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Golden Globe Race - Day 97: Van Den Heede is first to Hobart

by Barry Pickthall, Golden Globe Race 6 Oct 2018 05:57 PDT 6 October 2018
Jean-Luc Van Den Heede is first arrival at the BoatShed.com film gate in Hobart in the Golden Globe Race © Christophe Favreau / Matmut / PPL

Jean-Luc Van Den Heede reached the BoatShed.com Hobart film gate at 07:30 local time on Saturday (21:30 UTC Friday) to drop film and letters before heading out of Storm Bay to resume his lead in the Golden Globe Race.

The 73-year old Matmut skipper was in good spirits and sighted the lengthy preparation work for his 1,600 mile lead. "The boat is good, the self steering works well and I have only minor problems like a leaking window to deal with."

Jean-Luc remained at anchor for 3 1/2 hours completing media interviews before making most of the the calm conditions to check his mast and rigging. He also tried to catch some sleep, but after 15 minutes returned on deck complaining that the conditions were "too calm to sleep!"

He then set off to cross the South Pacific Ocean and round Cape Horn predicting that he would complete this solo circumnavigation back in Les Sables d'Olonne during the first week of February within 210 days.

Dutchman Mark Slats, the second placed skipper, trails Van Den Heede by 1,600 miles and is not expected to reach Hobart for another 10 days.

To view interviews with Jean-Luc in English and French go to www.facebook.com/goldengloberace

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