Competitor profile

Name    Ertan Beskardes
Born    June 11th 1961 – Istanbul, Turkey
Domicile    Bournemouth, UK
Country of entry    United Kingdom

Ertan Beskardes is a Turkish born British national who began sailing on the Bosphorus at the age of 12. He came to the UK in 1979 and made a career in military tailoring and regalia, before setting up his own company with his wife in Bournemouth in 1994. There, they built a boat in the back garden and have been sailing regularly in nearby Christchurch harbour since 1998.   As their children grew up he graduated first to a Drascombe Cruiser Longboat, then a Parker 235 cruising yacht before buying a Jeanneau Odyssey 33 in 2012, sailing each year-round. Ertan had planned to sail singlehanded to the Azores, taking part in the Jester Challenge race once, and twice on his own accord only to be thwarted each time either by limited time or bad weather.
He says:  “I have always been self-employed and always wanted to do something special like sail around the world. I first learned about the Golden Globe Race on Facebook in 2017 and thought to enter the second race in 2022, but then learned that there were places available for the 2018 event.  I quickly found a Rustler 36 in Sardinia and have been preparing her for the race ever since.”

Name            Lazy Otter
Type            Rustler 36 Masthead sloop
Race No        94
Designer        Holman & Pye
Builder        Cygnus Marine Ltd  (UK)
LOA            35.33ft / 10.77m
LWL            26.92ft / 8.21m
Beam            11.00ft / 3.35m
Draft                5.50ft / 1.67m
Displacement     16805 lbs / 7623 kgs
Sail area        693sq. ft / 64.38sq. m

Ertan Beskardes purchased the Rustler 36 Lazy Otter built by Cygnus Marine in 1993, late in 2017 and spent the early winter months refitting her in Fertilia Marina in Sardinia.  He has since completed more than 2,500 solo sea mile on the voyage from Sardina to Falmouth, stopping at Alicante.

Feb 15, 2018: Completed refit and set sail from Fertilia Marina, Sardinia on solo delivery voyage to Falmouth.
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