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One year prior to the September 2022 start of the Golden Globe Race, GGR team were joined by Les Sables d’Olonne at the Southampton boat show

Monday 20th of September 2021

One year prior to the September 2022 start of the Golden Globe Race, Don McIntyre and the GGR team were joined by Les Sables d’Olonne, home port of the race and European capital of solo-sailing at the Southampton boat show.

“Being in the UK one year prior to the start of the race was important for us” said Don McIntyre the GGR Founder & Chairman, “It is the perfect place to meet old friends such as Sir Chay Blyth; and the GGR 2022 not unlike the original edition has many British skippers as the largest contingent, including serious contenders for victory!”

Les Sables d’Olonne and the Golden Globe Race held a media briefing on their stand in Ocean Hall 2 stand J158, featuring British entrants David Scott Cowper, Simon Curwen, Ian Herbert Jones and Robin Davie covering the most recent developments of the race.

Six-time solo circumnavigator, 79-year-old David Scott Cowper from Britain was excited to meet other entrants for the first time and discuss his Tradewind 35 refit. GGR Founder Don McIntyre has been a close friend of David for the past 42 years and is impressed by David‘s plans and preparation. If he finishes the GGR he may become the oldest circumnavigator to race around the world.

Another UK entrant and three times solo circumnavigator Robin Davie just returned from two years trapped in the US because of Covid, happy to be reunited with his yacht and able to continue work on it. All entrants are watching the clock closely.

Les Sables d’Olonne, home port of the GGR are joining efforts with the Conseil Départemental de la Vendée, and the Conseil Régional des Pays de la Loire for a larger GGR village, opening on August 22nd, 2022 filled with animations and events.

Round the world legend Sir Robin Knox Johnston has accepted to become the patron of the Golden Globe Race going forward, bringing his enthusiasm and expertise to the race and entrants.

“Do not expect the challenge to be easy.”, Sir Robin said, “Once you leave the friendly and safe port of Les Sables, you are on your own for 200 or more days without companionship or support. But if it were easy, where would be the challenge. It is from achieving the really difficult that true satisfaction is to be found”.

A Virtual Golden Globe Race will be available to the public, with unique features such as celestial navigation, mandatory off-watch time, and random ocean racing issues to get close to the real thing without being cold and wet.

“The Golden Globe is about real human stories but Virtual Sailing is a new sport” added Don. “We have partnered with Realsail to develop a world-first Virtual Golden Globe game that is like nothing seen before: the VGG Race uses celestial navigation with real-time live stars visuals, skippers experience real breakdowns and sail problems, only sailing with windvanes and declaring when they are asleep and not under command. This will be the longest running virtual race in the world, it will sail with the real GGR fleet in real-time weather. It is tough!”

Media outreach has been improved with 4 tweets a day per skipper, a 15-minute satellite recorded interview and bi-weekly exclusive media interviews, in addition to the film drop interviews in the Canary Island, Cape Town, Tasmania and Punta del Este.

The Joshua Class has been dropped from the 2022 GGR, but a new opportunity for entrants to BUILD a Joshua One Design replica to race in the 2026 GGR has been announced. Entrants will buy a CNC steel cutting file to start building their JOSHUA.

Frenchman Sébastien Delasnerie has been appointed Race Director. “Coming from IRC and one-design offshore racing, I applaud the return of retro-sailing on older but sturdy designs, putting sailors and seamanship back at the centre of the performance. The profiles and experience of entrants are diverse but their level of preparation is remarkable, and their enthusiasm second to none”

Captain Coconut, Mark Sinclair who stopped halfway during the 2018 GGR due to a lack of water and barnacles, can under the Notice of Race continue the race in Chichester Class. Mark will set sail from Adelaide once again on December 5th, three years since he stopped racing, directly to Les sables d’Olonne solo, and non-stop to finish his GGR2018!

Asked why Les sables d’Olonne have increased their support to the GGR and are joined by broader local and regional councils, Yannick Moreau, Mayor of Les Sables d’Olonne and President of the Agglomeration declared:

Les Sables d’Olonne is the stage for the most prestigious sailing competitions. A magnificent setting and infrastructures to host and experience the greatest of maritime adventures. In Les Sables d’Olonne, we live for the sea ; and we are proud to share it with the world. Our companies, clubs and associations are wholly committed to the excellence and influence of our sailing networks”.

