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News related to the 2018 Golden Globe Race and its entrants’ preparation.

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Susie Goodall secures DHL as primary sponsor for 2018 Golden Globe Race entry

June 2, 2017

Susie Goodall secures DHL as primary sponsor for 2018 Golden Globe Race entry

Latest official Golden Globe Race update from the GGR organizers…

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Freeman sets sail from Melbourne bound for start of Golden Globe Race

December 12, 2016

Freeman sets sail from Melbourne bound for start of Golden Globe Race

Lone Australian yachtsman Shane Freeman set out from Port Phillip Bay, Melbourne today bound for Cape Horn on a 14,500 mile voyage to England in order to compete in the 2018 Golden Globe Race.

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Paris, Plymouth, and the Race Village

December 12, 2016

Paris, Plymouth, and the Race Village

Latest update on the GGR, featuring the Paris press conference, the host port decision, and GGR Race Village plans

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Press Release for 2018 GGR Presentation at Paris Boat Show

December 6, 2016

Press Release for 2018 GGR Presentation at Paris Boat Show

Details of the GGR’s press conference in Paris, attended by Istvan Kopar and many other entrants, as well as Sir Robin Knox Johnston, Don McIntyre, and others.

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French Passion: Lasting impressions from the Vendee Globe Village

November 22, 2016

French Passion: Lasting impressions from the Vendee Globe Village

2018 GGR Founder Don McIntyre details his reflections on time spent at the Vendee Globe Race Village

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Solo Circumnavigator Istvan Kopar Faces the Golden Globe Race 2018 with Alexseal Yacht Coatings

November 8, 2016

Solo Circumnavigator Istvan Kopar Faces the Golden Globe Race 2018 with Alexseal Yacht Coatings

Alexseal Yacht Coatings is proud to sponsor Istvan Kopar and his efforts to restore Puffin to race-ready conditions in time for the Golden Globe 2018 race. Istvan, with help from a few friends, has put in hundreds of hours thus far in the restoration process…

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Boatyard reunited with lost moulds after 26 years

November 1, 2016

Boatyard reunited with lost moulds after 26 years

The Falmouth Boat Company is hoping that the 2018 Golden Globe Race, which will see 30 competitors attempt a 27,000 mile non-stop circumnavigation in pre-1988-design boats, will spark a renewed interest in the Biscay 36 class ketch.

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Gearing up for Golden Globe

October 6, 2016

Gearing up for Golden Globe

Two competitors in the 2018 Golden Globe solo non-stop round the world race have chosen Falmouth Boat Co to refit their yachts – both of which were originally built at the Flushing boatyard.

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Suhaili – Sir Robin’s trusty ketch is relaunched following restoration

September 9, 2016

Suhaili – Sir Robin’s trusty ketch is relaunched following restoration

After three years’ work, Sir Robin Knox-Johnston has now relaunched his 32-foot Suhaili. The legendary sailor spent hours restoring the boat which took him around the world.

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Falmouth Boat Company to refit two Biscay 36 yachts in readiness for the GGR

August 30, 2016

Falmouth Boat Company to refit two Biscay 36 yachts in readiness for the GGR

French yachtsman Antoine Cousot and Nabil Amra, an American based Palestinian, have launched their campaigns to win the 2018 Golden Globe Race, a 27,000 mile retro non-stop solo circumnavigation to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Sir Robin Knox-Johnston’s major achievement in becoming the first to sail solo non-stop around the world from Falmouth…

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Desperate Voyage: Donald Crowhurst, The London Sunday Times Golden Globe Race, and the Tragedy of Teignmouth Electron

July 31, 2016

Desperate Voyage: Donald Crowhurst, The London Sunday Times Golden Globe Race, and the Tragedy of Teignmouth Electron

The tale that inspired THE MERCY, starring Colin Firth and Rachel Weisz.

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2018 Golden Globe Race – Action coming soon

June 17, 2016

2018 Golden Globe Race – Action coming soon

Today marks the commencement of a two – year count-down to the start of the 2018 Golden Globe solo non-stop round the world race from Falmouth England…

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Chris Jacks Takes on Great Britain for his First Solo Sail

May 25, 2016

Chris Jacks Takes on Great Britain for his First Solo Sail

Professional sailor and adventurer Chris Jacks is taking on his first solo voyage as he prepares for the Golden Globe Race 2018 and next year’s Transat race – formerly known as OSTAR. Previously the most the 30-year-old had ever sailed single-handed was for an hour on the River Mersey.

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Chris Jacks Starts Solo Journey Around Britain

May 23, 2016

Chris Jacks Starts Solo Journey Around Britain

Chris Jacks left from his home port of Liverpool on 21 May to sail Britain in an anti-clockwise direction. He is making the circumnavigation in his Nicholson 32, Roma. The 33 foot vessel was built in 1979.

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Sailor Chris Jacks Sets Off on Round-Britain Voyage

May 22, 2016

Sailor Chris Jacks Sets Off on Round-Britain Voyage

Chris Jacks, who departed from his home port of Liverpool on a vessel named Roma, expects his journey to last for seven weeks. The 30-year-old will travel in an anti-clockwise direction and said it was part of his preparations for the round-the-world Golden Globe Race in 2018.

