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
To put my friends and families minds at ease and to be able to review the effectiveness of a training strategy after the fact, I thought I'd try to put words to my plan of attack for the Golden Globe Race (GGR). If you were a pleasure sailor that spent the majority of his time on freshwater lakes, what would you do to prepare for this daunting task? We're talking about sailing around the world without help, electronics, stopping, alone in a small boat.
22 months, normally this amount of time would sound like an eternity to me. To make me wait for 22 months for just about anything would be untenable to a high energy, if not hyper active guy like me. But I’ve come to realize it is all about context. Over the last couple of months, as preparations for the 2018 Golden Globe Race Around the World heat up, I’m starting to take a different view. How quickly the days pass and critical dates approach! Events have been moving at such a pace that keeping my nose above the waves has become a struggle and a constant challenge.