On January 28th Mark Slats, who was the second place in the Golden Globe race, faced a penalty when he sought assistance from the Dutch team members as well as breached certain rules of satellite communication.
He sent out a message on 28th January to the race HQ via his team manager Dick Koopmans to ask for the finish line to be moved about 50 miles offshore. HQ responded to Koopman that they had updated him about the upcoming storm and that he could proceed towards the finishing line. However, Koopmans then replied by email stating that he had consulted a meteorologist and they felt that it would be unsafe to try to sail into Bay of Biscay with the approaching storm. To this, the race chairman responded that Slats or his manager should not try to communicate with each other when the race HQ was there to respond to any queries that Slats might have.
With such happenings, Mark has received some penalty points before he could reach the finishing line. Meanwhile Jean-Luc as lucky to reach the finishing line in good weather and celebrate his victory.