2018 Golden Globe Race

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2018 Golden Globe Race
Logo of the 2018 Golden Globe Race.png
VenueLes Sables-d'Olonne
Dates1 July 2018 – Summer 2019
Yachts'Retro' fibreglass 32-36ft
← 1968

The 2018 Golden Globe Race is a sailing race around the world which started on 1 July 2018 from Les Sables-d'Olonne, France. The race started fifty years after the Sunday Times Golden Globe Race and features yachts similar to those used at that time, with no modern technology allowed.[1][2]

Retro sailing[edit]

Entrants are limited to sailing similar yachts and equipment to what was available to Sir Robin Knox-Johnston in the original race in 1968–69. That means sailing without modern technology or benefit of satellite based navigation aids.[1] Competitors could apply to have their class of boat approved, providing it was in accordance with the following rules:[3]

  • Of fibre reinforced plastic construction.
  • Designed prior to 1988 and have a minimum series of 20 yachts built from one mould.
  • Have a hull length of between 32 ft and 36 ft. Bowsprits, wind vanes and outboard rudders, boomkins, pushpits and pulpits are not measured.
  • Have full-length keels with rudders attached to the trailing edge.
  • A minimum design displacement of 6,200 kg.

Twenty-two classes were approved, with one exception to the rules made for a wood-epoxy Suhaili replica.[4]


The route of the Golden Globe Race

The race started on 1 July 2018 in Les Sables-d'Olonne and will lead around the world eastward, leaving Cape of Good Hope, Cape Leeuwin and Cape Horn to port. There will be several "film gates" along the route, where the skippers can be interviewed as they sail past without stopping and where they can pass over films and letters.[5]


There are 18 entrants from 13 different countries who entered the race. Of those, six have chosen the class-compliant but relatively modern Rustler 36. A further 17 had expressed interest but subsequently retired.[6]

Sailor Yacht Type
India Abhilash Tomy Thuriya Suhaili replica
France Antoine Cousot Métier Intérim Biscay 36
Norway Are Wiig Olleanna OE 32
United Kingdom Ertan Beskardes Lazy Otter Rustler 36
Italy Francesco Cappelletti 007 Endurance 35
Republic of Ireland Gregor McGuckin Hanley Energy Endurance Biscay 36
Russia Igor Zaretskiy Esmeralda Endurance 35
United States Istvan Kopar Puffin Tradewind 35
France Jean-Luc Van Den Heede Matmut Rustler 36
Australia Kevin Farebrother Sagarmatha Tradewind 35
France Loïc Lepage Laaland Nicholson 32
Australia Mark John Sinclair Coconut Lello 34
Netherlands Mark Slats Ohpen Maverick Rustler 36
State of Palestine Nabil Amra Liberty II Biscay 36
France Philippe Péché PRB Rustler 36
United Kingdom Susie Goodall DHL Starlight Rustler 36
Finland Tapio Lehtinen Asteria Benello Gaia 36
Estonia Uku Randmaa One and All Rustler 36
Type Entrants Hull speed (Gerr)* Sail area/displacement ratio
Rustler 36 6 6.7 13.4
Biscay 36 3 6.9 14.6
Tradewind 35 2 5.8 12.3
Endurance 35 2 6.4 16.8
Benello Gaia 36 1 6.4 14.0
Lello 34 1 7.5 13.4
Nicholson 32 1 6.1 14.3
OE32 1 7.4 13.8
Suhaili replica 1 6.6 14.7

* Adjusted for displacement per Dave Gerr's formula

The race[edit]

The race started as planned at 10:00 GMT on 1 July 2018, with the competitors passing a rolling gate between Robin Knox-Johnston's Suhaili and Bernard Moitessier's Joshua, two veterans of the 1968 race, with Sir Robin firing the starting cannon on Suhaili. Francis Chichester's Gipsy Moth IV was also in the starting regatta.

Of the 18 entrants, only Francesco Cappelletti failed to make the start line, and officially withdrew on 5 July. He plans to sail around the world independently, but still being tracked by the organisers of the GGR.[7] Ertan Beskardes retired on 5 July, after deciding that being unable to communicate with his family removed the enjoyment from the race. Kevin Farebrother retired on 15 July at the Canary Islands mark, after becoming 'disillusioned by solo sailing and lack of sleep'. Also at the Canaries, Antoine Cousot had to stop to repair his windvane gear, demoting him to the 'Chichester' class. Nabil Amra retired to the Canaries on 17 July, also due to broken windvane gear. Istvan Kopar put in to the Cape Verde islands on 23 July, planning to replace his windvane, but in the event proceeded without assistance.