He added “While an incredible edition of the Vendée Globe has just come to an end, our town is now getting ready to bring you the next unmissable events in single-handed ocean racing. With the Mini-Transat, the first of which will take place, now, in September, the Vendée Arctic and the Golden Globe Race, which will be held in 2022, the spirit of the Sablais and the Vendée region will continue to spread inspiration across the oceans.”

If you missed the team at the Southampton Boat Show, you can still catch us in Le Grand Pavois La Rochelle from 28/09 to 03/10, Le Nautic Paris in December and Boot Dusseldorf early next year, or in Les Sables d’Olonne any other day!

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Media Alert & Invitation

Media Alert & Invitation

UK PRESS Conference 2023 OCEAN GLOBE RACE and on other days separate Media briefings for 2022 Golden Globe Race, 2024 Mini Globe Race, 2021 Globe 5.80 Transat and World Premier of Class Globe 5.80 Mini at the Southampton Boat show.


WHAT?Don McIntyre, Founder and Chairman of the 2023 Ocean Globe Race, celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the first Whitbread race with host Alec Wilkinson invites you to….

The first UK Ocean Globe Race Press conference in the company of Sir Chay Blyth, Other Whitbread veterans and OGR entrants Annie O’Sullivan UK (Skipper of Tracy Edward‘s Maiden) Dominique Dubois France (Multiplast owner Swan 651), Tapio Lehtinen Finland (Whitbread veteran and final finisher 2018 GGR and entrant in 2022 GGR Swan 55) James Tomlinson USA(with father and Whitbread veteran Rick Tomlinson Swan 59) Isabelle Andrieu Italy (Translated 9, Previous Adc Accutrac Swan 65) Team Spirit of Adelaide, Australia ( Baltic 55), Chris Watts UK (Swan 65).

WHEN?Friday Sept. 10th at 1300hrs (EXACTLY two years from the OGR Start on Sept 10th 2023)

WHERE?Southampton International Boat Show 2021, Mayflower Park, Southampton, Hampshire, SO15 1HJ, on the Foredeck stage, east to the Ocean Hall.

HOW?… On the Ocean Globe Race Facebook LIVE if unable to attend in person, or with Tickets from for media without accreditation. ( )

MEDIA Briefing Golden Globe Race

WHAT? … 2022 Golden Globe Race briefing by Don McIntyre & Media CEO Melissa Payne, in the company of Entrants, David Scott Cowper UK, Ian Herbert Jones UK, Simon Curwen UK, Guy Waites UK and the others…

WHEN? … Thursday Sept. 16th at 1400Hrs (One year from the start on Sept 4th 2022.)

WHERE? … ON the Les Sables d’Olonne and Golden Globe Race exhibit, Ocean Hall 2, stand J158.

HOW?… On Golden Globe Race Facebook Live if unable to attend in person, or with tickets from for media without accreditation. ( )

MEDIA Briefing Class Globe 5.80 Mini

WHAT?Don McIntyre founder of the Class Globe 5.80 Mini Ocean racer, invites you to the World Premier and inspection of Hull Number 46, of this exciting new class of amateur-built plywood epoxy, safe, fun and affordable yachts. News on the first McIntyre Adventure Globe 5.80 Transat starting in Lagos Portugal on October 31st this year and a rundown of the 2024 Mini Globe Race introducing the first 12 entrants joining the adventure.

WHEN? …Wednesday 15th Sept at 1400hrs.

WHERE? … On the Globe 5.80 Exhibit, Ocean Hall 2, Stand J159

HOW? … On Class Globe 5.80 Facebook Page if unable to attend in person, or with tickets from for media without accreditation. ( )

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D-365 before the big return of the Golden Globe Race in Sables-d’Olonne

D-365 before the big return of the Golden Globe Race in Sables-d’Olonne

In one year, on September 4, 2022, the third edition of the Golden Globe Race will start from Les Sables-d’Olonne. This is the only round-the-world tour without technical assistance and without GPS, with the same tools as during the first edition, in 1968. During a press conference, this Thursday morning, 26 skippers of 11 nationalities different have already announced their participation.

