Slats sets sail to La Coruna Spain

2019 January 28th

Mark Slats, currently number two in the Golden Globe Race, has decided Monday January 28 in the afternoon to contact his shoremanager Dick Koopmans. Mark experienced different insights about the concept of 'safe sailing' and decided to discuss with his manager about the best choice for the coming days is. Together they have decided that Mark is now heading for La Coruña Spain to take shelter and continue his race at a later date.

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Who has a brilliant idea for Sailing4cancer? 

2019 January 28th

In April 2018 I was asked to support Mark with social media. We never met before. I had followed him during the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge 4 months before the start of the Golden Globe Race. For me Mark Slats was a Dutch Viking who was both mentally and physically extremely strong and someone who was not prevented from achieving his goals. 

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On French television with the finish 'in sight'

2019 January 26th

The Golden Globe Race is nearly finished. Jean Luc and Mark have made it a real race and will after 200 days finish in less than two days from each other. It looks as if team Jean Luc Van Den Heede will win. Looking back the most important thing was to be in the right place at the right time.

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On French television with the finish 'in sight'

2019 January 19th

With the finish in sight Golden Globe Race photographer Christophe Favreau is talking about Mark and Jean-Luc van den Heede on French television.

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Update Dick Koopmans #14

2019 January 19th

Azores high, dilemmas for the skippers. The finish is in sight and tactics seems to be decisive. Now messages can't be send via hamradio (the illegal channels of both Mark and Jean-Luc are boycotted) anymore, 'luck' will become more important. 

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Super8 Mark Slats' 'First half' Golden Globe Race 2018

2019 January 16th

A preview of Mark's first half round of the Golden Globe Race 2018.
From Les Sables d'Olonne - Lanzarote - to Hobart in the Golden Globe Race 2018

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Hunt for the raceleader, no drinkingwater

2019 January 13th

At the end of November 2018 Slats' distance to finish was 7,659 nautical miles in the miserable sailing race around the world, the Golden Globe Race. The race leader, the 73-year-old Frenchman Jean-Luc van den Heede, had a giant lead of 1260 miles on the 41-year-old Wassenaarder at that time.

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Voicememo Mark #17

2019 January 11

Today is the 11th. I went over the equator on January 2nd. I sailed in 31 days from Cape Horn to the equator. I think it’s quite a good performance. I had saved diesel for when I was there, but in the end I only used the engine for four hours from Cape Horn to the equator.

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Update DIck Koopmans #13

2019 January 3

It's interesting to see that Mark is coming closer to Jean-Luc every week. There is still gap of 650 miles but Jean-Luc has an 18 hr penalty, so he has to cross 45 N, then wait 18 hrs after which he is allowed to cross the line again and then sail to the finish. This 45 N line is just N of Spain.

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Voicememo Mark #16

2019 January 3

️I've crossed the equator and I just caught a Marlin. I have caught a Marlin of a meter and a half long. A fat boy , not normal. The cockpit is covered in blood

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Annual review Editie NL RTL4

2019 January 1

️On Newyearsday Mark was on Dutch television in Editie NL on RTL4 with video footage from the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge and the Golden Globe Race

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Best wishes for 2019 from Mark

2018 December 31

️ Here’s a message from me on board Maverick. I want to wish everybody a Happy New Year and the best wishes for 2019. I also want to thank everyone for donating money for my charity Sailing4cancer. Thanks a lot for that and keep up the good work!

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Voicememo Mark #15

2018 December 29

️ Hey, here's a message from me. A small update on how things are going on board. I thought it might be fun between Christmas and New Year. Everything goes well on board. Sailing close hauled for 14 days in a row had a huge impact on the boat. The suspension bracket of the wind vane completely torn off, he thick-walled steel pipe, it’s not completely torn but for 60% torn, so it suddenly came off almost completely. 

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Merry Christmas from Mark

2018 December 25

️Merry Christmas to everybody around the world who's following Mark's adventure. Thanks a lot for the support

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Voicememo Mark #14

2018 December 18

️Hi here’s a small update from me. I just caught my first fish! A delicious Dorade or Mahi Mahi. It's in cockpit now. He has to wait. This is really perfect because I did not eat lunch today because I knew I was going to catch a fish. 

