Offshore

Golding's last solo passage of the Cape

Mike Golding (Gamesa) is very aware that this will be his last solo passage of the Cape. He commented: "There are many things I am doing which might be for the last time but I am fine with that. I have had such a good run, I have nothing to complain about. I would like to enjoy it this time and get the weather to do so. It would be nice for it to be special."

"It is squally now again and I am just being careful. It went quiet for a time and I gybed just at the 04:00hrs sked. I am about 60 miles off the coast. I’d like to have been a bit closer but if you are in there and you get a windshift you can look very average, very quickly. It is so changeable. So I am just keeping going and taking it a bit carefully."

"It looks like I will go around in about 25kts of wind then there is a little quiet patch in the Le Maire Straits and then my routing takes me east of the Falklands."

"It is good to have caught those miles on Jean [Le Cam]. Suddenly when you look ahead to the Atlantic you can still imagine some attrition. For me and Jean there will be the high to negotiate and the Doldrums, there should be some opportunities."

"I don’t think the race over yet, there will some attrition among those in front of me. Of course we all have our own problems but what I have is containable, I need to take care and not take risks."

Refueling at sea, via a boat, is the solution chosen by Bernard Stamm and his Team Cheminées Poujoulat. This solution is indeed the one that ensures greater safety for the sailor and his monohull, as approaching a port without means of propulsion or navigation data could be dangerous. With less than 5% of fuel remaining onboard, energy is severely rationed, and allows him only one communication per day with his team.

On dry land, operations are organized to respond quickly to his demand. Anyway, the Swiss who is 311 miles away from the Cape Horn, will have to wait until he gets there. According to Cheminées Poujoulat’s speed and the weather conditions, the refueling area should be reached between Wednesday 9 and Thursday 10.

The boat that will provide diesel oil to Stamm is none other than that of his friend Unai Bazurko, Pakea Bizcaia as he is in Ushuaia for his third environmental expedition. This support has been proposed since the beginning by the one who used to be Bernard Stamm’s opponent on the Velux 5 Oceans. Meanwhile, Stamm, said yesterday during a brief communication with his team, that he is extremely tired because of the long hours spent at the helm, still he remains one of the fastest of the fleet.

Vendee Globe
8 January 2013 12:29 GMT


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