Estonian Uku Randmaa, who lost 20 kilograms, circled the world on his 10.7-metre Rustler 36 One and All in 252 days. At 9:00 UTC on March 10, he finished in Les Sables d' Olonne, France. He now officially holds the title «bronze medalist» of the Golden Globe Race non-stop round-the-world singles regatta.
«It was my biggest dream in life and I am very, very happy to have achieved it... And I have my wife» to thank for that," the Estonian confessed.
His wife met him on the shore. And not alone! Shortly after the start of the regatta on 1 July, Randmaa had twin boys. Now, after 8 months in the harbour of Les Sables d'Olonne, the family has come together for the first time.
At the cost of extreme austerity, Randmaa still managed to stretch the rapidly dwindling food supply until the end of the race.
He even had three bags of instant soup left over from the food the Estonian had brought with him on his voyage. On the shore he gobbled down the pizza with both hands. Before he drank the «trophy» champagne, Randmaa «poured» it over the water overboard, the mast and the rudder, thus thanking God and his boat that he made it to the finish line in one piece.
Challenger for fourth place in the GGR, American Istvan Kopar, is expected to finish early next week (18-19 March). He has 930 nautical miles to go before Le Sables d'Olonne.