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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.
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.