History of the Race
The Golden Globe Race is the original round-the-world yacht race. In 1968, while man was preparing to take his first steps on the moon, a mild-mannered and modest young man was setting out on his own record-breaking voyage of discovery.
Offshore yacht racing changed forever with adventurers and sailors, inspired by Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, following in his pioneering wake.
Nine men started the first solo non-stop sailing race around the World. Only one finished. History was made. Navigating with a sextant, paper charts, and an accurate and reliable timepiece, Sir Robin navigated around the world.
In 2018, to celebrate 50 years since that first record-breaking achievement, the Golden Globe Race was resurrected. It instantly caught the attention of the world’s media as well as adventures, captivated by the spirit and opportunity. The original race is back in 2022.
The Golden Globe Race captures the traditional imagination of adventurers from all corners of the planet. Since 1968 more than 740 people have gone into space while less than 110 have sailed solo, non-stop, around the world. So, this really is the last big voyage of discovery.
The GGR is however more than a yacht race. It inspires individuals, celebrates the human spirit, and connects people, places and businesses. It is a global event that creates unique moments.
Sail Like Its 1968
The 2022 Golden Globe is a solo around-the-world race starting on Sept 4th 2022 from Les Sables-d’Olonne, France. This is the third edition.
Apart from high-tech safety equipment and satellite media communications, no modern technology is allowed.
Entrants are limited to sailing similar long-keeled 32-36ft yachts and equipment that was available to Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, winner of the original race in 1968–69. Entrants sail without computers or GPS navigation aids.
Race entrants set off around the world Eastward with several “film gates” along the route, where the skippers are interviewed LIVE as they sail past without stopping and pass over films and letters.
30,000 Nautical Miles
The 3 great Capes
No Outside Assistance
One Huge Challenge
One Exceptional Achievement
The challenge is pure and very raw, placing adventure ahead of winning at all costs. Budgets mean nothing, outside assistance is forbidden. This is a true test of human endurance, resilience and both mental and physical fortitude.
No other event in sport can match the Golden Globes unique combination of epic adventure and endurance, traditional values, maritime heritage, duration and global reach. This is the sailing equivalent of climbing Mount Everest without oxygen.
To know more, visit the Golden Globe Race website: www.goldengloberace.com