It is a dream setting, an open-air stadium facing the sea which has been the point of departure and arrival for so many adventures of men and women of the sea. With its channel legendary that the greatest sailors have already taken, Les Sables-d’Olonne has the most beautiful setting, commensurate with the incredible challenge of setting sail and sailing on all the seas of the globe. World capital of offshore racing, the Vendée city is the scene of the discipline’s greatest emotions. There is the Vendée Globe, the last edition of which, last winter, was rich in highlights. There will be the Mini-Transat, the start of which on September 26 is loaded with promise for many future skippers. And then there’s the Golden Globe Race, the next edition of which will start on September 4, 2022.

A legendary race, a melting pot of vocations time

The announcement was made this Thursday morning during a press conference at the School of Fisheries. Alongside Yannick Moreau, Mayor of Sables-d’Olonne and President of the Agglomeration, and Don McIntyre, organizer of the Golden Globe Race, Alain Leboeuf, President of the Vendée department, and Isabelle Leroy, vice-president of the Pays-de-la-Loire Region, made the trip for the occasion.

In 2018, the return of the Golden Globe Race, which started from Les Sables-d’Olonne, marked the fiftieth anniversary of this legendary race. It was in 1968 and 1969 that the Golden Globe Challenge took place, the first single-handed, round-the-world and non-stop race in history. The victory of Robin Knox-Johnston and the incredible adventure of Bernard Moitessier will have inspired generations of sailors, convinced that the sea could be an incredible playground, dream and self-sacrifice.

With the city and the organizers, take a long-term view

Fifty years later, the 18 skippers to set off for this anniversary race reconnected with what made it their DNA: a competition without any technical assistance, without GPS and with the same means of navigation as at the time. The victory of Jean-Luc Van Den Heede (then 73) at the end of 212 days at sea had aroused a startling enthusiasm on the pontoons of Sables-d’Olonne and among all enthusiasts of ocean racing. On the strength of the memories it created and its values, both family and fraternal, this edition encouraged the organizers to register for the long term.
The organizers of the Golden Globe Race, the City of Sables-d’Olonne and the Agglomeration Community (which are in charge of all the activities on land and in the village) have therefore jointly supported each other in order to offer this new edition, including the departure will take place on September 4, 2022. The date has been slightly postponed in order to help the conditions be more lenient for the sailors, in particular during their crossings of the southern seas.

More interactions with the general public

If the race retains its DNA, several new features will allow all those curious to experience the adventure more closely. Thus, five waypoints have been established so that the skippers can transmit photos and videos of their adventure. In addition, weekly interviews will be held with the media as well as a live Facebook each month, during which the public will be able to interact directly with the sailors.

Finally, a virtual regatta will allow all those curious to experience the race in their own way, throughout their round the world trip. In total, 26 skippers of 11 different nationalities have already announced their participation with the sweet dream of being the first to cross the line at Les Sables-d’Olonne, after more than 200 days at sea. The public will be able to rub shoulders with them from the 20th August 2022 with the opening of the village before the big departure, two weeks later.


Yannick MOREAU, Mayor of Sables-d’Olonne and President of the Agglomeration

“Four years ago, with Don McIntyre, we decided to revive the Golden Globe Race, a unique race that carries the values and DNA of Les Sables d’Olonne.

Starting point for the most beautiful maritime adventures, our city asserts itself as the World Capital of solo ocean racing.

After the Vendée Globe and the Mini Transat, the GGR skippers will set off for a round-the-world trip in which human values and surpassing oneself are essential to face the elements and go to the end of the adventure.

One year from the start, Les Sables d’Olonne is preparing with passion this major event in ocean racing. On September 4, many of us will be on the quays of our legendary channel to encourage these heroes from all over the world. ”


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GGR PRESS CONFERENCE and Southampton boat show!

GGR PRESS CONFERENCE and Southampton boat show!

