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Kirsten Neuschäfer mid-GGR2022 race at media stop in Hobart, Tasmania
Kirsten Neuschäfer, of Port Elizabeth, South Africa, is awarded the Blue Water Medal for 2023 in recognition of the tremendous effort, determination, and skill she exhibited during her 235-day solo circumnavigation in Minnehaha, a Cape George 36 sailboat. Out of…
Kirsten Neuschäfer won the third edition of the Golden Globe Race in June 2023 after 235 days at sea
A report commissioned by the organisers of the Golden Globe Race 2022/23 has found the event generated some €213 million in media value. The Meltwater 2022 GGR media analysis identified that the event’s official website had 4.4 million unique visits…
2022/3 Golden Globe Solo non-stop Round the World Yacht Race 24/06/2023 Les Sables d'Olonne, France. South African yachtswoman Kirsten Neuschäfer, winner of the 2022/3 Golden Globe Race, is greeted by the crowds when taking to the stage to collect her trophies
In the history of sailing, one event changed everything. The Golden Globe Race sits high in the mind of all sailors, and one man, Sir Robin Knox Johnston, winner of the first edition in 1968, has inspired tens of millions…
Olleanna, full speed towards les Sables d’Olonne, is keen to finish after nine months at sea!
After 23 days of continuous headwinds approaching Les Sables d’Olonne Jeremy Bagshaw (South Africa) in Chichester Class is on his final approach to the Golden Globe Race finish. His ETA is 1700 UTC on 1900 hours French time. Storms, barnacles,…
A hero’s welcome in the legendary channel of Les Sables d’Olonne for Abhilash Tomy’s second place in the Golden Globe Race 2022/3
Retired Navy commander, 43-year-old Abhilash Tomy, the renowned sailor and first Indian to complete a solo non-stop voyage around the world in 2013, made history on Saturday by securing an outstanding second-place finish in the gruelling 2022 Golden Globe Race.…
Kirsten Neuschäfer waves the flag of her Rainbow Nation homeland South Africa as she crossed the Golden Globe Race finish line in Ls Sables on Thursday night 27 April
Kirsten Neuschäfer has made history as the first woman — and first South African — to win a solo round-the-world sailing race with her victory in the 2022-23 Golden Globe Race on Thursday (27 April). She also took line honours…
Kirsten Neuschäfer - If she crosses the Golden Globe race line in first place, she would be the first woman to win a round the world race by the three great capes, including solo and fully crewed races, non-stop or with stops, and the first South African sailor to win a round-the-world event! She would join the famous Bertie Reed (ZAF) in the South African Hall of Fame and Isabelle Autissier (FRA), who in 1994 famously led the BOC  Challenge after her win in the first leg before dismasting in December in the Pacific, 920 miles SE from Adelaide.  She would also join Sir Robin Knox Johnston (GBR) and Jean-Luc Van Den Heede (FRA), the winner of the Golden Globe Race
The trio of Simon, Kirsten and Abhilash are close now, sailing within 170 miles of each other as they approach the Bay of Biscay and the final run toward Les Sables d’Olonne in the Golden Globe Race. But the race…
Abhilash Tomy and Kirsten Neuschäfer trading places one week from the finish after 229 days and 29000 miles
229 days from the start with just one week till the finish of the Golden Globe Race in Les Sables d’Olonne with 29,000 miles under the keel, Abhilash Tomy (IND) BAYANAT and Kirsten Neuschäfer (ZAF) are now separated by only…
At 19:30, Golden Globe Race HQ was informed by the SAR Puerto Belgrano that Ian Herbert Jones was on the ZI DA WANG fishing vessel, bruised, cut, scraped, and still suffering from his back injury, but safe!
Golden Globe Race competitor Ian Herbert Jones has been transferred from his yacht from S/V Puffin to F/V ZI DA WANG successfully in 25-knot winds and four-metre seas. The rescued solo sailor is now bound for Cape Town on the…
Ian Herbert Jones experienced a tough night in the Golden Globe Race. He was unable to cut the mast free because of storm conditions and is taking painkillers for his injured back. Water ingress into the hull stopped.
While the Golden Globe Race (GGR) Crisis Management Team ( CMT) kept Ian Herbert Jones informed of the developments in his rescue throughout the night, they were not receiving responses or updates. He was, however, manually activating the "acknowledgement" button…
Golden Globe Race competitor Ian Herbert Jones has been rolled over, dismasted and has injured his back and gashed his  head in a severe storm
Rolled over, dismasted, injured back, gashed head and water in the boat that's the latest from Golden Globe Race competitor Ian Herbert Jones, who messaged GGR Race Control in a storm gusting over 80 knots with confused seas. Jones is…
Kirsten Neuschafer has saved her leadership out of sheer determination in the face of overwhelming odds, and now has fresh winds filling Minnehaha’s sails Can she hold on in the closing stage of the Golden Globe Race?
In the northern hemisphere, it’s been tense for Golden Globe Race leader Kirsten Neuschafer (ZAF), in less wind than her runner-up for longer. Every time it looks like she’s losing the lead, she finds the resources to grab some miles…
Kirsten Neuschäfer leads the Golden Globe Race and is first in the doldrums; it’s warm and dry, but lacking wind for her taste
Only three sailors are racing for the finish in the solo round-the-world Golden Globe Race, and it’s getting really close! Who will be the first to cross the finish line in Les Sables d’Olonne? Who will win this incredibly disputed…
Ian Herbert-Jones approaches Cape Horn in extreme conditions with a broken windvane, after days of ‘biblical’ conditions
Way before the start of the Golden Globe Race in Les Sables d’Olonne, the last stretch to Cape Horn was always a concern for Ian Herbert-Jones (GBR). It became more of a worry for him in the South Atlantic when…
Kirsten Neuschäfer's following in the Golden Globe Race has increased dramatically over the past months, with many impressed by this sailors sailor, who just happens to be a woman. Well-known Canadian singer-songwriter Lennie Gallant has penned a tribute song to Kirsten titled “On the Minnehaha”, and it is going crazy! See vid below
Racing yachts around the world use computerised weather routing programmes to optimise courses against satellite weather data. Both are banned in the Golden Globe Race, but the current leader and only woman in the race, South African Kirsten Neuschäfer, found…
Kerry solo sailor Pat Lawless on board Saga
Kerry solo sailor Pat Lawless has decided not to enter this year’s Global Solo Challenge Race, which he had intended to do. After withdrawing from the Golden Globe Race at Cape Town due to self-steering failure, he announced that he…

