Uku Randmaa 3rd place finish in Les Sables d’Olonne on Saturday 9th March

PRESS CALL Mid-day 9th March.

Register for places on Press Boat for welcome home.

Press conference and Live Facebook feed scheduled after his arrival.

Istvan Kopar due to finish on 18th March.

DAY 246: Dateline: 12:00 UTC  – 04/03/2019 Les Sables d’Olonne. France

If you plan to attend his welcome home after 251 days of solitary sailing around the Globe,  E.mail to reserve a place on the press boat and at the press conference that will follow his return ashore.Third placed Estonian sailor Uku Randmaa has had the wind gods wih him this past week, and after chalking up a number of 130+ mile days, is now within 600 miles of the finish and due back in Les Sables d’Olonne around Mid-day next Saturday.

4th placed American/Hungarian Istvan Kopar is set to finish on 18th March, leaving just Finland’s Tapio Lehtinen at sea. He is not expected until early May.

Save the Date – GGR Prizegiving programme – April 22

The 2018 GGR prize giving in Les Sables d’Olonne is set for April 22 – the day that Sir Robin Knox-Johnston completed the first solo non-stop circumnavigation 50 years before.

The Easter Monday celebrations will include a Press Conference and one-to-one interview opportunities with the 2018 GGR skippers, an announcement and introduction to skippers entering the next GGR in 2022, and publication of Sir Robin Knox-Johnston’s eagerly awaited independent report on lessons learned in heavy weather and survival techniques employed by skippers during the 2018 Race.

There will also be opportunities to sail aboard Bernard Moitessier’s famous 1968/9 Golden Globe Race yacht Joshua throughout the weekend from Port Olona on 20/21/22 April, organized by the Friends of the Maritime Museum of La Rochelle.

So why not plan to celebrate the Easter Weekend in Les Sables d’Olonne!

Relative positions of Uku Randmaa and Istvan Kopar in the Atlantic at 1000 UTC today.

Position of skippers at 10:00 UTC 04.03.19

SkipperDistance  to finishVMG during last 24 hoursApprox. distance behind leader 
1Jean- Luc VDH (FRA)
Rustler 36 Matmut
Finished0 knots 211d  23h 12m 19s
2Mark Slats (NED)
Rustler 36 Ohpen Maverick
Finished0 knots216d 00h 18m 30s Inc. 36h penalty
3Uku Randmaa (EST) Rustler 36 One and All  655 4.6 knots0
4Istvan Kopar (USA)Tradewind 35 Puffin 1683 5.0 knots1028
5Robin Knox-Johnston (GBR) Suhaili virtual race position in 1969 (2nd March)4604 3.4 knots3949
5Tapio Lehtinen (FIN) Gaia 36 Asteria5033 2.8 knots4378

Chichester Class

  1. Igor Zaretskiy (RUS) Endurance 35 Esmeralda – stopped in Albany, W Australia


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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