Barnacles slow Golden Globe sailors

Third placed GGR competitor Uku Randmaa set off from the Film gate in Hobart lamenting the state of the bottom of his boat, One and All, which is covered with barnacles.

The bottom of his Rustler 36 One and All is covered with the speed-sapping encrustations.

While race leader Jean-Luc Van Den Heede, now almost half way across the Pacific, some 2,000 miles ahead of second place Mark Slats, reported that he has only a couple of barnacles on the hull above the antifouling.

The difference is apparently due to the variation in application of their antifouling. Lionel Regnier, who assisted both Randmaa and Van Den Heede during their final preparations, says:

"The antifouling was applied to Uku’s boat just after Jean-Luc’s. Uku’s had only two coats applied, but Jean-Luc who used the same process and applicator, had a third coat plus a ‘hot’ top coat mixed with copper powder which erodes as the boat passes through the water."

Randmaa left the Hobart Film Gate with a best estimate drag penalty of 0.5 – 1 knot for every hour he is sailing. That’s 12-24 miles lost every day for the next 100 days!

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Fourth placed Susie Goodall is now expected to arrive at the Hobart Film Gate some time between 08:00 UTC (00:00 local) and 18:00 UTC on 30th October.

Is there much shipping in the Southern Ocean?

Appears so. Istvan Kopar and his yacht Puffin were spotted and photographed in good order last Sunday by the French warship L’Astrolable.

And the Japanese bulk carrier Shiosai which rescued Loïc Lepage last week, sailed past Igor Zaretskiy’s Endurance 35 Esmeralda yesterday. The ship communicated with Igor on VHF and reported “All OK” aboard.

Golden Globe Race - Positions at 16:00 UTC, Monday 29.10.18

1st Jean- Luc VDH (FRA) Rustler 36 Matmut - DTF: 9,951nm Speed: 5.0 knots.
2nd Mark Slats (NED) Rustler 36 Ohpen Maverick - DTF: 12,840nm Speed: 4.0 knots DTL: 1,971nm
3rd Uku Randmaa (EST) Rustler 36 One and All - DTF: 13,480nm Speed: 0.6 knots DTL: 2,789nm
4th Susie Goodall (GBR) Rustler 36 DHL Starlight - DTF: 13,990 Speed: 7.0 knots DTL: 3,199nm
5th Istvan Kopar (USA)Tradewind 35 Puffin - DTF: 14,348 Speed: 6.2 knots DTL: 4,397nm
6th Tapio Lehtinen (FIN) Gaia 36 Asteria - DTF: 14,385 Speed: 4.7 knots DTL: 4,434nm
7th Mark Sinclair (AUS) Lello 34 Coconut - DTF: 16,591 Speed: 4.0 knots DTL: 6,640nm
8th Igor Zaretskiy (RUS) Endurance 35 Esmeralda - DTF: 16,833 Speed: 1.9 knots DTL: 6,892nm

Ten have retired from the GGR

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

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