Safetycall to GGR headquarters

2018 October 15

️At 16:00 UTC today, Mark made a safety call to Golden Globe Race HQ that his yacht Ohpen Maverick had just suffered two knock-downs in quick succession and that he had been hit by a toolbox flying across the cabin which may have resulted in him sustaining a cracked rib.

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Voicememo Mark #5

2018 October 15

Thanks for all the replies on Facebook and Instagram. It really does a lot. It brings up my spirit and it’s great to hear that so many people are following me. It really lifts up my spirit especially in these hard times with light winds and no winds and that kind of things. Thanks for hat. Keep up the good work. Speak to you later, till the next update

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Voicememo Mark #4

2018 October 14

Hello, hi there, Here a message from me again. The last 14-15 days have been the heaviest so far. Everyone thinks that the storms are heavy, but the calms are much heavier. It’s much more work. It all started just at the beginning of the month. Around 30 September the wind left but there was still a lot of sea. After 2 or 3 days and a few times really no wind at all , the sea was flatter. When you sail with your Spinnaker you are busy day and night. I have had it for almost 4 days.

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Voicememo Mark #3

2018 September 24

Here an update from me. Fortunately, I had a whole day of sun again. Everything starts to dry at ease and everything goes well on board. My food is all good. Really, I'm so glad that we stored the milk powder in plastic bags because they drifted into the boat here and they all stayed dry, special.

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Voicememo Mark #2

2018 September 24

Day 82 of the Golden Globe Race is dominated by a bizarre storm. More than 70 knots of wind and waves of more than 15 meters high are reported. Mark Slats says via a textmessage: 'unbelievable wind and seas but so far all is good, survivalmode'. A short time later the message follows: 'Just smashed door, boat full of water and had fire after a... Can fix most, but want run with storm and survive '.

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Slats beaten off the boat but still in the race.

2018 September 21

Day 82 of the Golden Globe Race is dominated by a bizarre storm. More than 70 knots of wind and waves of more than 15 meters high are reported. Mark Slats says via textmessage: 'unbelievable wind and seas but so far all is good, survivalmode'. After a short time : 'Just smashed door, boat full of water and had fire after a... Can fix most, but want run with storm and survive '.

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Update Dick Koopmans #8

2018 September 21

At the time I write this Mark is in a big storm and Gregor has just lost his mast after a 360-degree roll. One of Marks doubts was the early start of the race. Most skippers would have preferred a start in late August or September. General planning for boats this seize and speed is to be at Cape of Good Hope mid spring and not in winter. 

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Voicememo Mark #1

2018 September 15

"Here's an update from the Maverick. We had a very big storm last week. But it all went well. I've seen two really big waves but uhm, all is well. I actually sailed 16 hours without sails, so purely on the mast and still made an average of 6.5 - 7 knots. 

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Update Dick Koopmans #7

2018 September 13

There has been lots of wind during the last week. And some were headwinds! You can see Jean-Luc running away fast in better circumstances. Some say it is luck and it is! However, he put himself in the position to get this luck by himself so in a way he deserved it.

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Update Dick Koopmans #5

2018 August 31

Any idea how you can become Marks team manager? When Mark took part in the Talisker Whisky Atlantic rowing Challenge and was not able to be at the first Golden Globe Race meeting in Les Sables d’Olonne he asked me if I could go in his place. I read the notice of race and concluded that only skippers and team managers could be at the meeting. So that’s how my career started.

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Update Dick Koopmans #5

2018 August 27

 I had my own sailing in an attempt to break the 75 miles record and some work during the weekend so I was unable to make my weekly comment on Friday. Mark is now in the Southern Ocean with lots of wind. Because they are ahead of schedule it's winter out there with storms and bad weather. Mark reports several knockdowns

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Sailing4cancer

Still going strong in 2nd place

2018 August 26

On July 1st, Mark Slats started in the Golden Globe Race. After exactly 8 weeks Slats is almost rounding Cape of Good Hope, South Africa. As second placed in the fleet of only 12 participants in this historic sailing race, Mark is doing well. His text message from Saturday night was 'great package deal, snow, hail, 40+ knots, messy sea and big waves'.