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Bangor Developer Picked for Elite Sailboat Race Around the World

April 18, 2016

Bangor Developer Picked for Elite Sailboat Race Around the World

Imagine sailing around the world in 300 days, guided by only a sextant and the stars, with limited contact with anything other than the sea and a 32-foot boat. It’s the 2018 Golden Globe Race, an elite challenge commemorating the 50th anniversary of a British man’s solo feat, and a Bangor developer is among just 30 sailors worldwide picked to take part…

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Sir Robin Knox-Johnston’s Seattle-bound Clipper Race has its origins in 1968 Golden Globe

March 21, 2016

Sir Robin Knox-Johnston’s Seattle-bound Clipper Race has its origins in 1968 Golden Globe

Being the first person to sail solo non-stop around the world in 1968-69, the race’s visionary, executive director and founder Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, knows a thing or two about racing around the world. Since starting the Clipper Race in 1996, his aim has been to get anyone, regardless of previous sailing experience, the chance to embrace the thrill of ocean racing…

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Waterlines: 2018 Golden Globe Race

March 15, 2016

Waterlines: 2018 Golden Globe Race

Will there ever be another ocean race as dramatic and compelling as the 1968-69 Golden Globe? It’s hard to imagine. This legendary competition, the first to lead solo sailors on a nonstop course around the world, was so imbued with pathos that it has inspired interest among both sailors and the general public for nearly 50 years now…

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Golden Globe Race - 30 Sailors From 12 Countries Named for Challenge

February 18, 2016

Golden Globe Race - 30 Sailors From 12 Countries Named for Challenge

Sailors from America, Britain and France head the preliminary entry list for the 2018 Golden Globe solo round the world race…

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Sussex Sailor Set for Round-Globe Challenge

February 16, 2016

Sussex Sailor Set for Round-Globe Challenge

West Sussex sailor Tim Newson is to compete in the Golden Globe race…

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Chichester Sailor Will Compete in Golden Globe Race Following in Sir Robin Knox-Johnston’s Footsteps

February 3, 2016

Chichester Sailor Will Compete in Golden Globe Race Following in Sir Robin Knox-Johnston’s Footsteps

Tim Newson, who grew up near Chichester, will compete in the Golden Globe Race which will last around nine months…

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Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, the Clipper and the Hobart

December 19, 2015

Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, the Clipper and the Hobart

The race was the brainchild of Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, 76, who was the first person to sail solo nonstop around the world during the Sunday Times Golden Globe Race of 1968-1969, which he won aboard the now-legendary Suhaili…

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2018 Golden Globe Yacht Race - Entry List Now Stands at 30

December 16, 2015

2018 Golden Globe Yacht Race - Entry List Now Stands at 30

Four more potential competitors: Graham Applin (52) from Addlestone, Surrey, UK; Francesco Cappelletti (37) from Montevarchi, Italy; Loïc Lepage (59) from France and a confidential entrant from New Zealand, now brings the number who have paid the initial A$3,000 entry fee to 30…

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Adventurers and Solo Racers Sign Up for 50th Anniversary Golden Globe Race 2018

December 16, 2015

Adventurers and Solo Racers Sign Up for 50th Anniversary Golden Globe Race 2018

While many races have struggled to raise fleet numbers in the last few years, one very old-fashioned and potentially slow race has already garnered 30 entries for its start in 2018, and another 150 have expressed interest in taking part. The Golden Globe Race goes entirely against the grain of most professional events, a non-stop round the world race for smaller, long-keeled yachts stripped of almost all modern technology…

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2018 Golden Globe Race – Jean-Luc van den Heede Announces Entry

December 8, 2015

2018 Golden Globe Race – Jean-Luc van den Heede Announces Entry

French solo yachtsman Jean-Luc van den Heede is the latest to throw his cap into the Golden Globe Race ring. He made the announcement yesterday at the Paris Boat Show that he is to race a Rustler 36 yacht in the 2018 circumnavigation event to commemorate the original Sunday Times Golden Globe Race…

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2018 Golden Globe Race Gains Momentum

December 1, 2015

2018 Golden Globe Race Gains Momentum

The first 25 provisional entrants have been confirmed for a race that aims to commemorate the golden anniversary of Sir Robin Knox-Johnston’s pioneering victory in the Sunday Times Golden Globe race in 1968/9. The 2018 Golden Globe Race will test the mettle of modern sailors by limiting them to the same type of yachts and equipment that were available to competitors in the original race, 50 years earlier.

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New Solo Non-Stop, Around the World Yacht Race Announced

April 22, 2015

New Solo Non-Stop, Around the World Yacht Race Announced

A new Golden Globe Race is set to start from Falmouth, UK on June 14, 2018 – the same day that Sir Robin Knox-Johnston set out on his epic voyage 50 years before. The new race will mark the 50th anniversary of the first solo non-stop circumnavigation under sail achieved by Sir Robin during the 1968/9 Sunday Times Golden Globe Yacht Race. Today’s announcement comes on the 46th anniversary of Sir Robin’s victorious return to Falmouth in 1969, as the sole finisher in the original Sunday Times event.

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