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Golden Globe Race, Day 322: Tapio Lehtinen takes 5th place

by Barry Pickthall, Golden Globe Race 20 May 00:37 BST 19 May 2019
Bright and cheerful Tapio has enjoying his extended solo circumnavigation - Golden Globe Race © Peter Foerthmann / Windpilot and Les Gallagher / Fishpics / PPL

Tapio Lehtinen, the 5th and final placed Finnish skipper competing in the Golden Globe Race crossed the finish line at 20:21 hours today accompanied by Bernard Moitessier's famous yacht Joshua and a flottila of excited wellwishers, including French race winner Jean-Luc Van Den Heede.

Sailing his Gaia 36 Asteria with spinnaker set in glorious weather, Tapio has clearly enjoyed his lengthy solo circumnavigation extended by barnacle growth on the hull. The 61 year-old from Helsinki is now heading towards Les Sables d'Olonne harbour where live coverage will continue for his dockside reception, prizegiving and press conference.

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Lessons learned from sailing small yachts in extreme conditions

Sir Robin Knox-Johnston has published his long awaited Report considering the lessons learned from sailing small yachts in extreme conditions including the 5 dismastings suffered during the 2018 GGR.

Click here to download the Report.

Overall results:

PosSkipperDistance to finishVMG during last 24 hoursElapsed time 
1Jean-Luc VDH (FRA) 
Rustler 36  Matmut
Finished0 knots 211d   23h 12m 19s
2Mark Slats (NED) 
Rustler 36  Ohpen Maverick
Finished0 knots216d 00h 18m 30s Inc. 36h penalty
3Uku Randmaa (East) Rustler 36 One and All  Finished0 knots254d 18h 40m 00s Inc. 72h penalty
4Istvan Kopar (USA) Tradewind 35 PuffinFinished0 knots264d 1h 38m 30s Inc. 24h 40m accumulative penalty
5Robin Knox-Johnston (GBR)  Suhaili  virtual race position in 1969 finished 0 knots 
5Tapio Lehtinen (FIN) Gaia 36 Asteriafinished0. knots 322d 08h 21m

Chichester Class:

1. Igor Zaretskiy (RUS) Endurance 35 Esmeralda - stopped in Albany, W Australia. Expected to restart in October/November

Retired:

Ertan Beskardes (GBR) Rustler 36 Lazy Otter
Kevin Farebrother (AUS) Tradewind 35 Sagarmatha
Nabil Amra (PAL) Biscay 36 Liberty II
Philippe Péché (FRA) Rustler 36 PRB
Antoine Cousot (FRA) Biscay 36 Occupation Interim Are Wiig (NOR) OE32 Olleanna Abhilash Tomy (IND) Suhaili replica Thuriya
Gregor McGuckin (IRE) Biscay 36 Hanley Energy Endurance
Francesco Cappelletti (ITA) Endurance 35 007
Loïc Lepage (ENG) Nicholson 32 Laaland
Susie Goodall(GBR) Rustler 36 DHL Starlight
Sinclair Mark (AUS) Lello 34 Coconut

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