The leader of the Golden Globe Race, the Frenchman Jean Luc van den Heede (Jean Luc van den Heede) 23 November at 19:20 UTC 145 on race day we rounded Cape horn. He surpassed the result of the winner GGR 1968 sir Robin Knox-Johnston (Robin Knox-Johnston) by 86 days. Van den Heede was only one nautical mile from the shore.
Now to finish the French Les-Sables-d’olonne van den Heede remains still seven thousand nautical miles. According to the tracker, if nothing happens, it should come back at 13:33 on 19 January, after 202 days after the commencement of travel.
Despite the serious damage to the mast during a storm, he’s still the fastest race. According to the latest tracker, its speed is 5.2 per node. Average speed van den Heede since the beginning of the regatta — 5.74 knots (138 nautical miles per day).
Coming in second place in the race, the Dutchman mark Slats (Slats Mark) behind van den Heede for 1,350 miles, and its velocity is 4.8 per node. Now his estimated time of arrival in France — 5 PM February 4 through 218,5 days after the race.
However, it is in the Atlantic van den Heede is likely to slow down. The wind no longer fair, and it was during such a course, the French need to protect their fragile mast from the final damage.
According to experts GGR if Slats can go 20% faster, the boat will come to the finish line at the same time.
Meanwhile, the American Kopara Stephen (Istvan Kopar) had problems with steering and windshield autopilot. It is very unpleasant in itself, but also, apparently, because of this, his Puffin double-crossed the 46th parallel of southern latitude, South of which the race rules participants are not allowed to be. In total, Kopar spent in this area almost 2.5 hours and was fined 6 hours 40 minutes. Kopar had to serve detention: back on the 45 latitude, and then again to go South, back on course, instead of going 40 miles in a straight line.