Jean-Luc Van Den Heede explains the latest nautical miles.
The 73-year-old Frenchman Jean-Luc Van Den Heede is after 212 days as first finished in the Golden Globe Race. He sailed alone, non-stop and without modern aids to navigation around the world.
Jean-Luc Van Den Heede has the past few months, several storms passed. His mast was in one of those storms greatly damaged. Yet he could race sail. Tuesday morning he came in first in Les Sables-d’olonne in France, where the race on July 1, was started.
The Dutchman Mark Slats was the great challenger of the Frenchman, but by misfortune he could lag no more the season. The sailor is expected to heavy again in the last straight line to the finish line.
Twelve of the eighteen participants had over the past months to specify. So was the Indian sailor Abhilash Tomy after an emergency call to be saved.
The race was a tribute to the legendary Golden Globe Race of 50 years ago. The British newspaper The Sunday Times wrote up a competition for something where no-one had ever managed was: alone and non-stop around the world sailing. Of the nine participants, obtained when only one man – after 312 days – the finish, the Briton, Robin Knox-Johnston.
Robin Knox-Johnston waited for his successor Jean-Luc Van Den Heede on the finish. For the start called the Brit, the loneliness is the greatest challenge of the sailors.