About GGR

”When I first heard about the 2018 GGR I thought it was a great idea, why not do it, reach out to people who have the ambition to do something special with their lives.” RKJ

The 2018 Golden Globe Race will require all entrants to use only the same type, or similar equipment and technology that was carried onboard Robin Knox-Johnston’s 1968/69 race winning yacht Suhaili. Entry is by invitation only, for sailors aged 18 years and older at the start on June 14 2018. Entrants must show prior ocean sailing experience of at least 8,000 miles and another 2000 miles solo in any boat, by 30th April 2018.

Each entrant will be supplied a standard Race Pack by the event organisers for a fee (tba). The technology may change, but it will include, but not be limited to:

• A solar powered, stand-alone satellite tracking system (the skippers cannot see)
• A two-way satellite short text paging unit (to race headquarters only)
• Two hand held satellite phones (for important calls to Race headquarters only)
• A sealed box with a portable GPS chart plotter (for emergency use only)

During the race, all entrants must sail into Storm Bay, Hobart, Tasmania, passing through a ‘gate’ (when the race clock stops), and while drifting for approx. 90 minutes, meet the Race Director, media, and family, and pass over film/photos/letters, then sail back through the ‘gate’ (when the clock re-starts) without touching shore, or any person, or being resupplied.

Entrants may seek shelter and anchor (using the engine if needed) to make repairs, but may not enter port and no person may give any materiel assistance at any time during the Race

The Golden Globe perpetual trophy and up to £75,000 (tba) will be distributed to the winners. All entrants who complete the course will receive a Golden Globe plaque. Those finishing before 1500hrs on 22nd April 2019 will also receive a Suhaili trophy and a refund of their entry fee (tba).

This is a non-stop one-class race, so any entrant forced to make one stopover, or break the seal on their portable GPS chart plotter, will not be eligible for any official Golden Globe trophies, refund of entry fee or completion plaques, but can remain in the event, being moved to the ‘Chichester Class’. They will receive a ‘Chichester’ finishing plaque, provided they finish no later than 1500hrs on 22nd April 2019. Any entrant making two stops is disqualified.

The official prize giving and dinner will be held on 22nd April 2019; 50 years to the day that Sir Robin Knox-Johnston completed his voyage.

Applications for an invitation to compete in the 2018 Golden Globe Race close on 31st January 2018. A provisional non-refundable entry fee of  AUD 3000 is due with the application. The balance of AUD 11.000 (AUD 14.000 total) for the full entry fee (refundable under the rules of completion) must be paid no later than 31st January 2018. Entries are limited to 25 participants. The Organizers may issue up to 5 special invitations at any time ( total 30 entrants)

Approval for Production yacht types for entry into the Golden Globe Race will be at the sole discretion of the Race Organisers. They must be:

• Of fibre reinforced plastic construction.
• Designed prior to 1988 and have a minimum series of 20 yachts built from one builder.
• Have a hull length of between 32ft and 36ft. Bowsprits, wind vanes and outboard rudders, boomkins, pushpits and pulpits are not measured.
• Have full-length keels with rudders attached to the trailing edge.
• A minimum design displacement is 6,200kg.

Competitors are advised to seek early approval of design types before purchasing or modifying any boat for the event. Only the design will be approved to compete. The structural integrity, build quality, or suitability of any boat to survive the event, will be the sole responsibility of the entrant.

Yachts currently approved include:

  • Aries 32
  • Baba 35
  • Biscay 36
  • Bowman 36
  • Cape Dory 36
  • Nicholson 32 MKX-XI
  • Rustler 36
  • Westsail 32
  • Tradewind 35
  • Saga 34
  • Saltram 36
  • Vancouver 32 & 32
  • OE 32

Mast height, boom length, bowsprits and ballast must not exceed original design specifications. Refit must stay true to the original design and components may not be lightened. Strengthening is allowed, together with extra standing rigging.
Other designs may be approved on application to the Race Committee.

