The 2018 Golden Globe Race

QBF

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The 2018 Golden Globe Race starts on July 1st in Les Slables D'Olonne. The race is expected to take up to nine-months for the winner to cross the finish line.

The number of entrants for the Race is limited to 30. The 19 provisionally registered and paid-up entrants have a remarkable range of backgrounds and sailing experience. Professional sailors and adventurers dominate but they also include an engineer, foreign exchange trader, hydrographer, pilot, tailor and university lecturer.

All have considerable short – and single-handed sailing experience, one having logged five solo circumnavigations. 19 sailors from 13 countries: France (4), Britain (3), Australia (2), and one each from Estonia, Finland, Ireland, India, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Palestine, Russia and USA.

Their average age is 47. The youngest is 28; the oldest, 72. More are looking to announce their entries before the start from Les Sables d’Olonne on July 1, 2018, but they and their boats must first meet the strict entry conditions, which include 8,000 sailing miles and 2,000 miles solo.

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SKIPPERS
http://goldengloberace.com/skippers-provisional

Note: All skippers are listed as provisional until the race starts.

LIVE TRACKER
goldengloberace.com/livetracker

Website
http://goldengloberace.com

Facebook
https://www.facebook.com/goldengloberace

Twitter
https://twitter.com/ggr2018official

YouTube
https://www.youtube.com/goldengloberace

SoundCloud
https://soundcloud.com/goldengloberace

Instagram
https://www.instagram.com/goldengloberace

And with a nod to safety and to Donald Crowhurst: SATELLITE TRACKING




 
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QBF

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This is "Old School Racing!"

Under the rules, water-markers are not allowed, nor are electronic devises such as iPads, etc. Printed books and magazines are allowed, but no movies, ebooks, etc

Sailors must also collect their own water, so if using freeze dried food, they need to calculate how much water they can possibly collect from rain showers or they could run out.

Here are some of two sailors food shopping for the race.

Canned Food (no water needed)

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Note: One commenter on Twitter or Facebook asked: Where's the SPAM?
 

Ready to Eat Meals from India, for Indian entry

Love it. Loathe it. But you can’t ignore ready to eat meals from India

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Miffy

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TBH the more I learn about this event the more I wonder what's the logic behind much of the "class rules. How's the Rustler & Biscay 36s considered appropriate? If someone showed up with a RM plywood/epoxy boat that uses manufacturing techniques from the 1950s they wouldn't let them do the event. 

The sailors are awesome - not sure about the organizers.

 

Sea Breeze 74

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I've been waiting for a GG thread to start. It seems to have mostly flown under the media radar despite a high profile launch for The Mercy earlier this year.

Every time I explain "the rules" to sailors and non-sailors alike they all think it sounds plain nuts. Personally I'm looking forward to watching the madness unfold ... or is there still time to drag my old man's Hartley 16 out from the back shed and pop down to Countdown for some tinned beans?

 
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Sailbydate

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I've been waiting for a GG thread to start. It seems to have mostly flown under the media radar despite a high profile launch for The Mercy earlier this year.

Every time I explain "the rules" to sailors and non-sailors alike they all think it sounds plain nuts. Personally I'm looking forward to watching the madness unfold ... or is there still time to drag my old man's Hartley 16 out from the back shed and pop down to Countdown for some tinned beans?
I think your old man's Hartley 16 might be a bit cramped (although probably robust enough) and tinned beans were never palatable, SB.  ;)

 

stief

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Had to laugh at the dismay on the unsigned FP post

is it just us?

If a fleet of Le Mans Prototypes and a fleet of jalopies showed up to race at Le Mans, which group would you watch?  No brainer. But what if said fleet of jalopies said, “fuck you, we’re gonna race anyway”, would you give a fuck? And after days and weeks and months of the 4ksb’s getting widely separated, tons of mishaps, etc., all while still going 4 knots, tell me you wouldn’t resort to reading scuttfuck instead of tracking the jalopies?