One year to go until the start of the 2022 Golden Globe. If there is any certainty in life these days it is that this time will fly by. Tomorrow 2nd at 0800 UTC, 1000hrs local time Les Sables d’Olonne we will hold a Press Conference in our Offices celebrating that countdown. It will be LIVE on the GGR Facebook page and we hope you can tune in for some interesting News. You will meet nine GGR entrants who are attending from around the world and we have six GGR Yachts on the marina.

Our partners Les Sables d’Olonne are increasing their support for the GGR and the Vendee Region announce their support to the GGR. We are honoured to announce tomorrow that Sir Robin Knox Johnston has accepted our invitation to become PATRON of the Golden Globe going forward. Other news discussed include a new JOSHUA CLASS for GGR 2026 where you can build your own JOSHUA replica, Captain coconut, Mark Sinclair re-joins the 2022 GGR!!!! SITraN our official charity and the official launch of our world first Virtual Golden Globe Race. Tune in Tomorrow.

The GGR village in Les Sables from 20th August through to start day 4th Sept 2022 will be bigger than ever with classic historic displays and plenty of entertainment. Come meet the skippers, check out their boats, listen to their on-stage presentations and feel the emotion. Now is the time to book accommodation and plan your visit. We look forward to welcoming you. 😊

Join us at the Southampton Boat Show

Together with Les Sables d’Olonne, GGR will be exhibiting at the Southampton Boat show from 10-19th September. We would love to meet you and chat all things Golden Globe. Some of the GGR entrants will also be on our stand. On the 10th Sept. Tapio Lehtinen will arrive to attend our Ocean Globe Race Press conference at 1300-1400hrs local time on the Foredeck stage, east to the Ocean Hall.(OGR Facebook live) then on the GGR stand. On the afternoon of Thursday 16th Sept. David Scott Cowper leads our UK entrants arriving for a media briefing on our stand which is in OCEAN HALL 2 stand J158.

Like to visit GGR entrant Ian Herbert Jones and his beautiful Yacht PUFFIN which raced with Istvan Kopar in the 2018 GGR. Ian has completed a major refit and upgrade transition for the 2022 edition and just returned from his 2000-mile qualifying voyage. He is on the marina at the show every day and would love to show you around his entry.

If you’re coming, you can use this code EPTOPYERSXMKHE to register for discount tickets.   (Ticket Booking HEREOffer price: £19.00 , per Any One Day flexible entry ticket – saving up to £12.50 on gate purchases. )


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530 days to go! Les Sables d’Olonne , France, Official Launch and Countdown to the start of 2022 GGR

530 days to go! Les Sables d’Olonne , France, Official Launch and Countdown to the start of 2022 GGR

# 28 entrants from 11 countries including one woman signed on.
# NEW 2 hr time penalty imposed for every litre of fuel used during race.
# New direct satellite media access to entrants during the race.
# Four video film drops planned with Punta Del Este after Cape Horn included.
# GGR, the longest, loneliest, slowest race and most daring challenge for any individual in any sport.

The 1968 Golden Globe was the first ever around the world yacht race. Since then, legends like the only finisher and winner Sir Robin Knox Johnston, and Bernard Moitessier have inspired many sailors and created new Around the world races. I was there in Sydney with Philippe Jeantot when he conceived the first 1998 Vendee Globe. The Golden Globe was part of his idea.

In 2018, together with our partner Les Sables d’Olonne, we brought the Golden Globe back to life 50 years later. This incredible Adventure continues with a third edition starting from Les Sables d’Olonne on Sept 4th 2022. Again, Les Sables d’Olonne stands with us as a passionate partner building a bigger and even more exciting event.

The 2018 GGR was a repeat journey into the unknow. The world had changed, but the world had never seen anything like it. 18 sailors set sail not knowing what to expect. We all held our breath and an international GGR Family followed day by day with genuine enthusiasm. Yachts were lost, stories were told and sailors everywhere were inspired. Some of the best sailors on the planet had lined up at the start in Les Sables d’Olonne. So too did the dreamers, just as they did in 1968.

Unlike the first edition, our Notice of Race was considered by French Maritime Authorities as the best for any yacht race ever to sail from this country and the Security Arrangements appropriate for the challenge.

