Dutchman Mark Slats, finished first in the SITraN Charity Challenge, the first stage of the 50th anniversary of the Golden Globe Race.
After the Suhaili 50 Falmouth Parade of Sail on June 14th the Golden Globe fleet set sail in the SITraN Charity Race, from Pendennis Point UK to Les Sables d’Olonne, France.
Slats, who smashed the world record transatlantic ocean rowing earlier this year, came in first in Les Sables D’Olonne on Saturday June 16th with his Rustler36, the ‘Ohpen Maverick’. His fantastic start, speed of his boat, right navigation and choice of sails made him leader of the race from the beginning till the finish.
The 50th anniversary of the Golden Globe Race will commence from the French port of Les Sables d’Olonne on Sunday July 1st. Eighteen entrants from all over the world will sail solo, without any assistance from outside, nonstop around the world.
Before the start of the SITraN challenge ‘SY Suhaili’, the winning yacht of the Golden Globe Race 1968, sailed by the legend Sir Robin Knox Johnston, leaded the historic yachts, the 2018 Golden Globe Race Fleet and a flotilla of supporting boats on a celebratory tour of Falmouth harbour. The start line of the SITraN challenge was made between Suhaili and Gypsy Moth IV. Start gun was given by the legendary Sir Robin Knox Johnston. After the start Knox Johnston, the only entrant that made it to the finish line in 1968, sailed with his boat Suhaili to Les Sables d’Olonne.
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