Sponsorship is allowed and may assist and support an entry in any way, provided a sponsor supplement fee of AUD 11.000 is paid. NO sponsors logos, other than normal trade marks, are to be displayed anywhere on the yacht or sails other than on one spinnaker and on a mainsail panel no larger than 2 meters x 1 meter. Sponsors names may be applied to the yacht hull, in consistent Arial type, black (or white) letters, max. 7.5 cm high, directly below the gunwale on each side of the boat.
An entrant may place only his or her official web site, or sponsor web site on the boom and boom cover, centred, for half it’s length, in plain contrasting Arial letters, no larger than 15 cm high. The name of the yacht may reflect that of a sponsor, but the name may only be applied in letters no higher than 15 cm.
Any entry seen to be supported by a sponsor or equipment supplier, in any capacity, and in any form of media, before or during the event, who has not previously paid the Sponsor Supplement, will be charged a 100% Sponsor surcharge (AUD 22.000) or be withdrawn from the Race.

Insurance. All competitors must carry at least £ 5 million of Public Liability insurance whilst in UK waters and during the Race. 

Race LOGO. The official Race logo must be applied to the forward part of the hull port and starboard, clear of any other graphics. The official race number must be applied amidships, port and starboard. Entrants must fly the official Race flags and place the official Race banner on the entered yacht when required to do so.

Safety gear that must be carried, but is not limited to the following:
• 1st 406 GPS EPIRB.
• 2nd 406 GPS EPIRB.
• 121.5 EPIRB radio direction finder.
• 1x Hydrostatic release canister ISAF liferaft (minimum 4 man) with a 3rd 406 GPS EPIRB and HH GPS/VHF radio sealed inside.
• 1 x active radar reflector/ transponder with radar detector.
• 1 x passive stacked array radar reflector.
• Category 0 flare set, inc. laser flare.
• 1 x Strobe light.
• 1 x mobility Survival suit.
• 1 x inflatable life Jacket/safety harness,406/GPS,PLB & strobe attached.
• 1 x lifebuoy with strobe light and drogue
• 1 x Race approved first-aid kit (tba)
• 1 x Race approved Grab bag (tba).
• 1 x fog horn
• 1 x spot light
• 1 x echo sounder
• 1 x radio direction finder.
• The top 3 meters of the mainsail must be coloured ‘safety orange’, together with the storm jib and trysail (if carried).
• A minimum 120 watts in solar panels.
• A collision bulkhead 15% of the LOA from the bow.
• Minimum of 3sq meters of ‘safety orange’ on deck.
• A heavy weather Drogue that can also be rigged as an emergency steering.
• Two spinnaker pole “base” deck fittings permanently mounted mid-ships and other fittings carried on board, to build a “Jury rig” whilst at sea.

Certification. Each entry must submit to the race committee for comment, preferably before refit work commences) a comprehensive REFIT PLAN, detailing the extent of the planned refit for the entered yacht. As a minimum, it must specifically cover details relating to the collision bulkhead, watertight cockpit lockers (if fitted), spars and rigging, chainplates, hatches and ports, companionway, rudder and steering. Once that work is completed as described in the refit plan, the yacht must be inspected by a certified marine surveyor, (approved by the Race Committee and at the entrants expense) to confirm all work specified in the refit plan has been carried out in an appropriate manner and in the surveyor’s opinion, the vessel is fit to sail across oceans.

It is strongly advised that before any entrant purchase a pre-owned boat, that an authorised rigger fully inspect the mast and spars to ensure that in their professional opinion, the fitted spars are able to be suitably refitted for serious Ocean use, or a new Spar should be considered before purchase. The GGR committee place particular importance on mast and rigging integrity and will stand by any authorised riggers recommendation.

No earlier than three months before the Golden Globe Race start, all spars and rigging must be inspected by a certified rigger approved by the Race Committee and approved as ‘appropriate and ready’ for serious ocean sailing. Original signed copies of both reports must be sent to the Race Committee as soon as practical and no later than June 1st 2018. No yacht will be accepted into the Race without these two certificates.

