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Golden Globe Race re-run

Fifty years after Sir Robin Knox-Johnston CBE FRIN made the first solo non-stop world circumnavigation, it is to be re-run - in June 2018.

To celebrate Sir Robin's historic 1968-9 circumnavigation in the Sunday Times Golden Globe Yacht Race, a new Golden Globe Race will be staged to mark its 50th anniversary - starting from Falmouth on 16 June 2018.

As in the original race, departure from UK will be from Plymouth, this time on 30 June 2018 - to sail solo, non-stop around the world, via the 5 Great Capes, and return to Plymouth. Entrants are limited to sailing similar yachts and equipment to that available to Sir Robin in that first race - without modern technology or satnav. And competitors must sail in production boats of 32-36ft overall, designed prior to 1988 and with a full-length keel with rudder attached to their trailing edge - similar in concept to Sir Robin’s 32ft vessel 'Suhaili'.

Each entrant will be supplied a standard 'race pack', which will include:
- a stand-alone satellite tracking system (the skippers cannot see) for web tracking updates
- a 2-way satellite short text paging unit (to race headquarters only) for twice-daily 100-character text reports
- 2 hand-held satellite phones (for important calls to Race HQ only) for once-a-week safety check-in only
- a sealed box with a portable GPS chart plotter (for emergency use only)

All Entrants will be tracked 24/7 by satellite - but competitors will not be able to interrogate this information unless an emergency arises and they break open their sealed safety box containing a GPS and satellite phone. But, by breaking the seal, competitors will be deemed to have retired from the Golden Globe Race, and instead will be relegated to the 'Chichester Class' as if they had made a stop.

So competitors will be navigating with sextant and paper charts, without electronic instruments or autopilots. They will hand-write their logs and determine the weather for themselves, and only occasionally will they talk to the outside world when long-range HF and ham radios allow.

It is now possible to race a monohull solo around the world in under 80 days - but sailors in this race will spend around 300 days at sea. Applications for an invitation to compete close on 31 January 2018. Entries are limited to 25 participants plus the possibility of up to 5 special invitations - and the list of applicants is already almost full. Details are at the link below . .

  • 05 July 2017
  • RIN

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