“It was a nasty determination by the skipper”: Man de Boer on the grounding which ends his Golden Globe Race


American skipper Man de Boer has spoken about how his Tashiba 36, Spirit ended up the rocks whereas participating on the 2022 Golden Globe Race

Man de Boer has been explaining how his Tashiba 36, Spirit, ended up on rocks off the coast of Fuerteventure, ending his desires of finishing the 2022 Golden Globe Race.

The American skipper fell asleep within the cockpit of his boat after passing by means of the primary of the occasion’s picture gates in Lanzarote.

A golden Globe race boat on a beach

A salvage operation is now underway to rescue the Tashiba 36, Spirit. Credit score: Alex Craig

‘I used to be awake for over 30 hours getting the boat to the checkpoint and after going by means of I selected to go down the east aspect of Fuerteventura [..] I used to be shut hauled and I used to be crusing 30° above the island so I used to be secure and I knew I used to be drained, so I stood up and smoked a cigar to assist preserve me awake,’ he defined.

‘I stood up there for 2 hours, and I made a decision to sit down down and the second I sat down, I fell asleep as a result of I used to be so fatigued, and the explanation the boat hit the rocks is the breeze velocity dropped off considerably and in doing so the boat turned to port in the direction of the rocks, and I used to be not conscious of that till the boat hit the rocks,’ defined the 66 yr outdated, who was nearly thrown overboard.

Spirit hit rocks on 18 September at 0545 local time, 50 metres off the beach on the North Coast of Fuereventura. Credit: Alex Craig

Spirit hit rocks on 18 September at 0545 native time, 50 metres off the seaside on the North Coast of Fuereventura. Credit score: Alex Craig

‘Every wave would choose the boat up a number of ft and drop it; I used to be thrown throughout the cabin, and I needed to crawl again up. It did that most likely for 40-45 minutes, and every wave it received nearly simpler because the boat received extra protected within the shallower water. It’s a unhappy state of affairs. Actually rethinking [it], if I went on the west aspect of the island reasonably than the east I wouldn’t have had a lee shore. It was a nasty determination by the skipper, which is me and I’m paying the penalty for it,’ admitted de Boer, who had hoped to be the primary American skipper to win a a solo continuous around the globe yacht race.

Unhurt, he issued a Mayday and managed to go away the boat with help from the native coastguard.

A salvage operation is now underway, with proposals to drift the boat or crane it from the seaside. Spirit will then be moved to a ship yard for repairs.

American skipper Guy de Boer was awake for 30 hours trying to get his boat Spirit to the first photo gate. This fatigue led to the critical error which has ended his Golden Globe Race dreams. Credit: Nora Havel/GGR

American skipper Man de Boer was awake for 30 hours attempting to get his boat Spirit to the primary picture gate. This fatigue led to the important error which has ended his Golden Globe Race desires. Credit score: Nora Havel/GGR

‘The boat has not triggered any environmental influence; the diesel has been evacuated from the boat. There is no such thing as a harm to reef, it’s lava rocks [where the boat hit]. There is no such thing as a [environmental] harm which I’m very blissful about,’ acknowledged de Boer, who earlier within the race misplaced all radio contact. His AIS detector alarm was additionally broken throughout the confused seas of the primary week. He narrowly missed a collision with a fishing boat earlier final week after the vessel did not see his AIS transponder and didn’t hail him on VHF radio, which was nonetheless working.

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Main the fleet is British sailor Simon Curwen, who was the primary to move by means of the Lanzarote picture gate.

Tapio Lehtinen, who completed fifth within the 2018 Golden Globe Race, is chasing him in his Gaia 36, Asteria, intently adopted by the one Irish entrant, Pat Lawless. Former Indian commander Abhilash Tomy in his Rustler 36, Bayanat is scorching on their heels, together with South African Kirsten Neuschafer in her Cape George 36 cutter, thought-about by many to be one of many quickest boats within the fleet.

Kirsten Neuschafer is making good daily speeds in her Cape George 36 cutter. Credit: Nora Havel/GGR

Kirsten Neuschafer is making good each day speeds in her Cape George 36 cutter. Credit score: Nora Havel/GGR

Behind them are Jeremy Bagshaw in his OE32, the smallest boat participating, British former Clipper Race skipper, Man Waites, Ertan Beskardes in his Rustler 36, Lazy Otter and Michael Guggenberger in the one ketch within the fleet, the Biscay 36, Nuri.

French favorite Damien Guillou, who returned to Les Sables d’Olonne to make repairs to his Hydrovane windvane steering system, is catching the fleet, having already sailed previous fellow French sailor, Arnaud Gaist and Australian Mark Sinclair.

Pat Lawless

Pat Lawless has injured his knee however has refused antibiotics. Credit score: GGR2022 / Aïda Valceanu

British skipper Ian Herbert-Jones and American Elliot Smith are simply passing by means of the Canary Islands.

Smith, who’s crusing a Gale Drive 34, Second Wind, has repairs to make whereas underway earlier than he hits the commerce winds. His by means of deck mast collar packing is broken, permitting motion of the mast, and his hull deck rub rail is continually leaking. However, he has managed to construct a companionway dodger to assist defend him from the weather.

A sailor in a blue tshirt on the deck of his boat

Abhilash Tomy, who broke his again within the 2018 Golden Globe Race, is hoping to complete in 2022 aboard his Rustler 36, and is presently in fourth place. Credit score: GGR2022 / Aïda Valceanu

It’s anticipated the hole between the splits within the fleet will turn out to be wider because the quicker boats break free as they head in the direction of the island of Trindade, earlier than turning for the second picture gate in South Africa.

Present positions of the Golden Globe Race 2022 skippers on 121 September 2022 at 1200 UTC

Simon Curwen, (UK), Biscay 36, Clara
Tapio Lehtinen, (Finland), Gaia 36, Asteria
Pat Lawless, (Eire), Saltram Saga 36, Inexperienced Insurgent
Abhilash Tomy, (India), Rustler 36, Bayanat
Kirsten Neuschafer, (South Africa), Cape George 36 cutter, Minnehaha
Jeremy Bagshaw, (South Africa), OE32, Olleanna
Man Waites (UK), Tradewind 35, Sagarmatha
Ertan Beskardes, (UK), Rustler 36, Lazy Otter
Michael Guggenberger, (Austria), Biscay 36, Nuri
Elliot Smith,  (USA), Gale Drive 34, Second Wind
Ian Herbert-Jones (UK), Tradewind 35, Puffin
Damien Guillou, (France), Rustler 36, PRB
Mark Sinclair (Australia), Lello 34, Coconut
Arnaud Gaist, (France), Barbican 33 Mk 2, Hermes Phoning

Retired:

Edward Walentynowicz, (Canada), Rustler 36, Noah’s Jest
Man deBoer, (USA), Tashiba 36, Spirit

 


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