10 months after the start, Tapio Lehtinen the last of only five sailors to complete the journey, crossed the finish line creating history once again. Jean Luc Van Den Heede, one of the great sailors of our time, won the 2nd Golden Globe. He was 73yo. and has been a beautiful dreamer his entire life! Like all entrants, his voyage was filled with drama and courage in the face of real adversity. It was tough! Very tough. He was at sea for 212 days totally alone, the equivalent of three Vendee Globes. His final VDH journal has and continues to inspires a new generation of sailors, as did his previous five solo circumnavigations of the Globe.

The GGR is unique and has established once again the core principles of that first in 1968 edition. Open to sailors young and old it is affordable in 32-36ft strong, recycled, seaworthy yet simple yachts. There is No technology, No satellite comms or GPS, No autopilots and only cassette tapes for music. The GGR is the ONLY solo race around the world with Absolutely NO Outside assistance of any kind.

The GGR is NOT a flying 10-week sprint around the Globe. It is a gruelling demanding and daring marathon. You could fly to Mars quicker than completing the GGR! Entrants spend more time in the Southern Ocean than most current races take to circumnavigate. There are no SKYPE calls home to family for psychological support, or engineers for advice. The GGR is total isolation on a grand scale. It steps back to a simpler time, where the sailor relies entirely on themselves for their own destiny.

This challenge is not for everyone. It’s serious. Only the best will finish. Question? IS it the toughest Solo Non-stop race around the world? Who cares? We know it is seriously tough with no comparisons. Yet it is a beautiful and simple Challenge. It takes a special sailor to even consider it possible. Those that finish in 2023 will again make history!

Today 28 entrants from 11 Countries have signed for the next edition. The British want the Golden Globe back! They are sending 8 sailors to recover it. Australia sends 6 entrants. We are excited to welcome # Damien Guillou and PRB to the GGR in the last few days, leading the three French entrants who will attempt to retain the Golden Globe trophy. New Zealand sends # Graham Dalton brother of Americas Cup winner # Grant Dalton, who is sailing JL VDH 2018 R36 Matmut, # Tapio Lethinen from 2018 GGR sailing “Asteria” covered with Barnacles returns with a plan to win. # Captain Coconut, Mark Sinclair also from 2018 returns with unfinished business. Our only woman entrant # Kirsten Neuschafr from South Africa is a sailor with the experience to win and a yacht that could actually do it! Our youngest is 26 yo. American # Elliott Smith and Oldest at 79, the indomitable multiple solo circumnavigator # David Scott Cowper from the UK. Only Four SUHAILI Class entries are still available to sailors hoping to join the 2022 GGR.

“As organisers we learnt a lot from the last edition of the GGR”. said Don McIntyre, GGR Founder and race Chairman. “There have been changes and one of the biggest is a new start date Two months later than 2018 placing the fleet more favourably in the Southern Ocean. Safety and security standards remain high and sailing qualifications have been increased. The best is overall media coverage will be substantially upgraded”.

# A new 2-hour time penalty for every litre of fuel consumed during the race will be added to finishing times. This encourages all entrants to focus on Solar, Wind and Water power generation. Our world first WASTE MANAGEMENT plan for all entrants in the 2018 GGR will remain.

# For the first time Expanded MEDIA ACCESS to GGR skippers With Entrants receiving two direct satellite phone interviews from any media outlet, every week while racing. The possibility of sending satellite photos from entrants to Race Control is being investigated. A third Video film drop for live interviews is also scheduled for Cape Town, South Africa before sailors’ head into the Southern Ocean and a fourth may be established after rounding Cape Horn.

# A planned comprehensive Media Production and Global TV distribution plan will send the GGR story to millions of families around the world.

On July the 1st 2018, crowds that gathered on the famous Les Sables river cheering our GGR sailors witnessed something special. But they could never have imagined what lay ahead. The Golden Globe is personal, even romantic and centred on the sailor. Nothing else matters. It is seriously a human story, not the boat, not technology and not the money that creates the winner and it’s all about the stories.

On Sept 4th next year once again, these special sailors will set out on an adventure unique to this planet. They are all volunteers in what is now recognised as the longest, loneliest, slowest race and most daring challenge for any individual in any sport.

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