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Golden Globe Race
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…
Kirsten Neuschäfer leading the Golden Globe Race 2022 -
It's been an eventful month of February for Kirsten Neuschafer (ZAF), finally rounding Cape Horn at 2020 UTC 15th Feb in the Golden Globe Race. She moved to first place after 150 days of racing and had to face two…
Abhilash Tomy (IND) gearing up for the storm
With 20,000 miles and five months at sea — 70% of their voyage complete — the leading yachts in the Golden Globe Race are starting to show little signs of fatigue requiring constant maintenance, just as they are undertaking the…
Pat Lawless - This time he will enter the Global Solo Challenge Race
Undaunted after being forced out of the Golden Globe Race at Cape Town in November, Pat Lawless is going to try again to sail solo, non-stop around the world. This time he will enter the Global Solo Challenge Race, with…
South African Kirsten Neuschäfer (39)onboard her Cape George 36, ” MINNEHAHA”
149 days ago, on Sept 4th 2022, 15 men and one woman set out from Les Sables d’Olonne. Their dreams and aspirations were to circumnavigate solo in the extreme Golden Globe Race. In 1968, nine set out on the first…
Solo sailor Simon Curwen, sailing the Biscay 36 Clara has reported a major Windvane failure before Cape Horn in the Golden Globe Race
At 1815 UTC on 27th January, 1200 miles Northwest of Cape Horn, Simon Curwen contacted Golden Globe Race control to advise of the total failure of his Hydrovane steering gear in the solo non-stop race round the world. He had weathered…
Kirsten Neuschäfer (39) / South Africa onboard her Cape George 36  -
The front of the fleet in the Golden Globe Race has some exciting racing with three different designs, three top solo sailors all now in the same weather system and all hungry to be first. The leading trio have now sailed…
Elliott Smith ( USA) at a mooring buoy in False Bay, Simon’s Town fixing his bowsprit after it broke for the first time
After more than a hundred days at sea, only six of the original 16 Golden Globe Race entrants who departed Les Sables d’Olonne in France are likely to pass through the Hobart gate, which shuts on January 31st. First, the…
Arnaud Gaist (FRA) has been plagued by rigging issues over the past few weeks and now, on top, also with barnacles, He has given up! Picture credit: Aïda Valceanu/ GGR2022
The Golden Globe Race fleet is stretched 5000 miles across the Southern Ocean and is not short of stories. Just nine sailors are still bound for Les Sables d’Olonne in France and they are not even halfway! The weather, as…
Safe and sound - GGR2022 entrant Tapio Lehtinen (FIN) has been rescued by Kirsten Neuschäfer (ZAF) in the Southern Indian Ocean
There was a successful rescue operation for Golden Globe Race competitor Tapio Lehtinen in the Southern Indian Ocean on Saturday. GGR entrant Kirsten Neuschäfer (ZAF) was first to reach Tapio’s position on Saturday at 0510 UTC. The South African sailor…
Tapio Lehtinen is sailing in the 2022 Golden Globe Race, a solo, non stop adventure, around the world. He departed from Les Sables d’Olonne France on Sept. 4th this year and after passing through the Cape Town film gate, was heading toward Australia in the Southern Ocean.
Today at 0654 UTC, Golden Globe Race competitor Tapio Lehtinen activated Asteria’s EPIRB, 460 nautical miles SE from Port Elizabeth, in South Africa, while sailing in the solo non-stop round the world race. The GGR Crisis management team in Les Sables…
Pat Lawless:
Two front runners of the Golden Globe Race have retired into Cape Town with wind vane failures this week. One of them is  County Kerry's Pat Lawless on Green Rebel, who retired on November 10th after the failure of a…
Pat Lawless (IRL) does not have the spares for his Aries wind vane broken bearing and has been forced to retire from the Golden Globe Race. Lawless showed tremendous courage and seamanship in the Atlantic, always sailing in the front of the fleet, while addressing various injuries at sea, but his ultimate goal was to be the first Irishman to sail solo, unassisted, non-stop around the world. He explained to Race Control that he will retire from the race in Cape Town, should he not be able to continue unassisted towards his goal
Ireland’s solo sailor Pat Lawless has retired from the Golden Globe round the world race. This follows the problems with his self-steering Aries system which developed on his Saga 36 Green Rebel on Sunday night. He confirmed a bearing problem…
Pat Lawless aboard Green Rebel showing the wind vane Aries pendulum self-steering equipment directly above the tiller
Pat Lawless's Golden Globe Race ambition to be the first Irish sailor to sail non-stop unassisted round the world hangs in the balance off Capetown, South Africa, as the County Kerry sailor deals with gear failure on his yacht Green Rebel.…
A file photo of Pat Lawless in his round-the-world yacht Green Rebel. The solo Irish sailor has reported self steering problems in the Golden Globe Race
Ireland’s Pat Lawless is reported to be having problems with the self-steering system on his 36-foot Green Rebel. Two messages received at Golden Globe Race headquarters indicated the difficulties encountered on the way to Cape Town, the next point for…

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

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