Notice of Race, the prenotice of race has now been issued and can be downloaded here. Entrants must arrive at the Race venue in Falmouth no later than 1500hrs on Sunday 27th, May 2018. Safety inspections will be carried out prior to the event, but entrants must sign declarations confirming compliance with equipment, race rules and limiting liability for the Race organizers/sponsors, before being given official race certificate and race pennant.
The Race clock starts with the start gun on the 14th June 2018. If an entrant does not start within five days of the start, he or she is deemed to have withdrawn from the Race. At the end of the Race, ships logs and celestial navigation notes will be scrutinized for compliance and further declarations signed by the entrant, confirming rule compliance during the Race. On crossing the finish line, entrants will be given one week free mooring at the race venue.

Race Route
The race course is an east-about circumnavigation starting and finishing in Falmouth UK. Competitors will sail down the Atlantic from North to South leaving:
• Cape of Good Hope to port
• Prince Edward Island to starboard
• Crozet Islands to starboard
• Kerguelen Islands to starboard
• 50°S latitude to starboard
• Cape Leeuwin to port
• Then to a ‘Gate’ in Storm Bay. Tasmania
• Then leaving 50°S latitude to starboard until 100°W longitude
• Cape Horn to port
• Sail up the Atlantic from South to North.
• Finish in Falmouth. 

Golden Globe Race Chart

Golden Globe Race Chart

Amendments to the race course regarding safety measures to avoid drifting ice and/or a minimum distance of the course from the coast of some countries in the southern hemisphere will be published no later than the 30th May 2018. These amendments will be based on studies carried out for weather and ice conditions in consultation with Rescue Co-Ordination Centers.

Communications. Entrants are free to speak to media, family, friends and sponsors by radio at any time during the event, but must not be given any form of weather routing. Competitors may communicate freely (by radio or by hailing) with other competitors, or other mariners on vessels at sea, requesting or giving any verbal information/advice whatsoever, even if this is considered weather routing.

Position reporting. Entrants are required to make a mandatory position report to race headquarters by HF radio, or any other means, (except the Race sat. phone) at least once every week. Failing to do so, will incur a £200 penalty on each occasion. Entrants must check in with Race headquarters by satellite phone on a designated day, at least once every week, or as requested via text, from Race headquarters. Entrants are free to call Race headquarters with the Race sat phone at any time, to make a confidential ‘Voluntary safety report’. No information from this safety report will be passed on to any other person unless considered appropriate by the Race Committee. The Race Pack satellite phone will NOT be left ON 24 hours a day. Both the satellite tracking system (solar powered) and the satellite texting unit MUST BE LEFT POWERED ON 24 hours a day, so that Race organisers can monitor progress and make contact with the competitor when needed. Only Emergency and calls/texts to Race headquarters can be made via the satellite phone. Additional satellite phones, texting or tracking units are NOT PERMITTED onboard.

World Media will be able to access boat tracking information from the GoldenGlobeRace.com. The Race Media Unit will work with entrants to generate pre-race publicity and will report major incidents and human-interest stories to the media throughout the Race. On occasion, the Race Director may call competitors for information by texting a competitor at any time, asking them to turn their sat phone on. Information received from competitors during Voluntary safety reports will NOT normally be passed to anyone outside the race management.

During the Race, no photos or film will be available from competitors whilst at sea, (other than library footage shot before the start) except when competitors pass Hobart at the halfway point. Recorded video and voice reports will be made available to the media at the Race Director’s discretion.

Entrants are free to communicate with the media, at any time during the Race by radio telephone only.

Copyright of all media associated with the 2018 Golden Globe Race generated by all entrants during the Race, remains vested with the Race organisers, but will be licensed back to each competitor as part of a joint sharing arrangement, so that competitor materiel can be used by the Race organiser to promote the Race and produce the official documentary and book. The Official Race LOGO may only be used by official entrants for non-commercial and editorial purposes. Commercial use of the Race logo will require written permission from the Race organisers.

Many yachts shown here of currently “approved boats” are available for sale online. Some are still available as “New Builds”.