Mike Golding

This sailor appears to be unshakeable and though he started out sailing oceans in a multihull, during the then OSTAR (now known as The Transat) and the Round Britain and Ireland, he quickly got into monohull sailing.

 

Ecover

Designed by Owen Clarke Design and Clay Oliver, this new prototype is the fruit of the vast experience amassed by Mike Golding and his architects.

 

IN AT LAST

Mike Golding and ECOVER 3 finally arrived safely in Tenerife at around 0400hrs this morning, ending a very frustrating and disappointing spell for Mike. After retiring from the Transat ECOVER B to B race from Brazil to Brittany due to the combined effects of various engine and electrical problems, Mike has had a tough time battling mixed conditions with barely working pilots and limited instrumentation. The ECOVER 3 shore team have been in Tenerife for two days preparing for the boat’s arrival and will now work quickly to get the boat back into safe condition to deliver her back to mainland Europe ready for the planned winter refit. “The last few days especially have been very, very frustrating. I am disappointed not to be in Port la Foret up with the leaders, but completing the passage like this is not good at all. We have a lot of work to do.” Mike commented yesterday.

 

MIKE GOLDING FORCED TO RETIRE FROM RACE

Solo British yachtsman Mike Golding has been forced to make the difficult decision to retire from the Transat Ecover B to B race from Bahia, Brazil to Port La Foret, Brittany.

 

WET WET WET

Since leaving the Doldrums life has been a little out of control on Ecover 111, sailing wise everything is fine with the boat - more than that - the boat seems to go well in these conditions....

 

STRAIGHT LINING IT

It is very bumpy conditions, very wet on deck and quite wet down below. There is quite a big sea running. It is very uncomfortable and hard to move around. We have a problem with the ballast system. There is so much water on the boat that the forward ballast is filling and so every two hours or so I am ending up with a full tank of ballast on the leeward side forward. The only way to clear it is to bear off downwind and drop the scoop, so that is not very quick. Otherwise at the moment it is pretty bumpy, pretty jerky and very difficult to get some sleep.

 

INTO THE TRADES

Mike Golding reported this afternoon: " We are in steady breeze now and this afternoon and evening looks OK. We had a steady night, some of the night was not OK, about half and half, but it was certainly nowhere near as bad as the rain clouds we had the night before and yesterday. Now we are in a good firm trade wind of 18 knots.

 

WHEN MODELS DISAGREE

Mike talks about conditions in the Doldrums

 

IN SEARCH OF A SILVER LINING

Mike comments on his frustrations with speed.... "I did not have a particularly flash night. I am not sure exactly what was going on, but I just seemed to be struggling to keep the boat in the groove...

 

In two hours time I will be crossing the equator...

In two hours time I will be crossing the equator back into the N Hemisphere and from the looks of it some fairly uncomfortable weather over the next ten days. First however, we must cross the Doldrums which look fairly horrible once again...

 

WHERE IS THE SWEET SPOT?

Mike comments on his first 24 hours and getting in the the routine of solo sailing again

 

BYE BAHIA, BYE BRAZIL

MIKE GOLDING STARTS TRANSAT ECOVER BtoB RACE.

 

BACK TO BUSINESS

SALVADOR da BAHIA, BRAZIL 1100HRS LOCAL (1400HRS GMT)

 

 

 

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IN AT LAST

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MIKE GOLDING FORCED TO RETIRE FROM RACE

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WET WET WET

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STRAIGHT LINING IT

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INTO THE TRADES

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WHEN MODELS DISAGREE

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IN SEARCH OF A SILVER LINING

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In two hours time I will be crossing the equator...

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WHERE IS THE SWEET SPOT?

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BYE BAHIA, BYE BRAZIL

 

 

 



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