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Voicememo Mark #13

2018 December 15

Hi, here’s a message from me. All goes well on board. I had really bad weather last night. I had 35-40 knots of headwinds. Yesterday it was the first time in this race that I stopped sailing for two hours or so. Then I tacked with very little sail and went towards the Northeast again. But then I also had a huge sea from the Northeast so I still could not go fast. In fact I could only make some boatspeed late in the morning.

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Voicememo Mark #12

2018 December 12

Here’s an update from me on board since Cape Horn. The first days were actually different every day. There was a lot of wind, there was no wind and I had headwinds. Every day something happened, almost everything happened, so I was pretty busy. Actually the last few weeks before Cape Horn I was scanning weather reports on the SSB radio almost every night because at night the range was better.

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'Hero at sea, the adventurous life of Mark Slats’

2018 December 12

The title of Mark’s book ‘Held op zee, het avontuurlijke leven van Mark Slats’ is Dutch for ‘Hero at sea, the adventurous life of Mark Slats’. Journalist Micha Jacobs is currently writing Mark’s adventurous life story.

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Voicememo Mark #11

2018 December 9

Hey, here's a message from me on board. Well I had a great night last night and I sailed pretty hard. Right now the wind is dropping completely as predicted. Very annoying because there’s still a rough sea when the wind drops at once but it is what it is. So yes, everything is going well over here. ‘Shit, let's see’. I wanted to give an update but now I MUST go outside again. So I'll speak to you later. Bye bye!

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Voicememo Mark #10

2018 December 7

'Hi there, I have spoken to Susie. She was very happy that we could chat on the satphone. She is completely destroyed. She told me that she was having a very bad day. She is completely destroyed. All those years of work she put into the boat. The boat is really absolutely destroyed, total loss. Even the chain plates have been pulled out of the deck. The railing is completely off the boat. Everything is broken.

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Message from the Chief Officer on the ship Protegat

2018 December 5

'I am the Chief Officer on the ship Protegat. We are close to Falkland Islands.I have just spoken to Mark on board Ohpen Maverick. He was sailing well and his yacht looked good. He sounded in good spirits and we had a very enjoyable and informative conversation. 

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Voice memo Mark #9

2018 December 3

Hello everyone, here’s an update from me about the past days. The Cape is rounded, I am on my way home. It was mega racing these past few days, for sure I sailed full throttle to the cape. But it all went perfect until just before I arrived at the Cape.

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Fighting the elements & fighting for Sailing4cancer

2018 December 2

MARK DID IT !!! Fighting the elements he rounded Cape Horn today and is now on his way 'home' to Les Sables d'Olonne Agglomération. His goal is still to be the first boat in LSDO. His other goal during the race is to help people who are fighting against cancer

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On his way home after rounding Cape Horn

2018 December 2

Three notorious Capes are rounded in the Golden Globe Race,  Cape of Good Hope, Cape Leeuwin and Cape Horn. A message from Slats showed that he had encountered the first ship at sea 'FIRST BOAT AT SEA AND REAL CLOSE '. The weather forecasts  were bad for Slats

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Update Dick Koopmans #12

2018 November 30

Mark will be at Cape Horn this weekend! He has been there before. He told me before the start, he will feel nearly at home then and just needs to sail the last leg. He also told me that this last part took longer than he then thought. So he will be happy but he also knows it is still a long way to France.

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Voice memo Mark #8

2018 November 24

 Here’s message from me, I hope you understand because it’s a bit noisy. The range with Ian is getting worse. Nothing was possible in the last days. Holy shit! But it works for now. I have a lot of wind, the last four days I had a lot of wind. 

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A message for Mark from Roy Heiner

2018 November 20

‘Mark, this is Roy Heiner speaking. Mark, you are doing GREAT. You just live what many people dream of. And you also realize that there are many challenges. And that is what sailing the ocean is about.'

