Les Sables d’Olonne, France (May 19, 2019) – Finnish skipper Tapio Lehtinen, the fifth and final placed competitor in the Golden Globe Race, crossed the finish line today at 20:21. Sailing his Gaia 36 Asteria with spinnaker set in glorious weather, the 61 year-old from Helsinki lengthy time of 322 days 8 hours 21 minutes for his solo circumnavigation was due to barnacle growth on the hull.
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.
Published on May 19th, 2019