Antoine Cousot retired at the end of August due to a broken windvane and injuries. Philippe Péché was relegated to the Chichester class on 11 August after making a satellite phone call following the failure of his tiller.

Are Wiig was dismasted on 17 August, 400 nm off Cape Town.[8]

Abhilash Tomy was dismasted and injured on 22 September.[9] Gregor McGuckin elected to abandon his boat to be rescued with Abhilash after also being dismasted.

On 5 December 2018, Susie Goodall's boat was flipped end-over-end, dismasted, and swamped during a storm while in the Southern Ocean around 2,000 nautical miles (3,700 km; 2,300 mi) west of Cape Horn. She was rescued by the 40,000-gross register ton, 119-metre (390 ft), Hong Kong-registered cargo ship Tian Fu on 7 December 2018.[10][11][12]

Sailor Cape of Good Hope Storm Bay Tasmania gate Cape Horn Finish
France Jean-Luc Van Den Heede 23 August 5 October 23 November
Netherlands Mark Slats 27 August 21 October 2 December
Estonia Uku Randmaa 31 August 27 October
United States Istvan Kopar 9 September 4 November
Finland Tapio Lehtinen 9 September 7 November
'Chichester' class (one stop)
Sailor Cape of Good Hope Storm Bay Tasmania gate Cape Horn Finish
Russia Igor Zaretskiy 13 September
Retired (in order of retirement)
Italy Francesco Cappelletti Did not start, officially retired 5/7/18
United Kingdom Ertan Beskardes Retired on 5/7/2018 due to inability to communicate with his family. Put in to A Coruña.
Australia Kevin Farebrother Retired on 15/7/2018, 'disillusioned by solo sailing and lack of sleep'
State of Palestine Nabil Amra Retired on 17/7/2018 due to broken windvane, put in to Tenerife
France Antoine Cousot Retired on 24/8/2018 due to broken windvane and injuries
France Philippe Péché Retired on 25/8/2018 due to broken windvane, put in to Cape Town
Norway Are Wiig Retired on 27/8/2018 after capsizing and dismasting while repairing his windvane
India Abhilash Tomy Retired on 24/9/2018 after dismasting near Île Amsterdam
Republic of Ireland Gregor McGuckin Retired on 24/9/2018 after dismasting near Île Amsterdam
France Loïc Lepage Retired on 21/10/2018 after dismasting 600 miles south-west of Perth (was already in 'Chichester' class)
United Kingdom Susie Goodall Retired on 5/12/2018 after dismasting 2000 miles west of the southern tip of South America
Australia Mark John Sinclair Retired on 12/12/2018, put in to Adelaide on 5/12 for haulout, due to severe barnacle/mussel growth, but concerned he would reach Cape Horn too late in the season.

External links[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Stepping back to the Golden Age of solo sailing". goldengloberace.com. Retrieved 2017-11-17.
  2. ^ "Golden Globe 2018 Race round the world is set to recreate a 'totally retro' era of epic adventure". yachtingworld.com. 2015-04-22.
  3. ^ "The Rules". Golden Globe Race. Retrieved 6 February 2018.
  4. ^ "Golden Globe Race 2018-19 Notice of race" (PDF). Golden Globe Race. Retrieved 6 February 2018.
  5. ^ "Route and Course map". goldengloberace.com. Retrieved 2017-11-17.
  6. ^ "Skippers 2018". goldengloberace.com. Retrieved 2017-11-17.
  7. ^ "Francesco Cappelletti withdraws from the Race". Retrieved 5 July 2018.
  8. ^ "Are Wiig, dismasted 400 miles SW of Cape Town". Golden Globe Race. Retrieved 28 August 2018.
  9. ^ "Golden Globe Race 2018: Rescue operations for injured Commander Tomy underway, Indian Navy sends INS Satpura". Retrieved 2018-09-22.
  10. ^ "Susie Goodall: Golden Globe Race sailor rescued by 40,000-tonne cargo ship". BBC Sport. 7 December 2018.
  11. ^ Stanley-Becker, Isaac, "Lone female sailor in round-the-world ‘Voyage for Madmen’ is stranded in the Southern Ocean," washingtonpost.com, December 6, 2018 Retrieved December 9, 2018
  12. ^ Bonesteel, Matt, "‘ON THE SHIP!!!’: Solo round-the-world sailor rescued in the Southern Ocean," washingtonpost.com, December 7, 2018, 12:14 p.m. EST Retrieved December 9, 2018