Update Dick Koopmans #7

Golden Globe Race

here 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.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.

There are still 17000 miles to go so if Jean-Luc makes 4.7 and Mark, Gregor, Tommy and Uku make 5 knots they will see each other just before the finish line. You can say the same for Susie, Istvan and Tapio. They look far behind but with 0.3 knots more speed than the frontrunners they will still make a chance. If you bring it back to a day race of 25 miles, you can have an advantage of 1 mile halfway but this doesn't guarantee a win in the end.

Most important is to stay undamaged. Every few days I send and get messages from Mark. This is send by HF. Mark sounds in a good state of mind, is happy for most of the time and is, as he says, not going to be passed by any of the others! On the GGR there was some discussion about socks and gloves. I can tell you that Mark doesn't miss them. He is mainly outside when changing or trimming sails. You don't need or even want to wear gloves for this. But it is a nice story. As far as I know inside the boat is tidy. No knockdowns during last week and Mark knows better now what sails are needed for speed and safety.

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