January 3, 2019
GOLDEN GLOBE RACE: the latest news
Yesterday everything was calm on the weather map around Uku Randmaa, reports @EsmeraldaOK. But computer models have already promised a storm for several days this morning. At lunch, the storm should have been over Uku.
Uku, despite all attempts to accelerate, to go through the waves of 6 – 7 meters and the wind about 60 knots. Today we will follow its mark on the map with special attention.
Jean-Luc, after crossing the equator, can afford to estimate the day of his arrival at Le Sables d’Olonn – January 26th. Jean-Luc is not in a hurry – protects the damaged mast. However, Mark Slats is not able to get close to him.
Mark is also not all smooth. The bracket of the thick-walled pipes, to which the autopilot was attached, as a result of the deformation was practically torn off. Mark made the "Flintstone-style repair." Perhaps not too elegant, but firmly.
And this is not all problems. On the yacht Mark's rubber cuff burst, which seals the joint between the mast and deck. Problem solved sealant Sikkaflex. Mark is also experiencing a serious personal discomfort, the skin is already very sensitive to constant contact with sea water. So Mark is forced into the tropical heat to go on deck in a protective suit for the antarctic waters.
On January 1, Istvan round Cape Horn. He is again thinking about stopping on the Cape Verde Islands. Like six months ago, this is due to persistent problems with the autopilot, to which more substantial has been added – tanks with fresh water are polluted. What exactly happened, is not specified, but in Khobrat Istvan complained about the fungus, which rapidly captured everything inside.
Tapio was able to clean the bottom of the yacht from fouling with the help of a scraper attached to the hook. After observing the overseas sharks, Tapio rejected the option of "swimming" in seawater. In the end, he has a lot of food, water, books and music. Tapio enjoys Mahler and hopes to go around Cape Horn in late January.
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