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The adventure of Mark Slats with the Golden Globe race

Allpa assisted Mark Slats with the choice and installation of the Solé Diesel engine together with allpa dealer and friend of Mark Slats, Harry van Wijk of Harry van Wijk Boatservice in Wassenaar. Harry will also be present at the next Hiswa edition at the stand of Allpa, stand number 01.241. After the Rowing adventure, Mark Slats went directly on with his next mission: the Golden Globe Race - around the world sailing race.

Allpa Marine Equipment thought this a super initiative and together with Mark on BOOT 2018, Düsseldorf a plan was made concerning the engine (marine diesel). It became a Mini 29 from Solé Diesel with a Technodrive (Twin Disc) gearbox. The motor control of Seastar Solutions and the corresponding control cables are also built-in. Allpa also supplied other technical equipment for the boat.

Mark Slats sold his house to take part in the Golden Globe Race. Also his rowboat “Peanuts” is for sale to pay for the race. The renovation and racing of his boat “Maverick” was both costly and labor-intensive. Mark himself has worked a lot on his boat, on the one hand for reasons of safety on the other, for cost considerations. Mark must also met a lot of (safety) requirements for participation in the race. For example, he needed to get various certificates (first aid, safety and radio), clothing for all weather types, special food, have specific equipment on board and have sailed enough nautical miles. After hundreds of hours of manual labor, with funding through donations, the sale of his house and boat, he is still is in debt.

Mark Slats has previously completed a solo world tour in 2004/5 with the 46ft yacht “Cornelia” designed by Alan Buchanan. The Dutch sailor who was born in Darwin, Australia and moved to the Netherlands at the age of 8, bought the Rustler 36 “The Ohpen Maverick” - the first boat of this model that was built.

Mark has his own business with renovating old houses, but found the preparations for the Global Gold Race and the 2017 Talisker Transatlantic Rowing Challenge took up a great deal of his time. “I trained 8 hours every day and spent the rest of the time planning for these two events, it was very time consuming!”

Remarkably enough, Mark Slats overcame the disappointment of losing his fellow rower in the two-man class, shortly before the start of the Talisker Challenge, but he went on and won the single handed class, in record time after a 4th place overall, before all the two-man teams!

Mark’s Golden Globe Race challenge was supervised by Dutch yacht designer Dick Koopmans. The yacht was sailed across the North Sea to its home port Wassenaar in the fishing port of Scheveningen in 2017 and a three-man team led by Koopmans was fitting the boat while Mark rowed across the Atlantic.

Why has he entered the Golden Globe Race? “Because I live for this stuff”, he says.

On Saturday, February 23, Slats received a hero reception in the port of Scheveningen. After months he could finally set foot in the Netherlands again. Because of his participation in the Golden Globe Race, he was on his own at sea for seven months. Obviously, that period required and demanded much of the sailor. Slats will tell more about that in the broadcast at Jinek. Attention is also paid to it on (npo-1), omroep west, nos langsdelijn, Midvliet and many others that will follow.

Allpa Marine Equipment BV believed in the many exposure that he would get with this adventure and supported Mark Slats in the run-up to his race around the world by sponsoring his participation in the Golden Globe Race.

source: allpa Marketing Dept.

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