The Golden Globe Race is a solo, non-stop, round-the-world yacht race which spurns modern technology.
The Golden Globe Race (GGR) was born in 1968. 2018 will see the first re-run of this historic race, marking its 50th anniversary.
The GGR of 1968 was sponsored by The Sunday Times, and was a race made to prove whether it was humanly possible to sail solo, non-stop around the world, something that had never been done before non-stop. 9 men started the race and only one finished, Sir Robing Knox Johnston. Sir Robin won the race in his 32ft ketch Suhaili, in a total of 312 days.
The 2018 version is the 50th anniversary of the start in 1968. A celebration of the golden age of sailing, where no GPS can be used, the circumnavigation will be done entirely by traditional means. No iPhone, no mod cons, just solo with the sun stars and horizon. In the spirit of the original race, boats will be borderline classic, not the 60 ft, multi-million dollar machines of today, but 32-36 ft classics of yesteryear with the technology of the time.
The original race has a very captivating, yet tragic story to it. It is the story of heroism and bravery, which is captured in part in our wealth of sailing literature.
Race start is 1st July 2018 from Les Sables d'Olonne, France with the finish some 300 days later. 300 days without human contact, isolation, extreme cold, extreme heat and sleep deprivation. The race heads South down the Atlantic Ocean passing through ‘gates’ along the way, the first of which is the Canary Islands, then the Cape Verdes, and on to round South of the 3 Great Capes; the Cape of Good Hope, Cape Leeuwin and finally Cape Horn, before heading up the Atlantic back to Plymouth. The other ‘gates’ are Storm Bay, Tasmania and the Falkland Islands.