About the Golden Globe Race

The Golden Globe Race is the original round the world yacht race. In 1968, while man was preparing to take his first steps on the moon, a mild mannered and modest young man was setting out on his own record breaking voyage of discovery. Off shore yacht racing changed forever with adventurers and sailors, inspired by Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, following in his pioneering wake. Nine men started the first solo non-stop sailing race around the World. Only one finished. History was made. Navigating with a sextant, paper charts and an accurate and reliable time piece, Sir Robin navigated around the world. In 2018, to celebrate 50 years since that first record breaking achievement, the Golden Globe Race was resurrected. It instantly caught the attention of the worlds media as well as adventures, captivated by the spirit and opportunity. The original race is back.

The Golden Globe Race: Stepping back to the golden age of solo sailing

Like the original Sunday Times event back in 1968/9, the 2018 Golden Globe Race was very simple. Depart Les Sables d'Olonne, France on July 1st 2018 and sail solo, non-stop around the world, via the five Great Capes and return to Les Sables d'Olonne. Entrants are limited to use the same type of yachts and equipment that were available to Robin Knox-Johnston 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.

In contrast to the current professional world of elite ocean racing, this edition travels back to a time known as the 'Golden Age' of solo sailing. Suhaili was a slow and steady 32ft double-ended ketch based on a William Atkins ERIC design. She is heavily built of teak and carried no computers, GPS, satellite phone nor water-maker, and Robin completed the challenge without the aid of modern-day shore-based weather routing advice. He had only a wind-up chronometer and a barograph to face the world alone, and caught rainwater to survive, but was at one with the ocean, able to contemplate and absorb all that this epic voyage had to offer.

This anniversary edition of the Golden Globe Race is a celebration of the original event, the winner, his boat and that significant world-first achievement. Competitors in this race will be sailing simple boats using basic equipment to guarantee a satisfying and personal experience. The challenge is pure and very raw, placing the adventure ahead of winning at all costs. It is for 'those who dare', just as it was for Knox-Johnston.

They will be navigating with sextant on paper charts, without electronic instruments or autopilots. They will hand-write their logs and determine the weather for themselves.

Only occasionally will they talk to loved ones and the outside world when long-range high frequency and ham radios allow.

It is now possible to race a monohull solo around the world in under 80 days, but sailors entered in this race will spend around 300 days at sea, challenging themselves and each other. The 2018 Golden Globe Race was a fitting tribute to the first edition and it's winner, Sir Robin Knox-Johnston.

Background on Don McIntyre (61) Race Founder

Don is an inveterate sailor and recognised as one of Australia s greatest explorers. Passionate about all forms of adventure and inspiring others, his desire is to recreate the Golden Age of solo sailing. Don finished 2nd in class in the 1990-91 BOC Challenge solo around the world yacht race. In 2010, he led the 4-man Talisker Bounty Boat challenge to re-enact the Mutiny on the Bounty voyage from Tonga to West Timor, in a simil