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Golden Globe Race 2022 Day 276: Jeremy Bagshaw final finisher 277 day out from Les Sables d'Olonne

by Golden Globe Race 8 Jun 2023 07:16 PDT 8 June 2023
Olleanna, full speed towards les Sables d'Olonne, is keen to finish after nine months at sea! © JL Lhomond / GGR2022

Things were looking good onboard Olleanna last month on the 19th of May. After nine months at sea, Olleanna was 500 miles West of Cape Finisterre and 820 miles from Les Sables d'Olonnes, about a week away from finishing his circumnavigation after nearly 30000 miles and many adventures along the way. Jeremy had run out of coffee and sweets and was keen for a quick landing back to where he started! But then it all changed!

Alas, on that day at 1900 UTC, Jeremy called the GGR Race Office to report the failure of the stainless plate holding the forestay, meaning he no longer had a usable forestay. Hear his call.

He was able to secure the reefing gear and removed the sail. The mast was not damaged, and all other standing rigging was fine including the outer forestay connected to the end of the bowsprit, the inner forestay and the two running backstays.

This meant he could only use his staysail on the inner forestay and the light genoa on the outer forestay, taking longer to complete the course. However, adding insult to injury, the wind soon veered East making it harder and longer for Oleanna to point towards Les Sables d'Olonne, instead pointing towards Ireland or Gijon in Spain, two places he visited prior to the GGR start in September 2022.

Unbelievably this headwind has not veered for 23 days straight dragging that one week to go, into another 23 days! He tweeted "I'm trying to remember what wind & sea from aft of the beam feels like. It must be nice?"

Low on water, slowed down by barnacles, and sailing in storms, a round-the-world odyssey

Two days later, he called GGR control running low on water with only 7 litres of freshwater only, using 500 ml a day, having lost his emergency water in a leaking container. He started drinking the fluid from canned vegetables as the slow days of sailing to windward with a damaged boat continued on and on as the wind remained from dead ahead. Finally he decided to use his emergency manual Survivor 06 watermaker, producing 250ml per hour of pumping.

It was not the first time he was low on water, as he was in the same situation in the Indian Ocean after being slowed down by barnacle growth. After a good start-mid fleet despite sailing the smallest boat in the GGR 2022, Jeremy was soon plagued by a barnacle infestation that slowed him down enough that he moored several days in South Africa to scrape Olleana's hull.

The dreaded shells came back with a vengeance in the Indian Ocean forcing him to stop several days in Hobart, lift the boat, before continuing in Chichester Class.

Hero's welcome in Les Sables d'Olonne on the 9th of June

Jeremy faced several severe storms on his way to Cape Horn making him the record-holder of foul weather days in the GGR, and some more in the Southern Atlantic where he encountered the worst conditions of his round-the-world voyage.

None of the hurdles Jeremy faced, from storms, breakage, barnacles or water-shortage deterred him from completing his voyage around the world. Never did he depart himself from his sense of humour and his entertaining tweets.

Against tides, winds and overwhelming odds, Jeremy is planned to be in the channel of Les Sables d'Olonne tomorrow Friday 9th of June at 1900hrs local (UTC+2). Come and give him the hero's welcome he deserves!

One more Sailor expected in LSO before the June 24 prize-giving.

Guy Waites (GBR) is no longer in the GGR after he did not make the Hobart Gate before the time limit, but for him either this was not enough to deter him from his dream to solo-circumnavigate the planet. He too was slowed down by barnacles, having to lift Sagarmatha in Cape Town, therefore going in Chichester Class and later stopping in Hobart to replace his liferaft, lost overboard in a severe storm in the Indian Ocean.

Guy is around 1000 miles behind Jeremy and should arrive in Les Sables d'Olonne on time for the Golden Globe Race 2022 Prize Giving ceremony planned on Saturday 24th of June at 18:00 local on the Place du Tribunal, followed by a concert and festivities. All the GGR 2022 skippers will be there, come and join them for this great closing event for the Golden Globe Race 2022!

Event website: goldengloberace.com

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