Frenchman Jean-Luc van den Heede (Jean-Luc van den Heede), has long been the undisputed leader of Golden Globe Race, after repairs in the port of Valparaiso in Chile will continue to race in the class Chichester. The yachtsman said the organizer of the race, during the storm, from the 11-metre waves and winds of 65 knots his boat overturned at 150 degrees. Because of the impact damaged the main fastening guys to a mast that cannot be repaired without entering the port.
The mast is not falling, but due to the loose of bolt weight, which opened the main guy slid on 5 cm down, releasing the tension of the rigging.
Although van den Heede now comes under one mast, the situation is under control and he is not in danger.
When the wind fell a little, Jean-Luc tried to carry out minor repairs and to tighten the shrouds and stays, but it failed to do as good as he would like. To Cape horn (South America) the sailor will go through about 1,900 miles. The next day it again waiting for the South winds of 45-50 knots and seven-meter waves. Then, on the day the wind will change to North and will noticeably weaken.
The storm, which struck at the weekend on the other members of the GGR in the area of Australia and Tasmania, all survived without incident. The only Briton Susie Goodall (Susie Goodall, third place in the race) was upset that the competition rules did not allow her to take a walk along the beach, in front of which she waited out the weather. Now she and the American Kopar Istvan (Istvan Kopar, fourth place) with a difference of about 300 nautical miles we’re heading to Tasmania, trying to catch up with the Estonian Uku, Randmaa (Uku Randmaa, the second place). Randmaa, and Goodall shared about 700 nautical miles. In turn, between Randmaa and new race leader Dutchman Marc Slats (Slats Mark) — about a thousand nautical miles.
Finn Tapio Lehtinen (Tapio Lehtinen, fifth place) almost got to the check-point in Hobart (Tasmania). But Australian Mark Sinclair (Mark Sinclair, sixth place), and Russian Igor Zaretsky (seventh place) from it still separates 2-2,5 thousand nautical miles.