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The Golden Globe Race is as robust because it will get

The Golden Globe Race is as robust because it will get

by Don McIntyre 20 Sep 09:24 EST

Jean Luc VDH, winner of the 2018 Golden Globe in 212 days, welcomes Tapio Lehtinen again to Les Sables d’Olonne, the ultimate finisher after 322 days at sea © Jf.Brossier / Ville des Sables d’Olonne

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The 1968 Sunday Occasions Golden Globe Race made historical past delivering the primary ever solo continuous unassisted voyage around the globe. 9 began, one completed, one died, one boat was misplaced. The legend of this superb journey was born.

It was not a race just like the America’s Cup. It was a problem and show of the human spirit. A testomony to human braveness within the face of utmost problem, nice isolation and counting on one’s personal capacity to get the job finished it doesn’t matter what. It was additionally an incredible feat of seamanship, borne from expertise, combined with giant quantities of frequent sense. The target was easy. Get around the globe by your self and do not cease. The planning was not sophisticated, Carry meals! Neither was the preparation if you happen to knew what you have been doing. Study to navigate! The execution was additionally uncomplicated, simply extremely exhausting. Get to the end!

In 2014 I had the concept of ​​attempting to recreate this occasion that was a part of my life for 40 years. Sir Robin Knox Johnston, the one finisher in 1969 is certainly one of my boyhood heroes. In 2018 the Golden Globe set off once more for the primary time in 50 years. It may by no means be an identical to the 1968 version for a lot of causes, however we held true to the core rules. It was a hit within the eyes of those that understood the problem.

Like the primary version, the 2018 Golden Globe was a sport. The foundations are set. Entrants determine in the event that they wish to play and volunteer to be a part of that sport. 18 units out, 5 completed, 4 boats have been misplaced. The legend was again. It was life defining and life altering for entrants and lots of followers. Some not for the higher. It was an excessive problem that for gamers hits the core of who you might be and what you consider in, even why you exist. Most are proving one thing to themselves. It was not a solution to the which means of life, but it surely certain examined them and even followers around the globe. Some entrants have been shocked by the expertise and nonetheless are to today. It was to not be what they anticipated, even after years of preparation. However that’s the identify of this sport.

The GGR is as robust because it will get. You may make up your individual thoughts on that. All of the crusing races around the globe make this declare, however look intently on the GGR earlier than you sweep it off as a throwaway line. Begin with 8 months of insulation and work it again from there.

The sport has actual danger, the largest attraction to gamers. It is more durable and extra excruciatingly painful than even incoming think about. Do not attempt to consider that problem too lengthy! It’s exhausting to know, however it’s.

In a sport of playing cards, you employ ability, likelihood and luck. Most perceive that within the GGR you may make your individual luck by way of good planning, preparation after which seamanlike execution. However you continue to want luck. That wild card is similar right this moment because it was in 1968. So too, the sensation of the gamers after they lastly get a GREEN CARD to play the GGR sport. They dreamed of that second and at last the sport is on!

The GGR sport recreates an necessary factor from the 1968 Golden Globe. Bernard Moitessier crusing JOSHUA had no radio. Only a slingshot and flashing gentle to cross messages to the world. He sailed by way of the Canaries seeking to cross messages, then right down to Trindade Island within the South Atlantic to do the identical, unsuccessfully. He made for Cape City twice, firing his messages and movie canisters to the deck of anchored ships. In Hobart he waited hours for a passing fishing vessel to take his letters to the Royal Yacht Membership Tasmania.

Robin Knox Johnston crusing SUHAILI had a radio, but it surely failed. He sailed up into Victoria, Australia to cross messages to the pilot vessel and prepare a message drop in New Zealand. He anchored in Dunedin New Zealand, ready for his contact to reach with letters from residence. Below the foundations of the sport, they might not be delivered. They have been opened and browse to him from a ship alongside. This was the sport in 1968.

The 2022 GGR sport is similar. Gamers should drop letters and movies at Lanzarote within the Canaries. They go away Trindade island within the South Atlantic to port. They drop letters and movie in Cape City and cease in Hobart Tasmania precisely the identical as Moitessier. As a substitute of New Zealand now we have Punta del Este in Uruguay.

Sh*t occurs in life simply the identical as accidents. There are at all times causes for them and we be taught from them. Sadly, Man deBoer sailed his yacht SPIRIT straight up onto rocks just a few hours after rounding the GGR movie drop mark in Lanzarote. Happily, he was not injured and was capable of stroll ashore. He didn’t drift there and was not trapped on a lee shore unable to sail off. He had all of the charts and navigation tools to know precisely the place he was. There have been lighthouses clearly seen. The climate was delicate and sea state low. It was evening and visibility was good. He has not but defined precisely what occurred, however we all know it was an accident.

The historical past of crusing clearly demonstrates that working ashore is a danger. It occurs in totally crewed racing with all the most recent most subtle electronics {and professional} sailors’ cash should buy. It occurs within the greatest solo races, with the largest budgets, most subtle tools and most well-known sailors. It occurs to weekend sailors who solely know tips on how to watch a chart plotter. They’re all referred to as accidents.

Accidents will at all times occur in any sport and on any ocean.

Within the GGR sport you will need to hear solely to cassette tapes. You may solely use HF SSB radios. You have to use wind up clocks. For protected navigation, it’s not a sport. Gamers have each system and ability you have to know the place you might be, on a regular basis, supplying you with all the knowledge wanted to behave in a seaman like method, all the best way around the globe and NOT hit rocks on the coast. There may be additionally an emergency GPS if wanted. That is a proof for these not acquainted with the foundations of the GGR sport, NOT any criticism of Man deBoer. Some might now assume following Man’s accident that the GGR guidelines put entrants in danger. They do NOT!

All skippers on this sport are answerable for their very own wellbeing and the security of their ship always. None are pressured into unsafe practices due to the sport. The problem and issue are apparent to entrants who love dealing with that. They alone make the selections on how a lot sleep they want, what course they sail and when to surrender. This level runs to the core of why they’re doing it and why they find it irresistible. There shall be winners and losers in any sport. However the GGR sport itself is protected. Perhaps safer than your individual daily existence and the dangers you face with out even understanding it.

Accidents occur to us all. Even in automobiles. It occurs in, motor racing, mountain and mountain climbing, parachuting, motor cross racing, glider flying, helicopters flying, trike flying, gyrocopter flying, scuba diving, Antarctic expeditions, open boat expeditions. Identical too in solo around the globe yacht and mini solo transatlantic yacht racing. I do know, as I’ve finished all of them. I accepted the chance and did the whole lot to mitigate them earlier than the occasion. I used my greatest worth judgments in each resolution I ever made throughout the exercise. Perhaps I used to be fortunate? I’ve by no means had an accident (contact wooden), however I used to be at all times joyful to play the sport as a volunteer and really feel really alive and glad with my life.

Jane and I are very pleased with the GGR and the GGR household around the globe that helps make it what it’s and what it stands for. An opportunity for any sailor to play the sport. The GGR offers followers one thing to dream about, a show of the human spirit in all its Glory. We’re very pleased with all of the entrants, together with GUY, who comply with their goals and do the whole lot they will to dwell life. And not using a spirit of journey and accountable danger takers, the world can be worse off. Thanks for following the GAME!

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