Interview with UCF, Randmaa, participant and prize-winner of the Golden Globe Race in 2018

Just a couple of days ago, our good friend Dmitry Sinitsa (DX-traveler) – the person who helped to assemble a team of radiodense Igor Zaretsky met with another party round the world regatta Golden Globe Race, UCU, Randy. At our request he asked him a few questions.

DS: What do you feel now, after almost a month after the finish? It is time to think and realize what you’ve done?

UR: these are two very different situations for a person to be alone at sea or to be at home with family. And I have to admit, I like both versions. But of course I am very happy to be home.

With regard to awareness and change reality, then I can say that I very quickly rebuilt. However the first three days of the ground beneath their feet rocked.

DS: How were you received in small arms and light weapons and home? What feelings overcame when he first set foot on the land, met friends and relatives?

UR: In the first place was a shock. In the best sense of the word. The shock of the number of people that I met. My feeling is there were over two thousand people just on the beach. And was yachts and boats that came out to meet me in the sea. Even the local Church was met by the ringing of bells. It is an indescribable impression.

And then there was a time when I docked and was able to finally see and hug my wife. Emotions right overwhelmed.

DS: We know that the beginning of the race you faced great hardship. For example, as I know you have had neither coffee nor tea on Board. How do you deal with it?

UR: As for me, coffee and tea are not very important. Therefore, it was not so difficult.

In fact, the yacht many other things that cannot be forgotten.

At the beginning of the race, I had a lot of things. Even the beer. But my main problem was that I don’t evenly consume their reserves.

Yes, I had, for example, pasta and rice. But it is not very important for a person. These products give a feeling of satiety. And all important for the life of the products I had, so no problems there.

DS: If you had decided to repeat the part with the existing experience, what would you change? Or what advice do you have for future participants? What is very important to pay attention to? And what you can do?

SD: I learned a lot during the race. Vital good and timely weather forecasts, and hence support from the shore. If I knew, I would have more time to paid work with radio. And so more problems. The yacht I was well prepared, the sails were of excellent quality. So there were no more problems whatsoever.

One piece of advice: do not overdo it. Many wanted to be the best and overestimated yourself or underestimated the situation. This race is still a marathon. Not very important to be super fast, and most importantly stability. And of course walk.

DS: As shown, the radio was the only means of communication with the world. As an important factor in this race? How important it is to have a relationship with the world and other people?

UR: first of all I want to say that the communication with Igor that we had early in the race, was very helpful and was very important to me. I could not work out routine on Board, and that Igor helped me a lot. He, as a more experienced sailor, gave me some good tips.

For example, in the very beginning I spent a lot of time inside and just lay there. And in one of the conversations I asked him what Igor does in his spare time. He replied that he was constantly doing something, check the boat and sails. Comes out. It was a very important advice for me.

What is important on a yacht? To the mast standing, sails worked and, thirdly, that there was a connection. So it was very important to have a radio station and a team of people who came out to contact you. Even just to listen. Not only predictions, but just listen to the live voices of the people.

DS: the Physical preparation is very important. For example, Igor told me how he talked a few hours on the mast, securing the forestay snapped. Said that after that few days or a week to recover. Forces were not. You repeatedly dived to clean the bottom from the clams. How hard was it?

SD: of Course, it is very important to pay attention to physical training. I am amazed at Jean-Luc, because I believe that in 73 years, all this race needs to be much more difficult.

DS: for a Very long time, you and Stephen were neck and neck. Was there a sense of rivalry?

URis a Difficult question. We still went to the race with friends, and the sea made us even more closer together. It generally brings people together. Therefore, it was difficult to perceive the other as a rival.

For example, when one of the participants got into trouble when Abilash, Gregor, Susie or Egypt was in distress, are all very worried for them. About any sense of rivalry at these moments, the speech could not be.

For me the main goal of the race was to finish it, but I would come third or fourth, it doesn’t matter. Third, of course, be nice and honorable, but again, the main thing was to finish.

DS: after just a week, all participants will meet in small arms and light weapons. What feelings prevail?

UR: I’m looking forward to this meeting. I think it will be a lot of emotions, and most importantly conversations. I want to exchange impressions, experiences, memories. Especially looking forward to meeting with Igor.

DS: What are your plans for the future? Do you plan to participate in any regattas or similar projects?

UR: No. Think one race is enough. No need to browse through. Plan to spend more time with family. Maybe go on a cruise all together in the fall or early winter. For the family it is very important that I was there.

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