Wärtsilä is partnering with Mr Tapio Lehtinen as he participates into the historic Golden Globe Race 2018-2019. The partnership is closely linked with the global nature and presence of Wärtsilä’s business and our commitment to the clean environment.
Tapio, 60, is a life-long sailor and has been sailing since his childhood, taking part in various prestigious competitions during the years. The Golden Globe race starts from Les Sables-d’Olonne, France on 1 July 2018. The route is 30,000-miles long, and it is expected to last around 300 days to finish the race. The 19 participatingsailors sail solo, non-stop, without outside assistance and return to Les Sables-d’Olonne in April 2019.
“I am very happy that Wärtsilä is partnering with me and supporting me in the race as their values are very close to my own. I will most definitely need all the energy and excellence available to succeed and I am extremely excited about the start date getting closer,” Tapio says about the partnership.
“The reason why I am participating is that I love sailing, I enjoy being at sea. I take pride in preparing well and sailing in a seamanlike way while acknowledging the risks related to a race like this. Sustainability and cleaner oceans have always been close to my heart and by sailing around the world, I can really highlight these important issues on a global scale,” Tapio continues about his relationship with the sea.
Back to the Golden Age of solo sailing
In contrast to the current professional world of elite ocean racing, this 50 Anniversary Edition of the Golden Globe Race travels back to a time known as the ‘Golden Age’ of solo sailing without modern technology or satellite-based navigational aids around the world. The entrants will use only the same type or similar equipment and technology that was carried on board Robin Knox-Johnston’s 1968/69 race winning yacht Suhaili. They will be navigating with sextant on paper charts, without electronic instruments or autopilots. They will hand-write their logs and determine the weather for themselves. Only occasionally will they talk to loved ones and the outside world when long-range high frequency and ham radios allow.
The future of the seas
Wärtsilä has a long heritage in the marine industry. Throughout the years we’ve provided solutions for the global trade moving on seas. In only five decades the industry has changed tremendously and we’re at the forefront of creating technologies to reshape the direction for the next decades. With this legendary race, there is an opportunity to pay global attention to the importance of developing marine ecosystems that can develop long-lasting, sustainable solutions for future-proof marine industry.
The original press release can be found here.
You can also read more about Tapio’s upcoming journey from twentyfour7 magazine’s article.