Up to 30 yachtsmen will sail from Plymouth to recreate the story of a solo race around the world on small, traditional long-keeled yachts, using only paper charts, a sextant and a chronometer for navigation. The 2018 Golden Globe Race marks the 50th anniversary of the original Sunday Times Golden Globe Race, as well as the outstanding achievement of Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, who became the first sailor to complete a non-stop solo voyage around the world.
Sir Robin Knox-Johnston - Sunday Times Golden Globe Race 1968
Fifty years have passed since the first regatta, when only one of the nine sailors managed to finish. The dramas that are already unfolding on the 2,000-mile qualifying pass show that the challenges remain just as tough.
One year before the start of the race, skippers must present the boat, where they will take part. Just before the deadline a British party Robin Davy, veteran of two campaigns BOC Around Alone Race, and Brazilian circumnavigation solo yachtswoman Isabelle Pimentel, both purchased yachts of the class Rustler 36, increasing the number of these boats to 6, built in Falmouth.
British Susie Goodall, which also Rustler 36, has just completed a double Atlantic crossing and is already heading for Falmouth, to convert it for the race.
Irishman Gregor McGuckin and French Arsene Ledertheil both chose yachts of the class Biscay 36, this is the second most popular class in the race, their number increased to 4.
Russian Igor Zaretsky chose Bellure endurance 35 for your flight by joining the British Jan Reed and the Frenchman Patrick Feliponso this class of yacht increased to 3 in the race.
Mark Slats - Rustler 36
Jean-luc van den heede
Gregor McGuckin - Biscay 36
Also joined by two new members, a 59 year old Finnish yachtsman with an impressive experience Tapio Lehtinen from Helsinki, and serving as an Indian Navy officer Captain Abhilash Tomi, KC (38) from Mumbai who is one of the most famous yachtsmen in India and received one of 5 special invitations to join 2018 Golden Globe Race.
For the oldest participant in the race Jean-Luc van den Hede (France) 72 years old, the youngest participants 27 years old - Roy Hubbard (USA), Susie Goodall (UK) and Nere Cornuz (Italy / Switzerland).
Participants from 14 countries will have to cover 30,000 miles to win. Race start 2018 Golden Globe Race will take place on saturday June 30, 2018 in Plymouth, UK. Golden globe race
2018 Golden Globe Race
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