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28 June 2018


Golden Globe Race 2018 – Around the world Alone
Race Start 1000UTC, Sunday, 1 July 2018

The host club for the Golden Globe 2018 Race is
The Royal Nomuka Yacht Club of Tonga

Sailonline.org is pleased to be partnering with the organisers and sponsors of the Golden Globe Race 2018 to bring the virtual version of this mammoth sailing feat to armchair navigators around the world. On the 1st of July the solo round the world non-stop Golden Globe 2018 Race will start from Les Sables-d’Olonne.

This year is the 50th Anniversary of the 1968 ocean classic won by Sir Robin Knox-Johnston in his 32 footer, ‘Suhaili’. The GGR18 is an around the world solo race that is totally unique and open to all. There are yacht design limitations, unlike the first Golden Globe, as this is also a salute to Suhaili, but if there were not, it would become just another competition to see who can get the best sponsorship. For this reason Sailonline.org has chosen the Rustler 36 as our virtual boat. This race is something that the average sailing person worldwide (with commitment) can compete in. There are 18 entrants currently include young, old, experienced, amateur, professional, coastal, offshore, cruising and adventurous sailors from 13 countries.

Entrants include some of the world’s best known skippers – legends of single-handed sailing.


Rustler 36

The virtual GGR18 boat will have characteristics close to those of a Rustler 36 of which there are six yachts entered in the passage race and the main event. Participants in the virtual GGR18 will be able to test their navigational skills against the real Rustler 36s as well as the other yachts in the fleet. Also, with the permission of the race organisers and with the cooperation of YB Tracking, Sailonline.org will display the real fleet on the virtual race screen. This adds a sense of ‘reality’, competitiveness and involvement in the race.

Sailonline's virtual Golden Globe 2018 Race will open for registration soon to allow ample time to practise. Competing in virtual races on Sailonline is free and no advantage can be gained by buying a better suit of sails or including ‘rock star’ crew members. This is true one-design racing and a test of skill.

GGR 2018 Entry List

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