2018 Golden Globe Race moves to Les Sables d’Olonne, France

Wednesday, 04 October 2017


 Dateline: Les Sables d'Olonne, 4th October 2017.  The 2018 Golden Globe Race, celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the original event back in 1968/9 which led to the first solo non-stop circumnavigation, will now start from Les Sables d’Olonne France on Sunday July 1st 2018.

Les Sables d’Olonne, which also hosts the start and finish of the 4-yearly Vendée Globe solo non-stop round the world race in Open 60 class yachts, is now a partner in the 2018 Golden Globe Race and will host a 2-week celebration to the origins of solo sailing in the port prior to the start.

At a press conference held in Les Sables d’Olonne today, Yannick Moreau, President of the Sables d'Olonne Agglomeration said:

"The port of Les Sables d'Olonne, home of the Vendée Globe, is happy to welcome the ‘Golden Globe Race’, the father of all the solo round the world events, a pure race that places man and not the machine at the heart of this maritime adventure.

The Golden Globe Race 2018 could not have chosen a better port in Europe to organize the start and finish of such a legendary race which has attracted so many sailors and adventurers from all over the world.

The Sables d'Olonne agglomeration, the city and the Vendée partners will be happy to offer the Vendée Globe channel and public support to these adventurers who will take off from Les Sables on July 1, 2018, 50 years after Sir Robin Knox –Johnston, Bernard Moitessier and their companions on the "long route". The Golden Globe Race is also  an opportunity for Les Sables d'Olonne to reinforce its popularity with lovers of the sea all around the world. This is a maritime adventure with a capital "A". Welcome to Les Sables d'Olonne! "

 

Suhaili Falmouth Parade of Sail

Prior to this, the entire GGR fleet of traditional long-keeled yachts and their skippers will participate in a special Suhaili Parade of Sail in Falmouth, Cornwall on Thursday June 14 to mark the day that Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, set out to win the original Golden Globe Race 50 years before.

One of nine entrants, Sir Robin was the solo finisher. Frenchman Bernard Moitessier sailing Joshua, rounded Cape Horn 17 days behind Knox-Johnston, and having the bigger yacht, might have overtaken his English rival. But instead of heading back up the Atlantic in hot pursuit, Moitessier turned east to make a second circumnavigation of the Southern Ocean to ‘Save my soul’ as he put it.

This Parade of Sail, organised by the Falmouth Town Team and Royal Cornwall Yacht Club (where Sir Robin stepped ashore upon his return), promises to be quite a spectacle. Sir Robin, sailing aboard his famous yacht Suhaili, will lead Bernhard Moitessier’s yacht Joshua, Sir Francis Chichester’s Gipsy Moth IV and Sir Alec Rose’s Lively Lady in a Parade of Sail around Falmouth Harbour saluted by the Golden Globe Race skippers and many other vessels on the day.

SITraN Challenge Race from Falmouth to Les Sables d’Olonne

 

 

Presented by Cathy McLeanhttp://www.bymnews

BYM where the news is read.

1.5 Million News items opened Jan. 1- Apr. 30 2017

Our readership http://www.bymnews.com/pdf/january-june-2017-statistics.pdf

Two for the price of one a place on one of our 3 carousels plus a PDF in BYM magazine, embedded images included Just $42.50 PCM

 

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 04 October 2017 )