The main contender for third place in the non-stop round the world regatta single Golden Globe Race 2018 — Estonian Uku, Randmaa (Uku Randmaa) — lost by 20 kg, but not discouraged.
He had to hold out quite a bit: according to the latest estimates of the organizing Committee of GGR, it will come to the finish line in the French Les Sables d’olonne between 12:00 and 15:00 hours on Saturday 9 March.
Today it is 230 miles West of the Spanish port of La coruña and Les Sables-d’olonne, according to the tracker, he must pass a 547 nautical miles.
Estonian steadily moving toward the goal with a speed of four knots, passing during the day, 100-120 nautical miles. If the forecast there will be no sudden change of wind for his Rustler 36 One and All will be favorable throughout the remainder of the time and will carry the boat in the Bay of Biscay.
Bad news: Randmaa ending supply of food, which is why it is so rapidly losing weight. For comparison, the “silver medalist” GGR Dutchman mark Slats (Slats Mark) for the whole race lost only 10 kg.
February 20, Randmaa remained 60 spoons of rice, 20 bags of freeze-dried soup, freeze-dried 23 frozen dinner 15 tea bags and 4 tablespoons sugar.
And this despite the fact that in February, the Estonian managed to catch three Marlin and save supplies. Since then it’s been two weeks. During the last session on Monday, March 4, Randmaa said that he has some food every day until the end of the race, but did not specify in what quantity.
However, everything has its pros. February 19, Estonian received a fine in 72 hours (three days) because he was convicted of getting tips from Amateurs as to the best route based on the weather forecast. GGR rules state that with the exception of the waters of the Bay of Biscay, the penalty should be practiced at sea: the punished party should not move ahead and cross a certain latitude (or longitude), until the penalty time.
However, given the problems with the food, which at that time was already obvious, Randmaa safety reasons were allowed to continue the race.
Fine in 65 hours and 40 minutes added to the time of Estonian at the finish.
Apparently, the reduction of the penalty by almost 4.5 hours is associated with less time which took the “Parking lot” during the negotiations with the organizing Committee.
The closest rival, Randmaa, Kopar Istvan (Istvan Kopar), lags behind Estonians by 1000 nautical miles. But in mid-February they were only a couple hundred. To finish Kopar remains 1560 nautical miles. It is expected that in Les Sables-d’olonne, he will come two weeks later, about March 18. In the coming days with the weather Kopar was less lucky than his friend: he approaches the Azores Islands , and he will have to deal with traditional high.
Closes the three remaining in the ranks of the participants of the race, the Finn Tapio Lehtinen (Tapio Lehtinen). He is now in Brazil, to finish him nearly five thousand nautical miles. According to current estimates of the tracker, in France he could be in early may.
Trapped in the anticyclone Lehtinen sometimes wildly aestheticism. It turns out that in his spare time Finn reads “Ulysses” by James Joyce (this is truly a highly intelligent way to relax) and listening to Rachmaninoff. Last weekend he admitted that he was forced to stop the repair work because “the Concerto for piano and orchestra No. 2” made him cry.
Another pleasant event of the day for him was the appearance of a pair of sperm whales.
18 Feb Finn complained: “Where are all the marine mammals? No one whale, seven and a half months, a few dolphins, the last of which I saw three months ago.”
And now Keith lifted his head very close to the cockpit, as if in greeting.
Starving, Randmaa Lehtinen encouraged Swedish proverb: “a Hungry wolf hunts best.”