Golden Globe Race started. The craziest, most romantic, most dangerous in the world

Golden Globe Race
Golden Globe Race: Simon Curwen (UK) departing on his Biscay 36 “Clara”

Sixteen solo sailors set out on September 4 for the Golden Globe Race. Aboard boats from 9.75 to a maximum of 10.97 meters (32 to 36 feet) cut off from Les Sables d’Olonne in France for a 30,000-mile nonstop world tour passing by the famous three capes (Good Hope, Leewin, Cape Horn) for the world’s craziest, most romantic, riskiest race.

Golden Globe Race, aboard only nautical charts and the compass

They have no electronic and computer equipment on board, only sextant, nautical charts, compass, windvane steering (electric autopilot allowed but with penalty). Only link, but with limited communications, an SSB Radio. They also cannot have watches, cameras, digital, calculators. Boats must have long keels without the use of exotic fibers (carbon, Kevlar, etc.), must have been mass-produced before 1988, which is at least 38 years ago.

Golden Globe Race
Golden Globe Race: Michael Guggenberger (AUSTRIA) On his Biscay 36 “NURI”

The only prerequisite for those participating is that they must have sailed at least 14,000 miles of which 2,000 are solo and at least 2,000 aboard the boat with which they are sailing in the 2022/2023 Golden Globe Race.

Golden Globe Race the regatta that made Moitessier great

The inventor of this crazy and anachronistic around-the-world race is a 67-year-old Australian, Don McIntyre, who has done nothing more than replicate in the third millennium the legendary 1968 Golden Globe race (here the whole story) that created the myth of Bernard Moitessier and was won by
Robin Knox Johnston
who was the only man to cross the finish line in 1968, becoming the first man to sail solo nonstop around the world, after 313 days at sea

This is the second edition of the new life of the race. In the first, in 2018, out of sixteen starters only four crossed the finish line, Jean Luc Van den Heede won.

Golden Globe Race
Kirsten Neuschäfer (South Africa) on her Cape George 36 “Minnehaha” is the only woman in the race

Where you risk your life

Many risked their lives such as 43-year-old Indian Abhilash Tomy who capsized four times and was rescued in extremis off Australia. Not satisfied with the risks he took, he returns to the start with a Rastler 36, here his story.

Among the sixteen starters is one woman, 39-year-old South African Kirsten Neuschafer, who aboard his Minnehaha, a Cape George Cutter 36, sailed 8,800 miles solo from Canada to Cape Town, South Africa, and then another 6,600 miles to reach the start on Atlantic France.

First to cross the finish line at the Sept. 4 start was 62-year-old Briton Simon Curwen aboard Clara, a 1976 Biscay 36 that was converted from a sloop to a cutter for the race.

How long will it take the 16 “madmen at the start” to travel the 30,000 miles around the world? There is no time limit, when you arrive, you arrive.

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