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Update Dick Koopmans #4

2018 August 17

The tracker showed a 'Yo-Yo effect' caused by calms on the route to Cape Town. During the last few days Mark was not lucky but looking at his position I don't think he lost miles on Jean Luc on the long term. Gregor and Are Wiig (I got some comments on the missing i last time, sorry for that, I took it from the GGR site) shortened their distance to Mark.

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Update #3

Update Dick Koopmans #3

2018 August 10

Most people will have seen a strange leader board. I put a waypoint in at 44 south some distance east of Cape Town. This will be for most boat the direction. See maps below. Mind that it is not allowed to sail south of 45 degree.

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Complete live encouter vlogger Andries Bik and Mark

2018 August 10

Watch the entire live session of Andries Bik and Mark during the media drop-off at Rubicon Lanzarote. This is a good example of the power of social media today. Vlogger Andries Bik responded to a call on Facebook from Hogenbirk Support. Andries sailed from Fuerta Ventura towards Mark, talked to him on VHF and made cool video footage.

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Update Dick Koopmans #2

2018 August 4

Mark persist on his westerly position. In general this is the standard route with favourable conditions. However, it is a risk to stay that far from your competitors. If his competitors have luck Mark is not in a position to share this luck with them.

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Update Dick Koopmans #1

2018 July 28

Before the start it was more important to keep the boat undamaged than to be the first over the line. Mark did a good job on this especially since it is against his nature not to be first.

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A third of the fleet is, only 18 days after the start, no longer in the race 

2018 July 19

While the leading group in the Golden Global Race - Philippe Peché, Jean-Luc Van Den Heede and Mark Slats - are trying to sail the doldrums as well as possible, the fleet of originally eighteen participants darts pretty well. A third of the fleet is no longer in the race 18 days after the start.

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Unexpected visit at sea from Dutch vlogger Andries Bik

2018 July 12

Before the first media drop-off at Lanzarote Dutch entrant Mark Slats hears : 'Ohpen Maverick, Ohpen Maverick, this is the Seahorse' on the radio. Slats is currently sailing at Lanzarote on the Canary Islands and does not know his own position. The call appears to be from the Dutch vlogger Andries Bik who sails around the Canary Islands with his ship The Seahorse.  Read more for video footage. Photo: Christophe Favreau

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Oars

Mark's 'secret' weapon in the Golden Globe Race 2018

2018 July 5

Fiona McGlynn Good Old Boat Magazine had an interview with Mark in Les Sables d'Olonne, a couple of days before the start of the Golden Globe Race 2018

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Start GGR2018

Mark Slats started his solo nonstop circumnavigation in the Golden Globe Race 

2018 July 1

Sundaymorning the 1st of July Mark walked the pontoon and said farewell to all his fellow skippers in the Golden Globe Race 2018. A couple of skippers said ‘I’ll follow you’' because Mark set the tone in the SITraN charity challenge two weeks ago. After saying farewell to family and friends Mark had to be on his boat ‘Ohpen Maverick’.

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Team Mark Slats SITraN

First in the SITraN Charity Challenge

2018 June 18

Dutchman Mark Slats, finished first in the SITraN Charity Challenge, the first stage of the 50th anniversary of the Golden Globe Race.

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Main sponsor for Mark in the Golden Globe Race

2018 June 4

Mark Slats secures Ohpen as main sponsor for new adventure, The Golden Globe Race 2018

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prof. dr. Bernards - Slats

Cheque € 44.321,- for cancer research prof.dr. Bernards AVL

2018 May 29

Mark Slats, row4cancer, handed over a € 44.231,- cheque to prof. Dr. René Bernhards for cancer research of the Antoni van Leeuwenhoekhuis.

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Harry Mens

Mark in Dutch TV show Business Class with Harry Mens

2018 May 27

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Six weeks to go

03 mei 2018

In 6 weeks The Golden Globe Race 2018 starts in Les Sables d'Olonne, France. The non-stop, solo race is a tribute to Sir Robin Knox-Johnston who won the very first Golden Globe Race in 1968. With his boat Suhaili Sir Robin Knox-Johnston sailed around the world in 312 days  solo. He was the only participant who finished in 1969. On July 1st Mark Slats will be the only Dutchman participating in the race. 

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