Golden Globe Race Captain Rescued
Nov 19, 2022 | News, Resolved
UPDATE from Boatwatch members:
“UPDATE from Boatwatch members: The rescuing boat is Minnehaha, sailed solo by skipper Kirsten Neuschäfer.
Kirsten put her race on hold, diverted and rescued him, and then handed him over to the ship.”
Tapio Lehtinen is safely onboard the Hong Kong-flagged bulk carrier Darya Gayatri and is on his way to Singapore.
The Golden Globe Race skipper, who is reported to be in good spirits, has spent the last 24 hours in his life raft after his Gaia 36, Asteria sank yesterday morning, 450 miles south east of Port Elizabeth in South Africa.
It is still not known what caused the yacht to sink, although the 64-year-old Finnish skipper reported that she sank stern first, in five minutes. He had enough time to activate his Personal Locator Beacon (PLB) deploy his liferaft, don his survival suit and secure his grab bag,