The Golden Globe Race

The start of the sister race, the Ocean Globe race cowes off the Royal Yacht Squadron on 10 September 2023

The start of the sister race, the ocean globe race cowes off the Royal Yacht Squadron on 10 September 2023.

The 2022 Golden Globe race is a nonstop solo helmed race with no electronics allowed, no modern technology, or based navigation. Sextants, compasses, charts, and dead reckoning are the basis for navigation.

The Golden Globe Race is very simple: Depart from Les Sables-d’Olonne, France on September 4th, 2022, and sail solo, non-stop around the world, via the five Great Capes and return to Les Sables-d’Olonne. All designed before 1988, a full-length keel with a rudder attached to their trailing edge. These yachts are heavily built, strong, and sturdy, similar in concept to Sir 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.
1968/9 Sunday Times Round the World Race. Suhaili was a slow, sturdy 32ft double-ended ketch based on a William Atkins ERIC design. She was heavily built of teak and carried no computers, GPS, satellite phone, or water-maker, and Robin completed the challenge with no outside assistance or 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 he was at one with the ocean, able to contemplate and absorb all that this epic voyage had to offer. Bringing back the Golden Globe Race and thus the ‘Golden Age’ of solo sailing is to celebrate the original event, the winner, his boat, and that significant world-first achievement. Once again competitors in this 2022 race will be sailing simple boats using basic equipment to guarantee a satisfying and personal experience.


The challenge is pure and very raw, placing adventure ahead of winning at all costs. It is for ‘those who dare’, just as it was for Sir Robin. They will be navigating with sextant on paper charts, without electronic instruments or autopilots. They will handwrite 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 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 250 days at sea in little boats, challenging themselves and each other. The 2022 Golden Globe Race will be another fitting tribute to the first edition. Don McIntyre, Race Founder and Chairman

I was first exposed to the inaugural 1982 BOC Challenge Around Alone Race during the Sydney stopover, working on Aries wind vanes used by competitors. I spent time with them all. We laughed together and I heard their stories. I met my boyhood champion, Robin Knox-Johnston, and was hooked. I decided to compete in the C Challenge was one of the highlights of my life. On reflection, I always considered myself lucky as, in my opinion, it was the last of the ‘adventure events’. Each future race became increasingly performance-orientated, sailed by elite sportsmen and women in ever more extreme yachts, focused on winning at all costs. Nothing wrong with that it was and still is incredibly exciting, but it was simply a lot more of an adventure in 1990. My dream to sail solo around the world was borne of inspiration gained while following the solo voyages of Francis Chichester, Robin Knox-Johnston, and Bernard Moitessier, and reading about Chay Blyth, Blondie Hasler, and others from the ‘Golden Age’ of solo sailing. That was an exciting period!

In 2008, I saw Sir Robin Knox-Johnston speaking on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of his record-setting 1968 non-stop circumnavigation.

Referring to the current space-age building materials, high-tech satellite systems, and computers supporting today’s solo sailors, he simply
said (by comparison to his expe­rience back then)‘This takes the spice out of it!’.Well, just like the 2018 edition, the 2022 Golden Globe Race very definitely puts the spice back into it and, by world standards, offers a great ocean race,


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