GGR Day 111: MAYDAY rescue update alert on Loic Lepage


  • Operations begin to rescue Loïc Lepage from his dismasted and leaking yacht 600 miles SW of Perth, Australia 
  • Mark Slats passes through Hobart film gate
 Loïc Lepage, now awaiting rescue some 600 miles SE of Perth WA.
Francis Tolan and his Beneteau OCEAN 43 Alizes II is expected to be first on the scene to lend assistance.

[Below] Mark Slats arrival at the Hobart film gate earlier today.


Dateline 21.10. 2018 – Hobart, Tasmania

SITUATION UPDATE At  15:00 UTC on October 21.

At 18:27 UTC on Saturday 20th Oct. the Joint Rescue Coordination Centre at Canberra (JRCC Aus.) picked up a distress beacon alert from French solo skipper Loïc Lepage.  They had already been alerted by GGR organisers that his yacht Laaland had been dismasted and was taking in water some 600 miles SW of Perth, Western Australia, and took on responsibility for coordinating a rescue mission.

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GGR Day 110: MAYDAY alert from Loic Lepage


Loïc Lepage dismasted 600 miles SW of Perth, Australia

Yacht leaking


62-year old French yachtsman Loïc Lepage sailing aboard his Nicholson 32 yacht Laaland
Lepage and Laaland passing through the Lanzarote Film Gate in July
Lepage was forced to stop in Cape Town to make repairs and was relegated to the Chichester Class.

Dateline 20.10. 2018 – Hobart, Tasmania

At 18:30 UTC, French solo yachtsman set off the Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB) on his yacht Laaland after being dismasted earlier in the day some 600 miles SW of Perth Western Australia.

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Exmouth RNLI Volunteers receive long service awards

Roger_1_LR = Dept. Coxswain Roger Jackson receives his Awards from Charles Hunter-Pease

Mark_1_LR = Second Mechanic Mark Sansom receives his Awards from Charles Hunter-Pease

Don_1_LR = RNLI Fundraising Committee Chair, Don Hodgkinson receives his Awards from Charles Hunter-Pease

Bernice_1_LR = RNLI Fundraising Committee Treasurer, Bernice Williams with her Awards and fellow volunteers

Bernice_2_LR = RNLI Fundraising Committee Treasurer, Bernice Williams with her Awards and fellow volunteers

All photographs credited John Thorogood / Exmouth RNLI.

Four Exmouth RNLI Volunteers have recently been presented with prestigious long service Awards following their long and distinguished service to the lifesaving organisation.

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Antonio’s fundraiser in support of Exmouth RNLI

Photograph : The successful winners, Jasmine Pashley and Lily Burdett, presenting the cheque to RNLI Volunteers.

Photograph credited : Paul J. Balbi

Exmouth RNLI were very pleased to receive further fundraising support from local business, Antonio’s, in the Strand, Exmouth, raising more than £615 for the lifesaving charity and generating over £3,000 over five years.

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GGR Day 83: Code Red Alert update

Media update 13:00 UTC 22.9.2018   Les Sables d’Olonne, France

Early today, Golden Globe Race HQ finally received a satellite text message from Abhilash Tomy, the injured Indian solo sailor dismasted in the South Indian Ocean some 1,900 miles SW of Perth, Australia on Friday. ACTIVATED EPIRB.CANT WALK.MIGHT NEED STRETCHER Position: 39′ 25.297 S 077′ 30.629 E at 22 Sep 02:28 UTC

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Honoring First Responders

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Today marks the 17th anniversary of the Sept. 11 tragedy in the United States.  Our nation will be forever indebted to the men and women who were among the first emergency responders who came to the aid of the thousands of people who were victims of this horrific act of terrorism.

On Thursday, Sept. 13, the U.S. Postal Service will issue a Forever stamp honoring firefighters, emergency medical professionals and law enforcement officers who serve our communities across the nation. The Honoring First Responders Forever stamp will be dedicated at the Aerial Fire Depot and Smokejumper Center in Missoula, MT.  Guy Cottrell, Chief Postal Inspector, U.S. Postal Inspection Service will be the dedicating official. To learn more, visit: