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GGR entrants, three months to go! No room for error as many set sail to the start.

GGR entrants, three months to go! No room for error as many set sail to the start.

Entrants feel the pressure as refit and ocean crossing deadlines loom large.

Capt. Coconut is about to complete a 6-month 14,000-mile solo sail to the start.

South Africans at sea, American and Canadian entries late for an early June transatlantic.

Some GGR yachts are still not launched, but 23 hope to make the start.

On September 4th, Les Sables d’Olonne, the world capital of solo around the world racing, will again host the start of the 2022 Golden Globe Race. Seven entrants on the other side of the world must still sail to the start, while others continue frantic refits.

Skippers can’t just show up on the start day. They have just three months to arrive in Spain on August 6th for the start of the Prologue. (The Host Port will be announced in the next weeks). This will include compulsory safety briefings and independent surveys of the boats and rigs. The Entrants then complete the SITraN Challenge race to Les Sables d’Olonne for a busy fun time at the GGR Les Sables Race Village opening in Port Olona on August 20, 2022.

The clock is ticking louder by the day. This is especially true for overseas entrants. Two Canadian and two American entrants are just about to launch their boat after extensive refits and prepare to sail to Europe. Two South African entrants are setting sail on the 6600-mile voyage north to the start.

They are all feeling the pressure: there is now little room for failure in their boat preparation and crossings. If your boat is not in the water by now, this means you should be rushing!

“The first challenge of the GGR is getting to the start and the biggest is getting to the finish! We currently have 23 entrants and I hope they all make the start” said GGR organiser Don McIntyre “Many entrants face time and money pressure, but also the human element of leaving things to the last minute also kicks in about now. Some are wishing they did more in the years before, but quite a few are well organised too. That will make a difference when the gun goes”

Australian and New Zealanders are the most distant from the start. 2018 GGR Veteran Mark Sinclair (Capt. Coconut) has been at sea solo non-stop from South Australia for 156 days, in his Lello 34. He should landfall in Les Sables d’Olonne around May the 21st finishing his 2018 circumnavigation and ready for the start of his 2022 GGR. He endured four consecutive storms last February when rounding Cape Horn and now has a repaired broken forestay.

Kiwi Graham Dalton was trapped in New Zealand by Covid travel restrictions and has just flown into Les Sables d’Olonne. He has a huge job ahead to complete the refit of Jean Luc Van den Heede’s race winning Rustler 36. Local sailmakers, riggers and engineers are helping, but time is tight! He must then sail the 2000 miles GGR qualifier.

South African entries must cross both the South and North Atlantic Oceans. Jeremy Bagshaw left Cape Town a week ago and Kirsten Neuschäfer will set sail in the next few days for the 6600 miles voyage north.

Both are planning to cross the Equator as far West as they can to replicate the last leg of the last leg of the race to Les Sables d’Olonne, while polishing their celestial navigation skills, expecting to make landfall late June.

The Canadians and Americans need around 30-35 days to complete their Atlantic 3000 /3600-mile crossings to Europe if all goes well.

In Canada, Edward Walentynowicz is behind schedule and will launch late May with a planned departure date 7th of June, going first to the Rustler shipyard in Falmouth for an in-house revision of his “Noah’s Jest”. He is pushing to make the prologue on time!

Gaurav Shinde recently completed the paint Party of “Good Hope” in an elegant grey livery and launched late April in Lake Ontario before crossing. He has a long way to go down the St Laurent River before even reaching the Atlantic. With all new equipment and systems, he hopes it all works!

Further south, American Guy deBoer in Florida just launched his “Spirit” on May 2nd with the help of his team and completed his jury rig test, but his many boat modifications are yet untried. He told us “The date may move a day or two but I expect to set sail on June 1st. You should expect me to arrive in LSO by July 5th. See everyone very soon!”

His neighbour Elliott Smith, the youngest entrant in the race is facing overwhelming odds giving himself until the end of May to set sail and be in Europe on time for the start. Like many entrants he needs to complete his jury rig and emergency steering trials. He still has to purchase the required GGR safety gear and is short on sails but is fuelled by pure passion!

For European and UK entries, being closer does not necessarily mean being ready. Several entrants are rushing to get their boats finished on time. 79-year-old UK Entrant David Scott Cowper was hit by Covid and a shortage of available labour to help his refit. He remains confident of completing it and his 2000-mile solo qualifier just in time.

Finnish entry and 2018 GGR veteran Tapio Lehtinen is heading a double refit in Finland of both his 2022 GGR entry “Asteria”, a Gia 36 and his 2023 Ocean Globe Race entry “Galiana” a Swan 55, at the same time. He will bring both yachts to Les Sables d’Olonne for the start.

Spanish entry Aleix Selles Vidal is completing his refit in the Adriatic and will have to multitask, working on the boat while completing his 4000 solo qualifying mileage for the race. He admits he is behind schedule but insists he will be at the start.

With nearly half of the GGR fleet at sea over the next couple of months, the lead into the next edition of the GGR already promises a few adventures even before the start! The time for talking and refitting is just about over.

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Rescued Golden Globe 2018 sailor Abhilash Tomy re-enters 2022 GGR

Rescued Golden Globe 2018 sailor Abhilash Tomy re-enters 2022 GGR

Indian sailor Abhilash Tomy was an entrant in the 50th Anniversary edition of the Golden Globe, a solo non-stop race around the world which started from Les Sables d’Olonne France on July 1st 2018. He was rescued after 83 days at sea following a complex international effort. The winner of the first 1968 Sunday Times Golden Globe was Englishman Sir Robin Knox Johnston sailing a 32ft timber yacht built in India named SUHAILI. He became the first person ever to solo circumnavigate the globe non-stop after 312 days. Abhilash was sailing an exact replica of Suhail, named “THURIYA” also built in India.

Abhilash, a Navy commander who had previously sailed solo non-stop around the world was running third in the race when an extreme storm deep in the Southern Indian Ocean rolled and dismasted his yacht, severely injuring his back and unable to move his legs. Trapped below, he sent a short text message to race control and turned his EPIRB on. Then all communication was lost.

Half way between Australia and South Africa, the disabled yacht was as far from rescue as anyone could be. Three and a half days later, a French Government fisheries patrol vessel OSIRIS arrived at the scene. In difficult conditions the crew were able to recover Abhilash in a stretcher. He was later transferred to an Indian Navy vessel sent to recover him and two days after arriving in India ttitanium rods were inserted in his spine and 5 vertebrae were fused into one.

“My legs were so badly off that I had to learn to walk again”. Said Abhilash “But I did learn to walk, and then got into a cockpit and got back to Navy flying, and sailing! Now three and a half years later, I am heading back into the same race.”

Today at the Dubai Expo 2020, Abhilash announced his sponsor Bayanat and official entry in the 2022 Golden Globe Race. Bayanat, a G42 company specializing in AI-powered geospatial intelligence, confirmed its sponsorship. “Abhilash will sail in a UAE-registered sailboat aptly named ‘Bayanat’ which will race under the number 71, the year in which the UAE was formed,” their statement said.

The company said that during the race Abhilash would aid in ongoing scientific work, “including the collection of water samples which can be analysed for up to date insight on the presence of microplastics in the world’s oceans”.

In addition, a small section of the yacht will be painted with a special coating which will serve as a reflectance target for satellites, “representing a one-of-a-kind opportunity to collect calibrated data during the race”. This is in keeping with Bayanat’s business, which “provides comprehensive world-class geospatial AI solutions to a growing number of sectors such as defence, environment, energy and resources, smart cities and transportation.”

“WE are all very excited to see Abhilash back in the Golden Globe”. Said Don McIntyre GGR Founder. “He is such a powerful sailor with a huge smile. To see his beautiful yacht destroyed in the last edition was a real shock. He has a huge following around the world so his fans will be celebrating too and it’s clear he has some unfinished business!”

Abhilash has purchased a Rustler 36 in France, and named it “Bayanat” previously raced in the last Golden Globe by Philippe Péché with PRB sponsorship. He has just five months to complete a full refit and sail a 2000 miles solo voyage to qualify for the GGR. He is the last entrant to join this incredible Human adventure that is unlike any other event in the world. This brings the total fleet to 23 sailors from 13 countries.

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A New Course: 4 Compulsory Film Drop Points To Share Their Incredible Adventure

11 adventurers are preparing for the longest sporting event in the world, the Golden Globe Race, in Les Sables d’Olonne on March 9 and 10.

Les Sables d’Olonne Becomes The Training Base For The World’s Longest Sporting Event

The Bay Of Les Sables d’Olonne, One Of The Most Beautiful Bays In The World


The Golden Globe Race is a single-handed, non-stop round-the-world race, with no assistance, no GPS and no modern electronics on board. The adventure will start on 4 September 2022.

23 sailors from all over the world will embark on an adventure of a lifetime for more than 200 days – away from the rest of the world, navigating with a sextant only.

Les Sables d’Olonne, home of the Vendée Globe and the Spirit of Adventure, is the training base for the longest sporting event in the world.

This retro round-the-world challenge will have many surprises in store for us. It will be a unique experience with highly motivated competitors who will take part in this legendary event to succeed Jean-Luc Van Den Heede and Sir Robin Knox-Johnston.

Les Sables d’Olonne welcomes all friends of the sea and maritime adventure to one of the most beautiful bays in the world.”

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


A New Course: 4 Compulsory Film Drop Points To Share Their Incredible Adventure

In the last edition, the competitors had to go around two compulsory rounding marks: Lanzarote and Hobart.
This year, the course has been modified with two additional marks: Cape Town in South Africa and Punta del Este in Uruguay.

The skippers will be able to drop their recorded videos and photos at these four gates without getting in contact with anyone and without docking, allowing them to share their incredible adventure and us to hear their latest stories.

23 Competitors From All Over The World Ready To Fight And Become Part Of The Legend

In 1968-1969, Sir Robin Knox-Johnston won the Sunday Times Golden Globe Race, the first solo, non-stop, round-the-world race in history, sailing for 312 days.
In 2018, 50 years later, this legendary adventure was reborn in Les Sables d’Olonne for a second edition with the same navigation aids as available in 1968. Famous French sailor Jean-Luc Van Den Heede won the race in 211 days.

Who will succeed these legends who have inspired generations of sailors? 23 sailors of 13 different nationalities are ready to take up the challenge!

Some returnees from the last edition will take up the challenge again, like Turkish sailor Ertan Beskardes or Finnish sailor Tapio Lehtinen, who finished 5th in the 2018-2019 edition after 322 days at sea. Australian Mark Sinclair, who was forced to stop in 2018, is currently sailing from Australia to France – finishing his one-stop circumnavigation in April this year just to embark again on a new round the world tour with the GGR 2022 in September.

The other entrants will experience the GGR for the first time, but are no less competitive. Most of them have already sailed around the world several times or have participated in the biggest offshore races: Mini Transat, Figaro, Open 60, Clipper 70

Amongst them, Frenchman Damien Guillou will be racing under the banner of PRB, sponsor of two Vendée Globe winning campaigns.

Seven participants must cross at least one ocean to reach Les Sables d’Olonne: An adventure within the adventure. Preparing the boat for a round-the-world competition is already a challenge, but now they have to bring their boats to the right side of the Atlantic to make the start in Les Sables d’Olonne.

This is the case for Elliott Smith (USA), Gaurav Shinde (Canada), Guy deBoer (USA), Jeremy Bagshaw (South Africa), Matthew Wright (Australia), Kirsten Neuschäfer (South Africa) and Mark Sinclair (Australia).

Les Sables d’Olonne Becomes The Training Base For The World’s Longest Sporting Event

11 of the 23 skippers have arrived in Les Sables d’Olonne for briefings and work sessions organised by Don McIntyre to get prepared for this extraordinary adventure.

Boat preparations, rules, safety, mental and physical preparation – nothing is left to chance. The countdown is on in Port Olona.

From now on, it will not be unusual for the people of Les Sables d’Olonne to come across the international adventurers and admire their yachts sailing up the channel.

