February 1, 2019
Mark Slats finished, but not completely
Last night, in Le Sables d’Alonne, the second participant of the round-the-world Golden Globe Race — the 41-year-old Dutchman Mark Slats on the yacht The Ohpen Maverick (Rustler 36) finished the finish. He overcame 28 thousand nautical miles in 214 days 12 hours 18 minutes and 43 seconds.
The #EsmeraldaOK page provides details. Slats arrived at Les Sables-d'Olonne yesterday at 23.18. He walked around the world in 214 days 12 hours 18 minutes and 43 seconds. But formally, he has not finished yet. By this time, 36 penalty hours are added.
Mark Slats in the Bay of Biscay used a satellite phone to discuss with the weather forecast support team and his further actions, which is contrary to the #GGR rules. Such a violation of the rules means a transition to the Chichester class.
But Mark didn’t get any benefit from talking to the support team. On the contrary, the extra "gestures" towards the Spanish coast led to a loss of time.
The Organizing Committee # GGR2018 reviewed the current situation and replaced the transfer to the Chichester class with a 36-hour fine. These 36 hours consist of two parts: one 18-hour penalty for unauthorized use of a satellite phone and the second 18-hour penalty to Mark's manager for completely ignoring the warnings of the organizing committee.
This is the second return from the class of Chichester. Both times the reason was the unauthorized use of a satellite phone. In both cases, the action of the organizing committee seems to be quite objective and consistent with the spirit of the race.
For those who may not be aware of: preparing for the Golden Globe Race, Slats took part in the Talisker Whiskey Atlantic Challenge rowing race across the Atlantic (more than 3000 nautical miles!) And won with a world record for singles.
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