place, is 3,000 nm away in the Southern Hemisphere. Slats nearest competitor Jean Luc Van Den Heede finished on the morning of January 29, 2019.

The skippers can communicate with rescue personal or the race headquarters, but they cannot use satellite phones to communicate with anyone else. Skippers are allowed to anchor in the course of the solo-nonstop unassisted sailboat race. Dutch authorities recently banned Slats from using HAM frequencies ashore because he lacks a license complicating communications between Slats and his supporters. Slats’ manager was concerned that GGR was giving bad weather advice encouraging Slats to speed to the finish. Instead, Slats’ shore team believed that Slats should find the nearest safe harbor on January 28, 2019. It seems that GGR did communicate that advice from Slats’ manager.

Slats’ Facebook page denies that he is dropping out writing, “no he’s not dropping out, safety first and then on his way to Les Sables d’Olonne.” His most recent tweet says he is turning around from Spain and heading for La Sables d’Olonne where he is expected on February 1. The updated weather report has the projected storm breaking up. Slats also said he was “hungry”. The solo, nonstop, assisted race prevents competitors from restocking food. Slats has been at sea for 212 days. If he stopped in La Coruna as he planned on January 28, 2019, Slats could not leave the boat or accept anything without being disqualified from the race.

At the time of the infractions on January 28, 2019, Slats was 400 nm from the finish over 300 nm from first-place Jean-Luc Van Den Heede who finished on January 29, 2019, at 10:13 AM in Les Sables D’Olonne, France. The third place competitor is several thousands of miles behind Slats.

Below is the official timeline from the Golden Globe Race:

Second placed Golden Globe Race skipper Mark Slats tonight is facing a time penalty for a breach of satellite communication rules, and direct outside assistance from his Dutch team manager Dick Koopmans.

Slats is facing a dilemma: To run ahead of an approaching north-westerly storm and hope to reach the finish line off Les Sables d’Olonne on Thursday evening before it strikes the Vendee coast – a lee shore; lie hove-to outside the Bay of Biscay until the storm has passed, or seek a refuge, which is allowed under the race rules, provided he does not step ashore or communicate with the outside world other than via VHF or HF radio.

At 10:30, Race HQ received a communication from Dick Koopmans, Mark Slats’ team manager, asking for the Race finish line to be moved 50 miles offshore. This was denied.

11:59, Race HQ responded to Koopmans saying that Race Chairman Don McIntyre had sent a weather warning to Slats and that Mark and subsequently called via his safety sat phone to discuss the weather scenario. Slats advised that he was receiving weather forecasts onboard and was aware of the approaching storm. The email advised Koopmans that Slats was not slowing down and continuing towards the finish line. It added. “But if you want a message passed on the weather, we are happy to do that. Just email here.”

12:21 Koopmans replied by e.mail saying that “I spoke to Geerit Hiemsta, one of our leading meteorologists in Holland…In his opinion it is completely unsafe to sail into the Bay of Biscay. He suggests to stay outside and finish in La Coruna or Brest, but not in Les Sables d’Olonne. This is also the (unofficial) opinion of the Dutch Coastguard and Falmouth Coastguard.
I am very unhappy with your advice and consider to call Mark on his Iridium phone, whatever the consequences may be.”

13:16, Race Chairman Don McIntyre responded: “Just a reminder, we never give directives to entrants. We give opinions and the final choice is up to entrants. Mark is receiving weather reports on his radio….
I would strongly suggest that you do NOT call Mark. I have offered to message him any advice you wish to send him in relation to safety avoiding the storm. I am awaiting for that advice. All decisions are the responsibility of the skipper. …I am now officially asking you for your advice on the safest route for him to take if you wish to be involved with efforts to send him to the safest place. I will then pass him that from you.”

13:28: message from GGR HQ to Mark. “Dick advice: head to la Corunna or Brest to miss the storm.”

13:33 Email from Koopmans to GGR: ”Ignoring authorities like Coastguard and top meteorologist. I do not trust the Race Committee on their knowledge in the situation. I think safety is now more important than rules.
I will send Mark messages to his Iridium phones from now on.
Advice from Mr Hiemstra – ‘Have a helicopter ready’

13:34. Email from Koopmans to GGR: Do not speak to Mark in my name.”

