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Delamare Takes The Flag, Cole's Northerly Ascension Continues Her March Into History Books


  • Delamare Wins, Cole's Northerly Ascension Continues Her March Into History Books

    Today February 24th at 14:03 UTC, 3:03 pm local time, after 147d 1h 3m 37s at sea, Philippe Delamare on Mowgli has won the Global Solo Challenge 2023/2024, first competitor to complete his circumnavigation by the three great capes, solo and non stop. The sea state was very challenging with waves over 6 meters even close to the finish line. Philippe has faced a serious storm to complete his circumnavigation and 2 days ago in the building seas he was knocked down and broke his boom. The boat has plenty of signs of the incredible voyage with damage to many components of his equipment. Philippe was very extremely happy by the welcome and by the special visit of Jean Luc Van Den Heede who has given him precious advice to prepare for the event, and win it!


    Meanwhile... American Cole Brauer continues her march towards 2nd overall, 1st women and 1st American Woman to circumnavigate the planet singlehanded....

    Cole Brauer, currently holding firmly onto second position has now less than 2000 miles to go to the finish line in A Coruna, every and every mile she sails takes her one step closer to becoming the first American female to complete a solo, nonstop, circumnavigation by the three great capes as well as entering in that very small elite of less than 200 sailors to have ever achieved this result. Success is getting closer for Cole.

    Good morning everyone! Woof I wish I had better news… just horrendous conditions out here. Upwind/close reaching, 3m choppy waves, 50-60 degree shifts and breeze from 15-36knots. Just fully out of control. To make matters worse on top of all the slamming, there is a lot of water inside the boat, I have now started to use the electric pump to pump out water every 6-10hours. First Light is know to be a very dry boat so this is a bit of a hassle. The water is coming through the top rudder bearing (I’ve made a raincoat out of ziplock bags for the autopilot, and a raincoat for the rudder bearing but it’s not enough), the other spot is the forward electrical wires comes down through the deck gland and into the boat and with the massive amount of water on the deck and the slamming the silicone as come loose. So there is water in the forward compartment and in the keel box. I at least know the issues and what are the worse case scenarios and I am monitoring this and making sure that I keep these areas as dry as I can! Not much sleep but heading off to a nap. Wish me luck! Another 2-3 days of this and then hopefully… downwind conditions!


    Aloha from the rudder compartment! Just constantly cleaning up water to keep it from sloshing around the autopilot!

    Today’s been clean up and get settled but trying to make it more fun!!

    PS the hatch I open is called the emergency hatch: that is if the boat was to flip over completely I could still get out safely! And it makes for nice pictures of my wake!


    My parents met in a gym as body builders, my dad was a rower, triathlete and cyclist. My mom a cyclist, kayaker and trail runner. I grew up around workout equipment and in a bike shop. My parents pushed me extremely hard in cycling, rock climbing and running. All other sports were not sports and not as respected. When I was a teenager and being bad instead of grounding me as most of my childhood friends parents would do, my parents would put me on the treadmill and make me run as fast as I could for at least 20mins; in order to get my teenage angst out. They were tough but fair.

    All throughout school we had these physical fitness tests, there was a metric that put us in categories and my dad looked at this metric and then looked at what the boys metric was and threw the girls metric out. He said, if the boys can do it. You can too. We started with pull-ups; I was already a rock climber and an avid tree climber that pull ups came easy. But he wanted me to make sure I did more that any of the boys. Proper ones too, all the way down and all the way up. Every year when the time for the physical fitness tests came up, I had to go home and report back to my dad how I did. I always felt proud to come home and bring him my metric sheet that showed I was at the highest of my school for fitness. When I joined sailing my parents were not very happy. They didn’t see sailing as a sport that had true fitness. But now after years I can show them that all of their hard work throughout my childhood and their push for a strong mind and body has paid off. For this moment. Happy Birthday Dad. I love you. You and mom kicked ass raising me. Don’t let anyone ever tell you anything different. I am proud to be your daughter. ☺️

    PS very hard to do proper pull-ups on a boat that is heeled at 18-22 degrees and slamming in 2-3m waves upwind
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