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 – Mai 2019
Yachts'Retro' fibreglass 32-36ft
1st, gold medalist(s) GoldJean-Luc Van Den Heede
2nd, silver medalist(s) SilverMark Slats
3rd, bronze medalist(s) BronzeUku Randmaa
← 1968

The 2018 Golden Globe Race was an around-the-world sailing race which started on 1 July 2018 from Les Sables-d'Olonne, France. The 2018 competition was the second edition and celebrated the 50th anniversary of the original Sunday Times Golden Globe Race. It featured yachts similar to those used at that time. Except for safety equipment,[1] no modern technology was allowed.[2][3]

Retro sailing[edit]

Entrants are limited to sailing similar yachts and equipment to what was available to Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, the winner of the original race in 1968–69. That means sailing without the use of modern technology such as satellite based navigation aids.[2] Safety equipment such as EPIRBs and AIS are carried, however the competitors are only allowed to use the technology in an emergency.[1]

Competitors could apply to have their class of boat approved, providing it was in accordance with the following rules:[1]

  • 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 to 36 feet (9.8 to 11.0 m). 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 kilograms (13,700 lb)

Twenty-two classes were approved, with one exception to the rules made for a wood-epoxy Suhaili replica (the Suhaili being the yacht that Knox-Johnston sailed in 1968).[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]


18 entrants from 13 different countries who entered the race. Of those, six chose the class-compliant but relatively modern Rustler 36. A further 17 had expressed interest but never started.[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 Finished Hull speed (Gerr)* Sail area/displacement ratio
Rustler 36 6 3 6.7 13.4
Biscay 36 3 0 6.9 14.6
Tradewind 35 2 1 5.8 12.3
Endurance 35 2 0 6.4 16.8
Benello Gaia 36 1 1 6.4 14.0
Lello 34 1 0 7.5 13.4
Nicholson 32 1 0 6.1 14.3
OE32 1 0 7.4 13.8
Suhaili replica 1 0 6.6 14.7

* Adjusted for displacement per Dave Gerr's formula

The race[edit]

The race started at 10:00 GMT on 1 July 2018, with the competitors passing a rolling gate between the Suhaili and the Joshua, two yachts that competed in the 1968 race. Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, who sailed on the Suhaili and won that race, fired the starting cannon.

Of the 18 entrants, Francesco Cappelletti did not start the race and officially withdrew on 5 July. He plans to sail around the world independently and the race organisers are tracking his progress.[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. Two days later, Nabil Amra retired at the same area on 17 July due to broken windvane gear. Antoine Cousot stopped at the Canary islands[when?] to repair his windvane gear, demoting him to the 'Chichester' class (one stop). 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 made one stop ('Chichester' class) on 11 August following the failure of his tiller, but retired from the race two weeks later on 25 August.

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

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

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 cargo ship Tian Fu on 7 December.[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 29 January
Netherlands Mark Slats 27 August 21 October 2 December 31 January
Estonia Uku Randmaa 31 August 27 October 19 December 10 March
United States Istvan Kopar 9 September 4 November 1 January 21 March
Finland Tapio Lehtinen 9 September 7 November 6 February 19 May
'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 July 2018
United Kingdom Ertan Beskardes Retired on 5 July 2018 due to inability to communicate with his family. Put in to A Coruña.
Australia Kevin Farebrother Retired on 15 July 2018, 'disillusioned by solo sailing and lack of sleep'
State of Palestine Nabil Amra Retired on 17 July 2018 due to broken windvane, put in to Tenerife
France Antoine Cousot Retired on 24 August 2018 due to broken windvane and injuries
France Philippe Péché Retired on 25 August 2018 due to broken windvane, put in to Cape Town
Norway Are Wiig Retired on 27 August 2018 after capsizing and dismasting while repairing his windvane
India Abhilash Tomy Retired on 24 September 2018 after dismasting near Île Amsterdam
Republic of Ireland Gregor McGuckin Retired on 24 September 2018 after dismasting near Île Amsterdam
France Loïc Lepage Retired on 21 October 2018 after dismasting 600 miles south-west of Perth (was already in 'Chichester' class)
United Kingdom Susie Goodall Retired on 5 December 2018 after dismasting 2000 miles west of the southern tip of South America
Australia Mark John Sinclair Retired on 12 December 2018, put in to Adelaide on 5 December for haulout due to severe barnacle/mussel growth, but concerned he would reach Cape Horn too late in the season.

Golden Globe Race 2022[edit]

The 2022 edition of the Golden Globe Race will have 20 entrants in the Suhaili class and 10 entries in the Joshua Class. The events start in a UK port on July 26th 2022 when GGR entrants assemble ahead of a SITraN Challenge Race bound for a port in France, starting on Sunday 31st July 2022. The GGR Race Village will open in France on August 6th 2022. The Golden Globe Race will start from a port in France on Sunday 21st August 2022. This date commemorates the anniversary of Bernard Moitessier setting off in the original Sunday Times Golden Globe on August 22nd 1968.[13]

The 2022 race has attracted 20 entrants from 10 countries. There are 7 British, 3 Australian, 2 France, 2 American, 1 Austria, 1 Canada, 1 Irish, 1 Italy, 1 New Zealand and 1 Norway.

Sailor Yacht Type
FranceArnaud Gaist Barbican 33 MKII (Long Keel Version)
United StatesDoug Dean Jones One and All Rustler 36
United KingdomErtan Beskardes Lazy Otter Rustler 36
CanadaIndiaGaurav Shinde
ItalyGuido Cantini Vancouver 34
United StatesGuy deBoer
United KingdomGuy Waites
United KingdomIan Herbert Jones Puffin Tradewind 35
United KingdomJohn Clarke Nicholson 32 MKX
AustraliaMatthew Wright
AustraliaMichael Date Aries 32
AustriaMichael Guggenberger Endurance 35
Republic of IrelandPat Lawless Fulmar Saga 36
United KingdomRobin Davie Rustler 36
United KingdomSimon Curwen Biscay 36
Finland Tapio Lehtinen [14]

*Rest of the entrants are confidential[15]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "The Rules". Golden Globe Race. Retrieved 6 February 2018.
  2. ^ a b "Stepping back to the Golden Age of solo sailing". goldengloberace.com. Retrieved 2017-11-17.
  3. ^ "Golden Globe 2018 Race round the world is set to recreate a 'totally retro' era of epic adventure". yachtingworld.com. 2015-04-22.
  4. ^ "Golden Globe Race 2018-19 Notice of race" (PDF). Golden Globe Race. Archived from the original (PDF) on 7 February 2018. 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
  13. ^ "GGR 2022". Golden Globe Race. Retrieved 2019-06-22.
  14. ^ Pusa, Ari (2019-07-16). "Lehtinen palaa taas merille" [‘Lehtinen to return to the seas’]. Helsingin Sanomat (in Finnish). Helsinki: Sanoma. p. A 30. Retrieved 2019-07-17.
  15. ^ "Entrants for 2022-23 Golden Globe Race >> Scuttlebutt Sailing News". Scuttlebutt Sailing News. 2019-04-22. Retrieved 2019-06-22.