13:38 Race HQ to Koopmans: “Mark will be penalised for breech of rules. We have NOT been directed by any authority and if you look at your emails, we are awaiting your advice on where to send him. Your actions and comments DO NOT relate in the best interests of Mark’s race and we are both working towards Mark’s Safety. PLEASE place your message through GGR. If you need clarification, please ring. WE ARE STILL WAITING YOUR ADVICE.
YOU RISK PENALISING MARK FOR NO REASON AT ALL…YOUR CHOICE. WE HAVE MADE IT CLEAR WE CAN SEND ANY MESSAGE TO HIM. WE ARE STILL WAITING. YOU MUST NOT CONTACT MARK

13:46: Email from Koopmans to Race HQ: “Safety is more important than penalties.  You can read all the messages later and decide on penalties.”

Koopmans ignored RACE HQ advise and messaged Slats directly – a direct breech of the Notice of Race.

16: 00 (approx.): Mark phoned Race HQ to discuss the weather and asked permission to call Koopmans for advice, and asked for Koopman’s phone number. GGR agreed as Koopmans would not give GGR the safety information. At subsequent meeting of the Race Committee, it was decided not to provide the number since a call to Koopmans constituted outside assistance and a further breech of the Notice of Race.

16:12: Mark called Race HQ to say that he had altered course to La Corunna and confirmed that Koopmans had contacted him directly. Slats was advised that he now faced a time penalty.

The Race Committee will meet tomorrow to access the evidence and any time penalty will have to be served at sea before the finish.

In a statement tonight, Don McIntyre said: “There are two issues here. One is safety and we all work in the best interests of Mark Slats. The second is process under the Notice of Race. GGR continues to offer safety weather advice to all competitors. Unfortunately, Slats’ team manager decided not to abide by the Notice of Race.”

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Here is the statement from Slats’ team:

SLATS SETS SAIL TO LA CORUNA

Mark Slats, currently number two in the Golden Globe Race, has decided Monday January 28 in the afternoon to contact his shoremanager Dick Koopmans. Mark experienced different insights about the concept of ‘safe sailing’ and decided to discuss with his manager about the best choice for the coming days is. Together they have decided that Mark is now heading for La Coruña Spain to take shelter and continue his race at a later date.

Monday morning January 28, the weather forecasts for the last part of the Golden Globe Race looked very bad for Mark Slats. The predictions showed huge storms and also huge waves. Don McIntyre, race organizer of the Golden Globe Race, gave Mark the advice, earlier that day, to sail with his boat, Ohpen Maverick, in to the Bay of Biscay. Mark’s shoremanager Dick Koopmans did not agree with this and contacted both Dutch and English coastguards. Both authorities fully understood the care provided by Team Slats. Contact was also made with Gerrit Hiemstra, a Dutch authority in the field of meteorology and also a self-employed ocean sailor. Hiemstra indicated that it is completely irresponsible to enter the Bay of Biscay and to visit the port of Les Sables d’Olonne on Thursday 31 January. The Golden Globe Race has been asked to move the finish further offshore or even to move to Brest (France) or Falmouth (UK). This request was simply rejected.

Slats currently sails for 211 days in the Golden Globe Race. A historic sailing race solo non-stop around the world without outside assistance and without the use of modern communication and navigation equipment.

There were 18 entrants at the start , only 5 are still in the race. Slats survived an enormous storm in the Southern Indian Ocean where two participants, who were close by lost their mast and both had to be evacuated from their ship. One of them, Abhilash Tomy broke a number of vertebrae to which he had to undergo surgery. Tomy is still working on his rehabilitation. Slats also had to contend with extreme periods of no wind before he could sail to Tasmania Australia. In a radio interview, Slats indicated that the periods of windcalms felt worse than when he had to deal with a storm of 50-60 knots of wind.

Slats has trailed the number 1 in the race, the French sailing veteran Jean-Luc van den Heede from Les Sables d’Olonne France, he decreased the distance from 2000 miles to the moment of writing only another 400 miles.

