A sailor in the Golden Globe around the world race has been given a penalty after using amateur radio to ask for weather routing information
Third-placed Estonian skipper Uku Randmaa escaped disqualification from the Golden Globe race after breaching the strict rules forbidding outside assistance but has been handed a 72-hour penalty for asking and receiving weather routing information during radio contact with a Ham radio operator.
A 16-minute recording of the radio communication was received at Race HQ yesterday (19th February). The first five minutes cover a legitimate publicly available weather information, but at -9:15, Randmaa asks: “I have a question…How can I say it… I’m heading 90°. Can I be sure that I can take the wind if I’m sailing east?"