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Golden Globe Race
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…
Irish Solo Sailor Pat Lawless is among the Golden Globe Race front-runners as they close towards their second video-drop off Capetown. See Live tracker below
Pat Lawless of Limerick, in his hefty Saltrams Saga 36 Green Rebel, has strengthened his placing at fourth in the Golden Globe Race 2022, having seen off the challenge of India's Abilash Tomy in his much-fancied Rustler 36. Simon Curwen,…
Ireland's Pat Lawless enjoys a dinner onboard Green Rebel in the Golden Globe Race
Ireland's Pat Lawless sailing Green Rebel in the Golden Globe Race is on his way to Cape Town, the last call before the Southern Ocean, battling High-Pressure Systems and barnacles. Cape Town is a traditional fixture in round-the-world sailing and the…
Kerry solo sailor Pat Lawless sailing 'Green Rebel', weathered a knee infection between the Canaries and the doldrums and now nurses a damaged rib and torn shoulder, while fighting in the lead group
Starting with a rough exit of the bay of Biscay, testing Golden Globe Race sailors and boats to the limit, with Damien Guillou's (FRA) PRB returning for repairs, Edward Walentynowicz (CAN) pulling the plug on his GGR campaign, Guy deBoer…
Pat Lawless (66) of Limerick - the central tenet of Lawless Sailing Lore seems to dictate that you should sail no further than you need to
Pat Lawless (66) of Limerick may still have 24,455 miles to sail before he becomes the first Irishman to sail non-stop solo round the world. But in the Golden Globe Race 2022, he has been getting remarkably competitive performances out…
Guy deBoer (USA) crashes into rocks at night on the north coast of Fuerteventura, Las Palmas in the Canaries, his yacht now stranded but he is safe. Salvage under investigation
It was South African Golden Globe Race entrant Kirsten Neuschäfer (SA) who relayed Guy deBoer’s VHF radio Mayday call to GGR Race Control on Friday morning at 03:10 am UTC. Guy’s Tashiba 36 had run aground on the North coast…
Ireland's Pat Lawless is suffering a knee infection, and running low on antibiotics, but going forward in the Golden Globe Race solo non-stop voyage round the world
Golden Globe Yacht Race competitor Pat Lawless from Ireland beat Indian Abhilash Tomy in their week-long fight for the third spot at the first film gate off Lanzarote, a race point that also revealed the County Kerry solo sailor is…
Pat Lawless passes Lanzarote in the Golden Globe Race
Ireland's solo sailor in the Golden Globe Race, Pat Lawless, passed Lanzarote at 1330 (1.30 p.m.) Irish time on Saturday afternoon. Green Rebel was sailing briskly, with two jibs and a full main, making a speed of 6.3 knots on…
Pat Lawless's rugged Saltram 36 Green Rebel has shown well in a wide
variety of offshore conditions
Pat Lawless (66) of Limerick and Ballyferriter has been having good racing in the early stages of the Golden Golden Globe Solo Non-Stop Low-Technology Round The World Challenge. His hefty Saltram 36 Green Rebel has proven well able for the…
Ireland’s Pat Lawless is amongst the 16 solo skippers who started the Golden Globe Race today
Thousands of people lined the harbour walls at Les Sables d’Olonne in France this afternoon to watch the start of the Golden Globe non-stop round-the-world race. Ireland’s Pat Lawless is amongst the 16 solo skippers who started, with up to…
Pat Lawless (centre) is now fully Golden Globe Race approved and is ready to race non-stop round the world and is pictured above with race officials including founder Don McIntyre (left)
Irish solo sailor Pat Lawless completed his 300-nautical miles celestial navigation voyage which he was forced to do by the Golden Globe Race organisers this week and is now ready for the start of the race this Sunday from Les…

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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