So while we appreciate the effort and dedication of all involved, and hope somehow we are proven wrong, we’d say the odds are stacked against them in this one. Let’s just hope nobody dies…

Race starts this Wednesday. We would link to their site but it won’t load. Here’s FB. Photo thanks to Mark Sinclair.
The FB link goes to a fan page. 2nd comment from a year ago, from the organizer of the GGR  . .. 

Don McIntyre THIS page is NOT the official FB Page for the Race which is now GOLDEN GLOBE RACE...this is just a fan page..
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Personally I think this will be interesting to follow. It's not about the jalopies, but the riders, and sounds like there will be some worthy of respect.

19 entrants, according to the http://goldengloberace.com site.

btw, the SA thread about the race has been going for a few years http://forums.sailinganarchy.com/index.php?/topic/169690-best-boat-for-the-golden-globe-2018-what-36ft-pre-1988-design-would-y/&

 

Sea Breeze 74

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So it has. I'm a pretty lazy anarchist and never scroll much more than about 10 threads down so have missed it before now  :D

While I'm looking forward to following progress, I'm not sure how race management are going to keep us enthralled. As they're using film cameras and super 8 movies, we'll only get audio visual teasers every few months when a successful film drop is made. A bit different that the VOR with live drone images from the southern ocean!

 

stief

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So it has. I'm a pretty lazy anarchist and never scroll much more than about 10 threads down so have missed it before now  :D

While I'm looking forward to following progress, I'm not sure how race management are going to keep us enthralled. As they're using film cameras and super 8 movies, we'll only get audio visual teasers every few months when a successful film drop is made. A bit different that the VOR with live drone images from the southern ocean!
Haha. If a simple port starboard incident can generate 400 posts, imagine the speculation one or two GGR rumours will give. 

(most anarchists would rather not check before posting, so perfectly acceptable to many. Anyway, the GGR thread isn't in the Ocean forum, and the search function doesn't seem to work on archived posts, so was surprised when Jack didn't point out the thread).

 

Foiling Optimist

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This is gonna be Hot Rod meets VOR + the entire America's cup forum x 10. It will essentially be what would happen if the regular VOR thread posters had to spend the winter in an Antarctic base together. Despite their better judgement, people will get really into it and in the absence of any meaningful news, just 4ksbs making desperately slow tracker progress across a vast and empty ocean, general flame wars, unprecedented thread drift and anti-Randumb malarkey will rage for nine solid months.  All competent sailing and sailors, all that is impressive and elegant, from Francis Gabart and Leo from Tally Ho to Burling, Tuke and Martin Grael, will be forgotten in a desperate battle for sanity and survival. May God have mercy on our souls. And the race will be challenging too so I wish the racers all the best on their exciting adventure. 

Edit: Am important milestone will be reached if the thread drifts so far that we get on to the topic of foiling to the point where everyone gets in a big argument with Doug Lord.

 
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Left Shift

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I understand that they tried to get Thor Heyerdahl to enter Kon Tiki as the scratch boat for the Pacific leg, but unfortunately he was otherwise occupied.

 

Foiling Optimist

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Save that thought Left Shift, in a couple of months this thread is going to have to take a deep dive into Heyerdahl and whether we need to reexamine his sailing, anthropology and whether his ability to get laid a lot just annoyed other academics. 

 

LeoV

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Its just a trip to memory lane which reminds me how racing and communication has changed.
I will follow it very close, like once a month.

I see it as a challenge, not a race. The same interest I have in the Jester Challenges.
https://jesterchallenge.wordpress.com/2018/02/16/latest-rhode-island-jc-skippers-list/

Strange, no GGR competitor (IIRC) has done a Jester, while you would think its the same target group.

Questions why I will follow:
Could the English girl sets the slowest around the world for a woman solo ?
What will be the drop out rate, as much as modern races like the Vendee.
 

 
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