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Nine French skippers head the 30-strong entry for the 2018 Golden Globe Race starting from England in June 2018. The 30,000 mile solo, non-stop round the world race is being staged to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the original Sunday Times Golden Globe Race back in 1968/9 which led to Sir Robin Knox-Johnston becoming the first man to sail solo non-stop around the world.
My name is Nabil Amra, I'm a proud Palestinian American and an avid sailor. There aren't many sailors that don't know the story of the original 1968 Golden Globe Race Around the World. I am no exception to this and have, for years, read all I could get my hands on regarding this subject. You can imagine my excitement to see that there would be a 50th annniversary running of the race to all the same rules and technology as were the case in 1968.
Nabil Amra and Antoine Cousot with their Biscay 36 yachts. 29 of these traditional long keeled yachts were built by the Falmouth Boat Co between 1975 and 1990. Antoine has the first, and Nabil, the last. The two yachts are now undergoing extensive refits in readiness for the 2018 Golden Globe Race and will be relaunched in May 2017
Falmouth Boat Company to refit two Biscay 36 yachts in readiness for the GGR
About the Race
“Stepping back to the Golden Age of solo sailing”
In celebration of Sir Robin Knox-Johnston’s historic 1968/9 world first solo non-stop circumnavigation in the Sunday Times Golden Globe Yacht Race, a new Golden Globe Race will be staged to mark the 50th Anniversary of that epic, starting in 2018.
Like the original Sunday Times event, the 2018 Golden Globe Race is very simple. Depart Falmouth, England on June 14th 2018 and sail solo, non-stop around the world, via the five Great Capes and return to Falmouth. Entrants are limited to use the same type of yachts and equipment that were available to Robin in that first race. That means sailing without modern technology or benefit of satellite based navigation aids. Competitors must sail in production boats between 32ft and 36ft overall (9.75 – 10.97m) designed prior to 1988 and having a full-length keel with rudder attached to their trailing edge. These yachts will be heavily built, strong and steady, similar in concept to Robin’s 32ft vessel Suhaili.