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A message for Mark from Henk de Velde

2018 November 12

‘Mark, I follow you and the other entrants  in the Golden Globe Race. You can’t receive my message, but sometimes I feel that I am on board with you at the sea that we both love. Because that is in the first instance what we are doing. As Bernard Moitessier once said;’ I live in the most beautiful country in the world; the sea.’. Mark you are now on your way to Cape Horn.

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Video Start GGR Les Sables D'Olonne - Hobart Australia

2018 November 11

A promo video of 60 seconds. Footage of the start of the Golden Globe Race in Les Sables d'Olonne France on July 1st, the media drop at Lanzarote with Andries Bik, at sea in the Indian Ocean and the media drop in Hobart Tasmania Australia

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On his way to Cape Horn, an exiting period

2018 November 11

Earlier this week Mark heard via radio, that raceleader Jean-Luc van den Heede, suffered a 150-degree knockdown. Van den Heede's mast is seriously damaged. For a while, it seemed Slats could take over the lead position.

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Update Dick Koopmans #11

2018 November 6

Can Jean- Luc van den Heede continue? After Jean-Luc's rig problems I did some investigations. It would be good if he can make repairs and stay in the race. He has some options! On Jean Luc's mast the bolt that connects the rigging and runs trough the mast has moved some 5 cm trough the mast profile.This is not a damage that I would have predicted.

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Update Dick Koopmans #10

2018 November 5

This update was written a couple of hours before Jean Luc van den Heede had a 150 degree knock down and damaged the rigging. I didn’t send any news during the last few weeks. As we could hear Mark ‘live’ I thought I it was better to let him tell the stories! Thanks to Micha, I could make a telephone call to Mark by using the VHF radio. Micha’s telephone was kept close to the microphone of the VHF on his boat so it could transmit and receive loud and clear.

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Voicememo Mark #7

2018 November 2

️Everything goes well on board. I'm busy and I'm making miles. And with this pace I can be in Cape Horn at the end of November or the first week of December. Of course It is still a long way to go and still anything can happen when there’s no wind at all. 

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Cold hands

Voicememo Mark #6

2018 October 28

Hi, how are you?! I’ve passed New Zealand, so here is my message about the last days. Hobart was a big success, I had a great time. I have new energy again; I want to fly and go fast. And so far, that has turned out a bit. When I feel better, I do change my sails more quickly and I do work faster. It was great sailing towards New Zealand. Often there was a lot of wind but from the right direction and I had no headwinds, so that was great!

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Mark - in Hobart- on Dutch television

2018 October 20

An interview with Mark during the compulsory media drop in the bay at Kingston-Hobart Tasmania in Australia. His parents also talk about how they are involved in Mark's race. (Item in Dutch only)

SBS 6 | Hart van Nederland

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Live Q&A with Mark leaving Hobart Tasmania Australie

2018 October 20

After the media drop and little work in the mast, Mark left the bay at Kingston-Hobart Tasmania in Australia. He continued his journey and Micha Jacobs, the author of Mark's book, followed him. Via the radio, Jacobs did a live Q & A session with Mark and the viewers on Facebook.

Photocredits: Nick Jaffa

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Live Q&A with Mark arriving in Hobart Tasmania Australie

2018 October 20

Four hours before Mark arrived in the bay at Kingston-Hobart Tasmania in Australia, Micha Jacobs, the author of Mark's book, met him at sea. Via the radio, Jacobs did a live Q & A session with Mark and his Mark's fans on Facebook.

Photocredits: Andy Huntington

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Update Dick Koopmans #9

2018 October 18

Mark and Jean Luc are about halfway now. The race isn’t over. All boats still in the race have some chances to be on the podium! The start with light air and headwinds was successful. Although Mark used little ore no diesel he was still at he front of he fleet. At the Canary gate he was just behind Philippe and in front of Jean Luc. It was clear that Marks aim was to be on the podium.

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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 #6

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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French television: the start of the Golden Globe Race 2018

2018 July 1

Here you can watch French television France 3 Pays de la Loire. All about the start of the Golden Globe Race. Sailing like it's 1968 

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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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