The Golden Globe yacht race 2018 now stands at 30 competitors who have given the A$3000 as entry fee. Like the original Sunday Times Golden Globe Race in 1968, the 2018 Golden Globe Race is very simple. Depart Falmouth, England on June 14 and sail solo, non-stop around the world via the five Great Capes, and return to Falmouth, which was the start line and finish line for the 1968-9 race.
The actual event was started with nine contestants in the original event, with Sir Robin Knox-Johnston as the only ‘player’ to finish the race, and becoming the 1st person to sail single-handed as well as non-stop across the world.
For the contest in 2018, contestants are limited to use the same type of yachts as well as equipment which were uncommitted to Knox-Johnston in the very 1st race. Three of the yachts which contended in Sunday Times Golden Globe Race – Sir Robin Knox-Johnston’s Suhaili, Bernard Moitessier’s Joshua, and Loïck Fougeron’s Captain Browne – are expected to attend the 2018 start.
Don McIntyre, the race founder, who also has a company that specialises in Yacht Charter in Croatia, had planned to contend in the Golden Globe Race 2018, and has already purchased a Tradewind 35 yacht to get ready for the event, but the unexampled interest in the Race has made him realize that the event needs his fulltime guidance.
McIntyre told that when he first came up with the whole idea to mark the fiftieth anniversary of the success of Sir Robin Knox-Johnston in Sunday Times Golden Globe Race, he believed that they would be lucky to match the 9 entries that began in the first race back in 1968. But interest in this retro race has struck a chord with so many sailors around the world.