The race

The race

THE GGR BRINGS THE NON-STOP SOLO SAILING AROUND THE WORLD
BACK TO THE BASICS:

THE SEA

THE Wind

THE Boat

THE Skipper

THE SEA

THE WIND

THE BOAT

THE SKIPPER

time until departure

time until departure

The Golden Globe Race is very simple. One boat and one skipper must depart from Les Sables-d’Olonne, sail around the world via the five Great Capes and return to Les Sables-d’Olonne. The boat must follow certain parameters so any equipment is similar to Sir Robin Knox-Johnston when he won the Golden Globe Race in 1968.

That means:

        • Exotic materials not allowed (carbon, titanium, etc)
        • No water-maker
        • No GPS
        • No speed log sensor
        • No autopilot
        • Nor any other electronics

These characteristics force the solo skipper to come back to the basics; developing and improving further skills than those found in all the other offshore races. Total self-sufficiency is needed.

The Vende Globe Race is the evolution of the Golden Globe Race ove the years  and currently it has become a complex developemtn project with state of art technology where the skipper receives routings, routing and a shore team supports 24/7 via satellite. Removing most of these communications and having no external support makes the skipper to live the sea and the boat in a completely different way.

Furthermore, due to the limited weather information from the VHF and given the low speed of the boat, there are limited options to avoid bad weather and the skipper actually needs to survive any storm on its way.
Recreating the GGR in 1968, the skipper will be navigation with the sextant and paper charts using the sun and the stars to position himself on the globe.

All of these makes that skippers in the GGR 2022 to take an average of 250 days – although nowadays is possible to race around the world in 74 days. 

The coming Golden Globe Race will be the 3rd edition to celebrate. In this occassion the race will be honouring Bernard Moitessier and his boat Joshua starting on the 2nd of September 2022.

Currently there are 26 skippers registered from 10 different nationalities, an extreme global adventure connecting humans to nature and testing their endurance.

PREVIOUS EDITIONS

1968

The GOLDEN GLOBE RACE born in 1968 as a challenge to anyone willing to become the first person to sail around the world solo non-stop. 9 boats started from Falmouth from the 1st of June to the 31st of October of 1968. It was and adventure facing the unknown to achieve what no other person had achieved before, only 1 got to return to Falmouth, Sir Robin Knox-Johnston’s .
The race inspired thousands and motivated generations. Many books have been written about the race and was the tipping point for a new era in offshore

THE EVOLUTION

After 1968 other around the world races were organized, boats quickly evolved and GPS and fancy electronics where available.
Nowadays IMOCA 60s (boats used in the Vendée Globe) use the most advance technology to fly over the water at speeds above 30 kn.

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2018

In 2018, in commemoration of the 50 years of the first Golden Globe Race the regatta was recovered with the same standards and resources available in 1968 – THE GOLDEN GLOBE RACE IS BACK
A total of 18 boats started the race in 2018 of which 5 managed to finish. Jean – Luc Van Den Heede was the race winner investing 211d – 23hr- 12m 19s beating Sir Robin Knox-Johnston’s in 1968 by 100 days.

IN 2022, THE GOLDEN GLOBE RACE
IS BACK IN THE CALENDAR

PREVIOUS EDITIONS

1968

The GOLDEN GLOBE RACE born in 1968 as a challenge to anyone willing to become the first person to sail around the world solo non-stop. 9 boats started from Falmouth from the 1st of June to the 31st of October of 1968. It was and adventure facing the unknown to achieve what no other person had achieved before, only 1 got to return to Falmouth, Sir Robin Knox-Johnston’s .
The race inspired thousands and motivated generations. Many books have been written about the race and was the tipping point for a new era in offshore

THE EVOLUTION

After 1968 other around the world races were organized, boats quickly evolved and GPS and fancy electronics where available.
Nowadays IMOCA 60s (boats used in the Vendée Globe) use the most advance technology to fly over the water at speeds above 30 kn.H

2018

In 2018, in commemoration of the 50 years of the first Golden Globe Race the regatta was recovered with the same standards and resources available in 1968 – THE GOLDEN GLOBE RACE IS BACK
A total of 18 boats started the race in 2018 of which 5 managed to finish. Jean – Luc Van Den Heede was the race winner investing 211d – 23hr- 12m 19s beating Sir Robin Knox-Johnston’s in 1968 by 100 days.

IN 2022, THE GOLDEN GLOBE RACE
IS BACK IN THE CALENDAR

ALEIX SELLES

Aleix discovered sailing and the love for the oceans at his very early age. The first day he got on a dinghy, a grain of salt got in him and affected his decisions from that moment.
At the age of 14 years old he discovered regattas and embrace them as a way of pushing himself and learning more about the wind and the sea. He raced in dinghies and keel yachts mostly inshore.
Aleix enjoyed offshore sailing for the first time at the age of 16 and slowly got into it. He logged most of his offshore miles in the last few years.

Aleix is going to non-stop solo sailing around the world with a Rustler 36, Onsoro the Bodhisattva.
With an overall length of 10.77 meters and a beam of 3.35 meters, she was designed by Holman & Pye in 1984.H

 

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ALEIX SELLES

Aleix discovered sailing and the love for the oceans at his very early age. The first day he got on a dinghy, a grain of salt got in him and affected his decisions from that moment.
At the age of 14 years old he discovered regattas and embrace them as a way of pushing himself and learning more about the wind and the sea. He raced in dinghies and keel yachts mostly inshore.
Aleix enjoyed offshore sailing for the first time at the age of 16 and slowly got into it. He logged most of his offshore miles in the last few years.

Aleix is going to non-stop solo sailing around the world with a Rustler 36, Onsoro the Bodhisattva.
With an overall length of 10.77 meters and a beam of 3.35 meters, she was designed by Holman & Pye in 1984.