The Bay Of Les Sables d’Olonne, One Of The Most Beautiful Bays In The World

Many were convinced about it already, but it is now official: Les Sables d’Olonne is one of the “Most Beautiful Bays in the World”. Alongside Halong Bay, San Francisco Bay and Mont Saint-Michel, the Bay of Les Sables d’Olonne is joining a club of cities committed to preserving and enhancing the beauty of nature.

It is a prestigious label obtained after several stages of rigorous selection by the international association of “The Most Beautiful Bays in the World” which brings together some of the most exceptional coastal sites on the planet.

A legendary bay, symbol of the spirit of adventure, with water sports in its DNA. This is where the big events take place: Vendée Arctique, Vendée Globe, Vendée Va’a, French Surfing Championships, Iron Man, Mini Transat.


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Golden Globe Entrants sail halfway around the world to start in Les Sables d’Olonne!

Golden Globe Entrants sail halfway around the world, to start in Les Sables d’Olonne!

# Kirsten Neuschäfer sails 14,000 miles solo to the start of the 2022 GGR
# Mark Sinclair is about to round Cape Horn as the last entrant in the 2018 GGR
# GGR Entrants Conference is set for March 9th in Les Sables d’Olonne, six months before the start
# Lutz Kohne appointed Assistant Race Director of the GGR

South African Kirsten Neuschäfer, the only woman in the Golden Globe, recently completed her GGR refit in Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia, Canada, and is about to arrive home in Cape Town after an 8,000-mile solo non-stop sea trail, before heading 6,600 miles back to France.

Kirsten is a professional sailor, with over 200,000 miles of ocean experience, working with Skip Novak in remote, often hostile places in the Arctic and Antarctic. She chose the Cape George 36 design due to its long waterline, stability, seaworthiness, and generous rig. She discovered one in Canada. She had planned to bring the boat to Maine (U.S.) for refit, but Covid restrictions made that trip impossible. By chance, she found incredible support from the Prince Edward Island community, including local tradesman Eddie Arsenault, who managed the refit, rebuilding “Minnehaha” 100% for the grueling race ahead.

“I came as an outsider to Prince Edward Island. From the moment I arrived, I’ve only been treated with such kindness and generosity.” said Kirsten “People in the community have taken a genuine interest in this project.”

With the one-year refit completed, she set sail towards South Africa in early December 2021, crossing the Equator just before the New Year, then rounding Trindade Island to port and sailing the GGR 2022 course towards her homeport of Cape Town. This 8,000-mile voyage brings immense knowledge of her boat and huge gratitude in her heart, for her new friends in Canada.

Kirsten will arrive in Cape Town in the next few days and stop for just a few weeks to say “HI!” to family, friends and to check on sponsors with her team. She then sets sail on another solo, non-stop, 6,500 miles voyage, to the start in Les Sables d’Olonne, France. Kirsten will be a sailor to watch! She is at one with the ocean, as was Jean Luc VDH, winner of the 2018 GGR.

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Australian Oceanographer Mark Sinclair is about to round Cape Horn sailing his Lello 34 “Coconut” halfway around the world, in order to finish his 2018 GGR. He set sail from Adelaide on December 5th 2021, bound for Les Sables d’Olonne, officially re-joining the GGR 2018 edition. Previously, he had to stop in Adelaide after completing only half the Race. The 2018 GGR had no finishing time, and Mark only made the one-stop, so can re-join under the “Chichester Class”. Mark has also entered the 2022 Golden Globe, so this return voyage adds a wealth of Southern Ocean experience and also brings him and his boat to the start of this third edition. He will be a strong contender to finish the 2022 edition.

“I am first and foremost a mariner, so my number one objective is not to be rescued and get around under my own power.” said Mark Sinclair “I will be more competitive in the next Golden Globe, having built huge experience and faith in my trusty little ‘Coconut’.

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The final Golden Globe Entrants Conference has been scheduled for March 9 / 10, in Les Sables d’Olonne. It was hoped all 25 entrants around the World would assemble together for the first time, but COVID restrictions mean only 12 will be present. It is an important meeting of minds, full of passion, and marks the final countdown to the start just six months later. All entrants are either trying to complete refits and get sailing, or are currently out sailing and gaining important sea miles. As a minimum, entrants must have at least 8,000 ocean miles and another 2,000 solo sailing experience, followed by a final 2,000 solo miles in the boat as set up for the GGR, sailed with windvane and sextant only.