If Slats were to follow the advice of the Golden Globe Race, he would be expected to arrive at the port of Les Sables d’Olonne around 17:00 on Thursday afternoon. At the finsih, the water is only 10 meters deep. When Slats has to deal with waves of 6-9 meters high from behind, this can lead to very dangerous situations in combination with the shallows. When Slats arrives at the port of Les Sables d’Olonne is not yet known.

🇳🇱️ MARK SLATS ZET KOERS NA LA CORUNA SPANJE

Slats zet koers naar La Coruña , momenteel nummer twee in de Golden Globe Race, heeft maandagmiddag besloten contact op te nemen met zijn shoremanager Dick Koopmans. Mark ervaarde afwijkende inzichten over het begrip ‘veilig varen’ en besloot met zijn manager te overleggen over wat de beste keuze is voor de komende dagen. Gezamenlijk hebben zij besloten dat Mark nu koers maakt naar La Coruña om daar te schuilen en zijn weg op een later tijdstip te vervolgen.
Maandagochtend 28 januari zagen de weersvoorspellingen voor het laatste stuk van de Golden Globe Race er zeer slecht uit voor Mark Slats. De voorspellingen lieten enorme stormen en tevens enorme hoge golven zien. Don McIntyre, race organisator van de Golden Globe Race, gaf Mark eerder die dag het advies om zijn boot, Ohpen Maverick, de Golf van Biskaje in te varen. Mark’s shoremanager Dick Koopmans was het hier niet mee eens en heeft hierop contact gezocht met zowel Kustwacht Nederland als de Engelse kustwacht. Beiden autoriteiten begrepen de zorg vanuit Team Slats volkomen. Ook werd er contact gezocht met Gerrit Hiemstra, een Nederlandse autoriteit op het gebied van meteorologie en tevens zelf oceaanzeiler. Hiemstra gaf aan dat het volstrekt onverantwoord is om de Golf van Biskaje in te gaan en donderdag 31 Januari de haven van Les Sables d’Olonne aan te lopen. De Golden Globe Race is gevraagd de finish verder buitengaats te verleggen of zelfs te verplaatsen naar Brest (Frankrijk) of Falmouth (UK). Dit verzoek werd simpelweg afgewezen.
Slats vaart momenteel al 211 dagen in de Golden Globe Race. Een historische zeilrace solo non-stop rond de wereld zonder hulp van buitenaf en zonder het gebruik van moderne communicatie – en navigatieapparatuur. Van de 18 deelnemers aan de start zijn er nog slechts 5 in de race. Slats overleefde een gigantische storm in de Zuidelijk Indische Oceaan waarbij twee deelnemers die vlak achter hem lagen hun mast verloren en beiden van boord afgehaald moesten worden. Een van hen, de Indiase Abhilash Tomy brak een aantal rugwervels waaraan hij geopereerd moest worden. Tomy werkt nog steeds aan zijn revalidatie. Ook heeft Slats te kampen gehad met extreme windstiltes voordat hij onder Australië kon doorvaren. In een radiogesprek gaf Slats aan de periodes van windstilte zelfs als erger te ervaren dan wanneer hij te kampen heeft met een storm van 50-60 knopen wind.
Slats heeft zijn achterstand op de nummer 1 in de race, de Franse zeilveteraan Jean-Luc van den Heede uit Les Sables d’Olonne Frankrijk, weten terug te brengen van 2000 mijl naar op het moment van schrijven slechts nog een kleine 400 mijl.
Wanneer Slats het advies van de Golden Globe Race zou volgen zou de verwachting zijn dat hij donderdagmiddag rond 17:00 uur de haven van Les Sables d’Olonne aan te lopen. Ter hoogte van de finish is het water nog maar 10 meter diep. Wanneer Slats van achteren te maken krijgt met golven van 6-9 meter hoogte kan dit in combinatie met de ondiepte nog weleens zeer gevaarlijke situaties opleveren. Wanneer Slats nu in de haven van Les Sables d’Olonne aankomt is nog niet bekend.

Slats has managed to steal some of the feel-good spotlight from Jean-Luc Van Den Heede who shattered the Golden Globe Race record time by over 100 days. This may be the opening salvo in a protracted battle from Team Slats, who have felt that Van Den Heede got better shore support over the radio. Nevertheless, Slats would be in a much better position to win any protest if he avoided penalties and finished quickly as possible.