Jean-Luc Van Den Heede (Author of LOc?an Face ? Face)
Golden Globe Race – La visite du bateau de Jean-Luc Van den Heede
Seventy three year old French sailing legend Jean-Luc Van Den Heede today won the Golden Globe Race, a solo non stop round the world race which was set up to replicate the Sunday Times Golden Globe Race some 50 years after Sir Robin Knox Johnston won the inaugural race and in so doing became the first person to non stop around the world.
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Golden Globe: Race leader calls into Tasmania but 'too calm' for catch up sleep
Knox-Johnston congratulated Van Den Heede by also highlighting that at 73, he now holds the record for being the oldest person to complete a solo round the world yacht race. The French skipper has led the race since August , although from November he has sailed more conservatively then he might have after Matmut pitchpoled in the Southern Ocean in 11 metres seas and 65 knots of wind. Credit: GGR. This left Van Den Heede, who is known as the father figure of French solo sailing, with damage to the connecting bolt attachment to the mast which holds all four lower shrouds. Initially, he planned to head to Chile to make repairs, a move that could have seen him relegated to the Chichester Class for entrants who make one stop.
Updated October 06, Round-the-world Golden Globe Race leader Jean-Luc Van Den Heede has been given a rousing welcome during a brief stopover off Tasmania — the only time he is allowed to interact during the endurance race. Van Den Heede holds a big lead in the solo race, the first of the fleet to pass through Storm Bay south of Hobart. The year-old sailor, the race's oldest competitor, lapped up the opportunity to shout out from his boat to those on the shore. The race leader could have used his minute stop at Kingston to catch up on some much-needed sleep, but he didn't. But here it is, my choice, I do that because I want to do it," he said. He said while he will still compete in regattas, the Golden Globe will be his last race around the world.
In association with Irish Sailing. By getting efficiently to port this morning, Van den Heede has kept himself safely ahead of the next complex of rapidly approaching classic Bay of Biscay superstorms, which are forecast to be so extreme that second-placed Mark Slats of The Netherlands — who was more than miles astern of van den Heede when the latter finished — is currently heading for shelter in La Coruna in northwest Spain after controversial communication with his shore team. Email The Author. William M Nixon has been writing about sailing in Ireland for many years in print and online, and his work has appeared internationally in magazines and books. His own experience ranges from club sailing to international offshore events, and he has cruised extensively under sail, often in his own boats which have ranged in size from an 11ft dinghy to a 35ft cruiser-racer. He has also been involved in the administration of several sailing organisations. More people are reading Afloat.
Having completely run out of fuel, Van Den Heede then sailed up the famous channel of Les Sables under mainsail. This was the first round the world race victory for the year-old, who also set a new record for the oldest skipper to sail solo non-stop around the globe. He had led the solo race for almost its entirety, and finished with a margin of over miles ahead of 2nd-placed Mark Slats.
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A year-old French sailor has won an unusual, around-the-world yacht race after days alone at sea without modern instruments, in what was his first sailing victory. Of the 19 sailors who started out last July, only five were still in the race on Tuesday. Van Den Heede was making his sixth circumnavigation of the globe. He hit trouble in November, when his mast was damaged during a storm in the Southern Ocean. Heading for land for repairs would have disqualified him from the race, so he attended to the damage himself at sea before rounding Cape Horn shortly afterwards. I climbed seven times.