“The pressure is building for a few entrants as start day gets closer, and COVID challenges have delayed refits, increased cost and made sponsors harder to find.” said race Founder Don McIntyre “We’ve seen a few entrants retire in the last six months, and I think there will be a couple more soon, but that’s the reality of the Golden Globe – Getting to the start is half the battle!”

Lutz Kohne, 25 y.o. from Germany joins the GGR team in Les Sables d’Olonne and has been appointed Assistant Race Director. Lutz is an experienced sailor and Yachtmaster, and has worked on several events with McIntyre Adventure last year. He will liaise with the skippers and their teams on safety requirements and all compliance issues, leading to final safety inspections prior to the start. He will also provide German commentary during the Race. As the GGR team strengthens, the organizers are working to further improve coverage on GGR 2022 and bring to the French and international public, new and exclusive ways to share the spirit of the Golden Globe.

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The BOSS is on Holidays and the “A” team is taking over!!!

The BOSS is on Holidays and the “A” team is taking over!!!

Don McIntyre, founder of the Golden Globe, Ocean Globe and Mini Globe Races is about to go sailing, as the first ever Globe 5.80 Transat is about to get underway.

Dateline: Lagos, Portugal Thursday the 28th of Oct 2021

In 2014 while adventuring in the Kingdom of Tonga, the idea of the evolved. For the past 40 years I have been enjoying a new adventure every four or five years and this GGR was to be my next solo circumnavigation. It turned out to be an EXTREME Adventure, but I did not sail, instead organising and managing that event with Jane. Then came the and now the and One Design Mini Ocean racing yachts.

Jane and I are proud of the many sailors around the world who are passionate about these new and completely unique events. They are excited about the opportunity to follow challenging dreams through our races. While our management teams and budgets are small, our results speak for themselves because of our growing family of followers, participants and volunteers.

In the next few days, I finally get back to an adventure for me. I am going on holiday for two months and signing off! Jane, Aida, Sébastien, Nick, Melissa, Lutz and others will take over while I am gone. They are the amazing “A” team (“A” for Adventure!) I should be back just before Xmas (Touch wood!)

I will race “TREKKA” my Globe 5.80 Mini solo across the Atlantic in the I first sail 600 miles from Marina Lagos in Portugal, to Marina Rubicon, Lanzarote in the Canary Islands. This is my first real sail getting to know my Mini. On Nov. 18th I then Race with five other entrants 3000 miles to Antigua and Barbuda in the Caribbean. I am the only one in the “SENIORS” Class. I LOVE TREKKA and watching 170 builders in 27 countries preparing to race their Mini’s around the world, or around the bay is very cool!

How and why did we get to be running three Around the World Races and launching the fastest growing Mini Class in the world?? I have no idea? Other than that, they are all things I want to do as a sailor and I am not that different from many sailors around the world.

How will it all run while the Boss is away??? Well, you may be surprised to learn that while I am very hands on with event development and concepts, there is actually a Succession Plan for all events for the future. Every event is now bigger than me! We have a growing level of acceptance and understanding of the principal concepts of these Races. The GGR, OGR and MGR are very unique in their simplicity and drive forward through the passion of all involved. The A team knows what they are doing! All events run on a four-year cycle and we are already locked in with forward planning until 2031!

I look forward to seeing you all in Boot Dusseldorf show late January 2022! McIntyre Adventure will be exhibiting and I am sure I will have a few holiday stories to tell. Work life balance is important and everything I do has to be fun, or why do it. That is the policy of the “A” team as well. Whatever you need, call them! See you soon and thanks for joining the ADVENTURE.

We will set sail at 12:00 UTC this coming Sunday, 31th of October from Lagos, Portugal. You could follow the Globe 5.80 Transat website here and live traker here. The start will also be on Facebook page here. Class Globe 580 Transat Latest Update Video could check here

OH and yes, I have two satellite phones on TREKKA…just in case they need to call….Life hey!!


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