Ertan Beskardes (60)

United Kingdom



Name Ertan Beskardes

Born June 11th 1961

Nationality British

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
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.

Skipper Updates

May 3rd 2018 12:00 AM

British/Turkish skipper Ertan Beskardes expects to return to his Rustler 36 Lazy Otter in Vigo, Spain on 7th May and complete his voyage to Falmouth where new sails are waiting.

April 5th 2018 12:00 AM

Ertan Beskardes is mid-way through a solo voyage from the Med back to Falmouth and made a stop in Gibraltar just before Easter to continue on-going repairs and upgrades to his Rustler 36 Lazy Otter enroute.
“Many of the problems are due to the yacht’s age and lack of use.” He says. The rough weather leg from Sardinia to Palma highlighted several leaks through hatches, air vents and around the engine, which have now been fixed. “I also found that the heat exchanger had sucked up parts from the water pump impeller and some of the piping was leaking which have now been replaced. I am very happy with the boat and getting to know her better every day.”
Ertan expects to reach Falmouth during the latter part of April, where a new set of sails await his arrival.

February 15th 2018 12:00 AM

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

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