Please select your home edition
Edition
Selden

Golding starts 8 days late!!

by Susan McKeag on 19 Nov 2000
Team Group 4 is back in the Vendee Globe Race. Skipper Mike Golding
officially restarted the race at 20.11 local time last night (Friday 17th
November), exactly 8 days 4 hours after the original race start on 9th
November.

Team Group 4 was dismasted just 44 miles from the start line on the first
night of the race. Golding, who has been preparing for the Vendee Globe
Race for three years, was devastated that his chances of winning the
Vendee Globe were dashed. In the knowledge that, under race rules, yachts
can restart the race from Les Sables D'Olonne within ten days of the
official start time, Golding and his sponsors quickly made the decision to
repair the damage and restart - this time with the world record as their
ultimate goal.

Luckily Team Group 4 had a spare mast - the one which had been used for the
Around Alone Race in 1998, and Golding and his team pulled out all the
stops to get the mast to France, order new sails and set about putting Team
Group 4 back on the water.

For eight days Golding and his team worked night and day with a great deal
of assistance from colleagues within the marine industry, the Vendee Globe
organisers and, not least, the local people of Les Sables D'Olonne who have
taken the English sailor to their hearts, thousands of them turning up at
the marina to see him over the last week.

Heavy winds in Les Sables D'Olonne delayed the stepping of the mast on
Thursday, and it was finally stepped and rigged on Friday, just hours
before Golding departed. He had no time to test the new rig beyond a few
tacks, with his team onboard, just outside the harbour.

Some last minute adjustments delayed his departure from the dock by 90
minutes yesterday evening, but despite the dark and biting cold weather,
the crowd waiting to wish him 'God Speed' grew larger by the minute. When
Team Group 4 finally left the port, hundreds of well wishers drove along
the breakwater, honking their car horns, flashing their headlights and
cheering.
Golding knew that this time the sentiments were just for him. ' I was close
to tears' he said, a telling statement indeed for this professional sailor
who rarely shows his emotions.

After a night at sea, in which he managed to get some sleep, Golding was
sailing at 25-30 knots this morning on port tack just north of west. He
has discovered a few things which need tightening up, including his inner
forestay and the diamonds, but he needs to wait until the weather is a
little calmer before he makes the adjustments. Golding is going as far
west as possible in anticipation of winds from the north west in order to
make good speed towards Finisterre and the Canaries.

Contact:
MPR - Susan Preston Davis/Susan McKeag

Related Articles

Les Voiles de Saint-Tropez preview
How the 20th anniversary will be celebrated Fast approaching its 20th anniversary, Les Voiles de Saint-Tropez remains as passionate as ever about the prospect of hosting 300 of the finest classic and modern boats. 4,000 crew are preparing to invest their energy and enthusiasm in the race village.
Posted today at 2:21 pm
Solent Sunbeam Thursday Evenings at Itchenor
Join in to see Chichester Harbour at its best What can be more sublime than slipping the mooring for an evening of sociable yacht racing in a stunningly attractive classic keelboat on the beautiful waters of Chichester Harbour!
Posted today at 1:03 pm
Surviving The Middle: Ocean Racers documentary
600NM around Sicily for Rolex Middle Sea Race were some of the hardest miles The team was led by circumnavigators and co-skippers Morgen Watson (Calgary, CAN, 29) and Meg Reilly (NJ, USA, 29), who have Southern Ocean stories to tell, but none that rival their tales from the Mediterranean Sea.
Posted today at 11:27 am
Sailing/rowing from North Sea to Black Sea
UK student project to get home to Russia in a sustainable way In July, we will be launching the boat onto the Mainz river and sailing/rowing the boat from the North Sea to the Black Sea. We will be travelling over 3000km of inland waterways, predominately the Danube river, through thirteen different countries.
Posted today at 10:00 am
I14 World Championship preview
70 boats are expected to line up in Perth over New Year International 14 sailors from across the globe will descend upon the warm waters of the Swan River in Western Australia from 29 December to 10 January for the 2020 World Championship.
Posted today at 8:28 am
Melges IC37 at the NYYC Annual Regatta day 2
"Members Only" Syndicate wins the day Only one race was completed on Day 2 of the New York Yacht Club 165th Annual Regatta but Melges IC37 Class sailors recount the afternoon as one of the most memorable days on the water thus far.
Posted today at 3:31 am
Fast 40+ Race Circuit Round 2 day 2
oole Bay delivered more feisty weather for the fleet Poole Bay delivered more feisty weather for the FAST40+ Class for the second day of racing, with the breeze topping out at close to 20 knots, and driving rain for most of the day.
Posted on 15 Jun
Ladycat team win the Bol d'Or Mirabaud 2019
This was a final victory for Dona Bertarelli's trimaran Yann Guichard and his crew, onboard Ladycat powered by Spindrift racing, have secured their fourth win of the iconic Bol d'Or Mirabaud, today Saturday 15 June at 20h36.
Posted on 15 Jun
New Ronstan Watches at TridentUK
Contemporary styling with true sailing functionality Ronstan's ClearStartâ„¢ race timer and watches combine contemporary styling with true sailing functionality. They feature large buttons, easy to read displays and advanced intuitive programming designed specifically with the racing sailor in mind.
Posted on 15 Jun
Solo Nigel Pusinelli Trophy day 1
High winds for the fleet in Weymouth So we return to the home of UK Olympic sailing, WPNSA and the legacy that was left behind from 2012 is still evident everywhere I look.
Posted on 15 Jun